Human Embryonic Stem Cell Therapy Restores Hope for Amanda

HESC Procedures–What happens during the treatment program?

Human Embryonic Stem Cell Procedures

First Treatment:  Two months–June 25-August 17, 2007

Second Treatment:  One month (which I extended to 5 weeks)–January 11-February 19, 2008

Third Treatment:  One month–May 2-June 2, 2008

Each SCI patient should expect to begin their treatment program with an initial two-month visit to India.  This initial first visit is followed by several one-month follow-up treatments.  Expect a four to six month interval in between each visit.   I am giving myself a two-three year treatment plan as recommended by Dr. Shroff. 

Payment for each individual varies according to their disability and response to HESC treatment.  Please check with Dr. Shroff for accurate fee schedule as fees are subject to change.  As a guide for 2008, SCI (spinal cord injury) patients typically pay US$40,000 for the first two-month treatment, with a US$20,000 fee for each additional month-long treatment.  The cost includes private hospital room with private bathroom for patient and caregiver; three meals per day–small refridgerator, toaster and hot water kettle included; HESC treatment program; six days per week physical therapy.

In the two months of my first treatment in the summer of 2007  I had a total of five procedures along with six days per week of intense physical therapy and walking with leg braces.  Therapy is often twice a day, morning and afternoon.  Sundays are rest days free of physical therapy. 

Every day during the entire treatment program I received two HESC injections–one in the morning and one at night–seven days per week. 

In preparation for a spinal procedure, larger doses of stem cells were administered via intravenous infusion two days per week.

For my second and third treatments, each a month long in duration, Dr. Shroff and Dr. Ashish Verma condensed all five stem cell procedures into one month.  The procedures include:

1)    Caudal Procedure (toward the tailbone area) – injection of two syringe-fulls of HESCs into the cauda equina area near the coccyx.

2)    Deep Spinal Muscle Procedure – two injections of HESCs into the muscles on either side of my spinal cord at the site of injury.

3)    Direct Thoracic or Lumbar Puncture – injection of two syringes of HESCs below or above the injury site directly into the spinal cord.

4)    Epidural Catheter Three-day Procedure – catheter inserted into the outer sheath of the spinal cord with tubing that is taped to the back and a portal that hangs over the shoulder.  HESCs are injected into the portal to saturate the outer spinal area over the course of three days.

5)    Two-day Procedure – same as three-day but only for two days.  During my month-long treatments, this procedure was an extra procedure done if time permited, and depended on my recovery time from previous procedures.

No physical therapy is allowed during procedures.

Each procedure affects the body in different ways.


1 Comment»

  Abbas Amiri wrote @

I last year had an accident with my car (2007/jul/ 04).so broken two cervical vertebra(No:6&7 from my neck) and hurt my spinal cord or my myelo-.I was complete paralysis.
after three surgical operation I can movement my hands. I need to get some information about
Dr. Geeta Shroff .because I want to make an appointment for treatment
best regards
Abbas Amiri

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