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A Quick Guide to Stem Cell Procedures Abroad

Stem cell therapy is becoming popular abroad because of its ability to treat many diseases. You’ll find that many of these treatments are still not available in the U.S.

Read through this column to know everything about regenerative medicine in other countries.

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Why Should You Choose Stem Cell Therapies Abroad?

Many stem cell procedures may not be available in your country yet. It is because of a lacking framework that has slowed the approval process.

At the same time, other countries are fast-tracking the research on the latest approaches. Trials are ongoing around the world to test their safety and efficacy.

Many people solve their health issues from this safe and legal procedure abroad. If you choose to get this therapy abroad, the benefits are-

  • High Quality Care
High Quality Care

Seeking treatment in a foreign country might be a daunting task for you. We are here to clear any doubts about healthcare options abroad.

The healthcare sector has made great advances worldwide. The hospitals abroad offer state-of-the-art infrastructure.

You’ll receive treatments with the latest technologies at affordable costs, and a skilled workforce will look after you.

The doctors and other medical staff at these facilities are highly qualified.

    • Safe Practices
    Safe Practices
    • Mexico and India have legal and certified hospitals. Also, the doctors are highly skilled in handling your health problems. COFEPRIS regulates Giostar in Mexico.
    • In India, Giostar holds accreditations by GMP and the ISO. Giostar has also signed an MoU with the Government of India to provide stem cell therapy in various parts of the country.
      • Lower Costs
      Lower Costs

      Healthcare bills in countries like Mexico are almost a fraction of the cost in America. The treatments can cost you nearly 70% cheaper than the USA.[1]Ecole des Commerces
      Why is surgery cheaper in Mexico?
      “Apart from the in-depth knowledge of plastic surgery and medical care as a whole, prices can be 60-70% less than the surgical costs associated with surgery in the United States or Canada.”
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      Many treatments abroad come with lesser out-of-pocket charges. It is helpful for you if you’re on a small budget.

        • Lesser Waiting
        Lesser Waiting

        Mexico has virtually no wait time for most surgeries.[2]Mexlaw
        Expats Have Access To Healthcare in Mexico on 3 Levels
        “Private hospitals in Mexico have virtually no wait time for most consults and surgeries.”
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        You can get your issues looked at within a few days or even the same day in some cases.

        The procedure is hassle-free. It’ll make your journey to good health less physically and mentally exhausting.

          What Is Stem Cell Therapy?

          Stem cell therapy generates healthy cells in place of diseased cells. The procedure uses these cells or their derivatives for treatment.[3]Mayo Clinic
          Stem Cells: What They Are and What They Do
          “Stem cell therapy, also known as regenerative medicine, promotes the repair response of diseased, dysfunctional or injured tissue using stem cells or their derivatives.
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          An introduction to Stem Cell Therapy

          The Procedure of Stem Cell Therapy 

          Here is a simple description of how the procedure works-

          👉Stage 1: The initial stage is known as the mobilization stage. It involves an infusion of drugs to move the stem cells from the bone marrow to the bloodstream.

          👉Stage 2: Once the blood test shows enough stem cells in the bloodstream, the harvesting of stem cells takes place. This stage is done approximately ten days after mobilization.

          👉Stage 3: The hospital then stores the stem cells in a freezing environment for later use.

          👉Stage 4: In this stage, your body goes through another round of chemotherapy known as conditioning chemotherapy. It aims to destroy the damaged cells.

          This chemotherapy prepares the body for treatment.

          👉Stage 5: The final stage involves implanting harvested stem cells back into the body. The process takes place after a few days of conditioning chemotherapy.

          It takes 2-3 hours and is similar to having a blood transfusion. The new cells may take 10-30 days to generate.

          Uses of Stem Cells 

          There are many uses of stem cells like:

          • Tissue Regeneration
          • Cardiovascular disease treatment
          • Brain disease treatment
          • Cell deficiency therapy
          • Blood disease treatment

          For treatment, various techniques include stem cell transplants and stem cell injections.

          Stem Cell Applications

          The type of technique for the treatment will depend on the kind of illness you have.

