What is the process of stem cell treatment?
The first step is an initial consultation – in person, via mail or on the phone. When communicating via email, medical reports or results of MRI, CT and laboratory examinations should be sent. The patient’s condition will be consulted by doctors from different medical fields and treatment possibilities will be suggested. Patient will undergo initial laboratory tests 7–10 days before the application. Patient also fills out a questionnaire about medications taken, allergies, surgical procedures or diseases. The decision whether any medications should be excluded prior to application is assessed individually.
On the day of the application, patient comes to the Malacky Hospital in the morning. The staff accompanies the patient to the Special ward. There the patient or his/her legal representative completes the administrative admission. The medical staff will explain the whole application process and give all the necessary information to the patient.
In the patient’s room, the nurse will check the patient’s temperature, blood pressure, pulse and oxygen saturation. This is followed by the patient’s actual blood collection. Blood is taken for the preparation of plasma, which serves as a carrier for the stem cells, as well as for the donor’s and recipient’s follow-up laboratory tests on the day of administration. In case of a restless patient or a child who requires special treatment, a sedative syrup may be administered to calm them down. After inserting the cannula into the vein, a drug containing corticosteroids is administered as an immunosuppressant – dosage depends on the weight and age of the patient to prevent an allergic reaction.