THE Davao Adventist Hospital is now offering services for autologous stem cell therapy.
Marketing officer Kim Endrei Go said the therapy is the first in Davao City and an alternative treatment for degenerative diseases of joints and bones caused by sports injuries and chronic pains.
Go said the treatment allows the patient to continue the normal routine even after the treatment. He said the therapy is non-surgical and has a healing period of only three days.
The modalities in extracting stem cells in the therapy are either through the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and through Bone Marrow Aspiration Concentrate.
Go said autologous means that the stem cells will be extracted from the patient himself and will be regenerated through an equipment.
The hospital uses the Harvest technologies from the United States which introduced the SmartPrePtm2.
SmartPrePtm2 is used to redefine platelet concentrate systems. Its latest innovation will further expand and enhance the use of autologous bioactive proteins as well as help optimize the condition for healing.
Go said that the therapy session depends on the severeness of the patient's condition. He added that most patients had 3 sessions but some had once or twice.
He said the technology was first practice in their Cebu branch and is now adopted for Davao. He said that in Cebu there about almost 90 treatments since November last where it was launched.
Each session costs P80,000 where about 60 cc of platelet and stem cells will be collected from the patient.
The hospital is planning to hold forums regarding the therapy as part of their information dissemination process.
The practicing doctor will be Dr. Jeimylo de Castro MD DPBRM, FPARM.
Go said they will also be opening an eye center either June or July of this year.