          Types of Stem Cells

          Check out the following types of stem cells that have different purposes. [4]Healthline
          Stem Cell Research
          “Types of Stem Cells There are several types of stem cells that can be used for different purposes.”
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          TypeSourceInformation
          Embryonic Stem Cells3-5 day embryo (Blastocyst)

          Blastocyst

          • Can give rise to any other stem cell in the body.
          • Can regenerate or repair diseased tissue and organs.
          • Also known as pluripotent stem cells.
          • However, embryonic stem cell research is controversial as it involves destroying an embryo.
          • Our partner clinic, Giostar, does not use embryonic stem cells for treatment.
          Adult Stem CellsDeveloped organs and tissues in the body like bone marrow or fat cells

          Fat Cells

          • Can create only similar types of cells.
          • The body uses them to repair and replace damaged tissue.
          • For decades, doctors have used hematopoietic stem cells to perform bone marrow transplants to treat some types of cancer.
          Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (IPSC)Genetically altered adult stem cells

          Red Blood Cells

          • May develop new cells for any organ or tissue.
          • They behave like embryonic stem cells.
          Cord Blood Stem CellsUmbilical cord after childbirth

          Umbilical Cord

          • Can treat cancer, blood disorders, and immune system disorders.
          • High success rate in treating children with terminal diseases like blood cancer.

          Recent Developments in Stem Cell Therapy 

          Stem cell treatment is becoming a popular choice for treating Osteoarthritis. It is a common disease that affects millions of people in the world.

          The process involves using mesenchymal stem cells for the treatment. Many studies have shown their potential for the treatment of Osteoarthritis.[5]NCBI
          Mesenchymal stem cells in osteoarthritis therapy: a review
          “A number of preclinical and clinical studies have confirmed the potential for MSCs as a novel therapeutic strategy for the treatment of OA.”
          View in Article

          Cost of Stem Cell Therapy 

          Stem cell therapy cost in Mexico and India is lower than in the USA and Canada. However, this does not affect the quality of the treatment offered to you.

          The actual cost varies depending on your interests, type of stem cells, source of stem cells, and the procedure.

          Countries That Offer Stem Cell Therapies

          Finding a trustworthy hospital in an unfamiliar country can be difficult. Therefore, we’re here to help you choose the best hospitals abroad for your treatment.

          MEXICO 

          1. Booming Medical Tourism

          Mexico is a famous destination for medical tourism. In March 2020 alone, around 728,000 people visited Mexico to get their medical treatments done.[6]PR Newswire
          Medical Tourism Mexico: High Quality, Affordable Prices
          “As stated by Statista, 728,000 medical tourists visited Mexico in March 2020, making it a popular destination for medical tourism.”
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          The World Travel and Tourism Council President and CEO, Gloria Guevara Manzo, said Mexico is an excellent world-class destination.[7]The Mazatlan Post
          The WTTC grants safe travel seals to destinations in Mexico
          ““Mexico is a great world-class travel destination, its different tourist attractions are recognized and preferred by business and leisure tourists for its rich culture, traditions, gastronomy and, above all, for the warmth of its people, ”said Gloria Guevara Manzo, President and CEO of the WTTC.
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          Cancun Mexico

          2. Legal Procedure

          Stem cell therapy in Mexico is safe and legal. The COFEPRIS overlooks stem cell procedures in Mexico.[8]Giostar
          Stem cell therapy safety and legality in Mexico
          “Stem cell therapy is thoroughly regulated by the Mexican FDA-equivalent: COFEPRIS.”
          View in Article

          Due to the growing awareness around medicine, Mexico has fast-tracked research around stem cell therapies.

          This framework has made it possible for these therapies to be accessible to people worldwide.

          3. Treatments

          You can seek stem cell therapy for many health conditions-

          Stem Cell Therapy for Knee Pain

          For Pain Management: Knee Pain, Spinal Cord Injury, Back Pain, Hip Pain, and Shoulder.
          For Anti-Aging and Performance
          Diseases: Parkinson’s Disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Erectile Dysfunction, Multiple Sclerosis, Arthritis, Liver Diseases, Diabetes, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Autism, Neuropathy, Muscular Dystrophy, Kidney Disease, COVID-19 and Heart Diseases.

