What you are looking at are stem cells. Adult stem cells. As I understand it, some form in the marrow of everyone’s bones and are released and circulated into the blood stream to build and repair all manner of body tissue. Like the nano-bots the science guys envision in the future of a brave new world, you’ve got them right now. Somewhere around the age of 35 or so they slow down their release into the general circulatory system considerably and that process sort of grinds to a halt. But they are still viable and extremely useful. They have been extracted and replanted to remarkable medical benefit for a long time. Just not here in the United States.
I gathered all of my written medical records from my congestive heart failure hospital stay last June, scanned them into a 60-page pdf document, and sent them to the stem cell doctor for review. In Argentina. Given all the data that was before them, they were able to offer a therapy involving a bone marrow harvest followed by implantation by catheter (similar to the test I was given in June) the next day and a short time of observation- a four-day stay. And the stem cells begin working right away. My stem cells.
Interested in a comparative cost for a triple bypass and mitral valve replacement, I poked around the internet. Not even considering the high risk nature of such a procedure (read: ballooning costs and recovery time), I was able to find the following:
“…the cost even without surgeon’s, consulting specialists, and x-ray, but just hospitalization of usually 5 days, surgical suite, staff is about $130,000. Surgeon’s fee is more like $30,000 to $40,000. Consulting cardiologists/surgical assistant, around 4,000 follow-up in cardiology office inclusive. X-ray procedures around $500. Physical therapy is above & beyond all this, and most patients opt to conduct their own home therapy because it is cost prohibitive without insurance that covers it. Medications given after hospitalization are all extra. If anyone wanted to know why a major health problem/surgery bankrupts the average American even with insurance (due to huge co-pays & deductibles) they need look no further.” This is the reality of “Bill For Service” driven health care in the here and now.
Do the math. Then multiply it by 1.5. And then some. The stem cell team was able to offer treatment of all four problem areas in the heart, as well as a lung problem impeding heart function that showed up in the tests. In addition to that, on the way back out they can take a detour and hit the pancreas to help improve a Type 2 diabetic condition. All for less than a surgeons fee as shown above. That’s less airfare but includes hotel accommodation for a companion. Alternate location of El Salvador as well. It gives one pause…
Somehow I will find the funds.
The body healing its self. A thing of beauty.