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Frequently Asked Regenerative Medicine Questions - Glastonbury, CT

Have a Question? We Have the Answer

Most people have never heard the term “regenerative medicine” before, so if you have questions for us, know that you’re far from alone! Dr. Tortland and Dr. LaVallee always take time with each patient to fully explain every procedure so they can feel informed and confident about their options. If you have any questions about the kind of care we provide here at the New England Stem Cell Institute, go ahead and give us a call. Below, we’ve gone ahead and answered some of our most commonly asked questions to give you a head start.

Where do the stem cells you use come from?

All of our stem cells come from YOU - your own fat reserves or bone marrow. This is to ensure there is no risk of an allergic reaction and ensure maximum healing. The cells are obtained using minimally invasive and minimally uncomfortable procedures right here in our office using cutting-edge technology, and then we perform the stem cell procedure immediately the SAME day.

Do you ever use embryonic stem cells?

Never . Embryonic stem cells have not been shown to provide any better healing than stem cells from your own body. We all have stem cells in our body, and using cells that are already natural to you is always preferable.

Can stem cells come from the umbilical cord?

NO. Any practice claiming to use "umbilical cord stem cells" is fraudulent. While products derived from amniotic fluid, placenta tissue, and umbilical cord blood have some therapeutic value in select situations, NONE of these products contains ANY live or viable stem cells. None. Period. These are NOT "stem cell" products, and clinics that are promoting the use of amnion, placenta, or cord blood as "stem cell" treatments are committing fraud.

What makes your practice different from all the other clinics?

We were the first practice in New England, and among the first in the whole country, to begin performing treatments for painful orthopedic, musculoskeletal, and neurological conditions using stem cells. No one in the region has more skill, experience, or expertise than we do. You can trust us for the most honest, the most reliable, and the most effective treatments. We were also among the first practices in the country to become a signatory to The OrthoBiologics Ethics Consortium, a multi-disciplinary group of health care providers committed to promoting ethical research, marketing, and clinical use of orthobiologics such as stem cells and PRP.