          4. Cost-Effective

          The cost of the treatment will depend upon the disease and the type of treatment.

          For example, the average cost of treating knee pain using stem cell therapy at Giostar Mexico ranges from $5,000 to $12,000.

          5. Travel

          There are many travel options to choose from to reach Mexico. You can get to Mexico by flight, bus, or car.

          Mode of TransportInformation
          Flights
          • All major American and Canadian airports connect to Mexico.
          • We can help you arrange pick-up and drop-off services from the airport.
          • You can also book a flight to San Diego. It is the closest airport to the Mexican border. You can rent a car from there to travel to Mexico by road. It is a 3-hour drive.
          Bus
          • The bus network to and from Mexico is very efficient. It’ll make traveling easier for you.
          • Major stations include Sur (South) Bus Station, Norte (North) Bus Station, Poniente (West) Bus Station.
          • Greyhound bus service has many stations across the USA. They have regular routes that run to and from Mexico.
          Road (Car)
          • A temporary import permit for your car is required.
          • U.S. citizens should carry a valid U.S. passport.
          • You should also have valid automobile registration proof.

          6. Accommodation

          Planning a trip to Mexico but worried about accommodation costs? Don’t worry! Hotels in Mexico aren’t costly. At lower prices, you can get accommodations with incredible comforts.

          We recommend you stay close to the hospital when considering treatment at Giostar, Mexico. Some hotels near our facility are Cielito Lindo, California Comfort and Suites, and Hacienda Los Algodones.

          INDIA 

          1. Quality of Healthcare

          We understand your concerns about getting a treatment done in an unknown country.

          India is ranked 10th out of the top 46 countries globally in the Medical Tourism Index 2020-21.[9]Financial Express
          Medical value tourism in India: What makes the country a leading Medical Tourism Destination
          “India is ranked 10th out of the top 46 countries in the world in the Medical Tourism Index 2020-21 by Medical Tourism Association.”
          View in Article

          The nation stands out for its high-quality healthcare at low prices. The hospitals in India are equipped with the latest technologies.

          The highly qualified doctors will provide you with the best possible treatment.

          2. Low Cost of Treatment

          The cost of stem cell therapies in India is much lower than USA and Canada. You can save almost 70% of the price back in the USA. The cost of treatment may range between $1000 to $30,000.

          The final amount may depend on the type of treatment.

          However, lower prices do not affect the quality of the treatment provided to you. Connect with us for a free quote for your treatment.

          3. No Language Barrier

          Language barriers and communication gaps should take a back seat in your list of troubles. India has a large English-speaking workforce that is highly skilled.[10]Harvard Business Review
          As Covid-19 Disrupts Global Supply Chains, Will Companies Turn to India?
          “You have an English speaking workforce, highly skilled, the cost of labor is cheap and more important it is a growing market of 1.3 billion people whose disposable income is growing.””
          View in Article

          Many doctors and nurses speak English fluently. Moreover, our hospitals can also provide the services of translators if needed.

          4. Approved Treatments

          Procedures like bone marrow transplants have approval for treating blood cancer and other blood-related diseases in India.

          Doctors also use stem cell therapy for treating diabetes,[11]Cision PR Newswire
          GIOSTAR Launches Stem Cell / Cancer Research and Therapy Center in Chandigarh, India
          “Process of FDA approval for clinical trials for Type 2 Diabetes and other disorders in the United States”
          View in Article
          COVID-19,[12]Mint
          Coronavirus : Stem cells offer a ray of hope in battle against covid-19
          “A new candidate has emerged in the race to find a cure for covid-19—stem-cells.”
          View in Article
           Osteoarthritis, and many other problems.

          Stem Cell Therapy for Diabetes in India

          Moreover, Giostar India is compliant with regulatory authorities like GMP and ISO.

          5. Treatments Available

          India offers approved stem cell therapies for many diseases.

          Stem Cell Therapy for Hair Loss

          You can seek treatment for medical conditions like Hair Loss, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Diabetes, Knee Injuries, Liver Disease, Osteoarthritis, Sports injuries, and many more.

          Giostar uses autologous stem cells from the patient’s body for treatment. They are safe and effective in nature.

          6. Travel Options

          Travelling to India is not as expensive as you may think. You can get tickets for lower prices if you book well in advance for international air travel.

          There are many flights connecting the USA to India. Airlines like United Airlines, Air India and Emirates offer flexible cancellation policies.

          We can help you choose airlines and timings as per your needs.

          CityAirport CodeCategoryFlight Duration
          DelhiDELNon-Stop14h 05m+
          AhmedabadAMDOne-Stop18h 05m+
          ChandigarhIXCOne-Stop20h 55m+

          7. Accommodation

          India’s living costs are very low compared to the USA and Canada. The hotels provide great amenities and services. Many hotels within our network can provide 24-hour nursing and care.

          There are also many retreat facilities you can stay at to relax and unwind after your treatment. We can assist you in booking comfortable hotels as per your budget.

          Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

          Q. What is the best country for stem cell procedures?

          A. A research published in The American Journal of Medicine stated that Mexico and India rank amongst the top 10 destinations for medical tourism.[13]The American Journal of Medicine
          Medical Tourists: Incoming and Outgoing
          “Top 10 Destinations for Medical Tourism”
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          Q. What countries allow stem cell treatment?

          A. Mexico, India, Spain, Thailand, and many other countries have legal stem cell treatment facilities.

          Q. How much does stem cell surgery cost in Mexico?

          A. The cost depends upon the type of treatment and the hospital you choose.

          At Giostar, Mexico, the average cost of stem cell therapy for knee pain will range from $5,000 to $12,000.

          Q. Does insurance cover the cost of stem cell therapy?

          A. Stem cell therapy is not covered by insurance yet, due to the lack of awareness around the treatment.

          Even so, we are happy to guide you through costs and payment options over a phone call.

          Q. Is stem cell procedure safe?

          A. For any medical procedure, the patient’s safety and well-being are of utmost importance.

          At Giostar, Mexico, the directors assess each applicant’s viability via a health history form.

          The team will provide you with a safe environment for your treatment.

          Q. What is the success rate for stem cell therapy for knees?

          A. Many studies have shown that stem cell therapy for knee pain is very promising.

          Trials have concluded that it can clinically and functionally improve the condition of knee osteoarthritis.[14]NCBI
          Stem Cells for the Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis: A Comprehensive Review
          “Regenerative medicine utilizing stem cells, platelet rich plasma (PRP), amniotic fluid, and cytokine modulation is very promising in the treatment of KOA.”
          View in Article

          Q. Does stem cell treatment have any side effects?

          A. Some side effects of stem cell therapy are nausea and vomiting, infections, reaction on the injection site, bleeding, and transfusion.[15]Cancer.Net
          Side Effects of a Bone Marrow Transplant (Stem Cell Transplant)
          “What are the side effects of an autologous transplant?”
          View in Article

          Conclusion 

          Many safe and legal treatments are available for a wide range of diseases. In addition to that, getting stem cell therapy abroad can save you a lot of money.

          We can help you get high-quality and affordable treatments abroad.

          Contact us for more information on hospitals best suited for you.

          References

          1. Ecole des Commerces: Why is surgery cheaper in Mexico?
          2. Mexlaw: Expats Have Access To Healthcare in Mexico on 3 Levels
          3. Mayo Clinic: Stem Cells: What They Are and What They Do
          4. Healthline: Stem Cell Research
          5. NCBI: Mesenchymal stem cells in osteoarthritis therapy: a review
          6. PR Newswire: Medical Tourism Mexico: High Quality, Affordable Prices
          7. The Mazatlan Post: The WTTC grants safe travel seals to Mexico
          8. Giostar: Stem cell therapy safety and legality in Mexico 
          9. Financial Express: Medical value tourism in India
          10. Harvard Business Review: Covid-19 Disrupts Global Supply Chains
          11. Cision PR News: GIOSTAR Launches Stem Cell Center in Chandigarh, India
          12. Mint: Coronavirus : Stem cells offer a ray of hope in battle against covid-19 
          13. TAJM: Medical Tourists: Incoming and Outgoing
          14. NCBI: Stem Cells for the Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis
          15. Cancer.net: Side Effects of a Bone Marrow Transplant (Stem Cell Transplant)

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