Q. What are the out of pocket costs for the various treatment options?
A. As of 2013, treatment costs run as follows:
- Prolotherapy costs a minimum of $150 for one ultrasound-guided injection. The more sites injected, the more time and materials it takes to complete the treatment, therefore, the more expensive it is. It costs $150-600 to treat any given area or region. This includes ultrasound guidance in most scenarios. Actual costs will be determined after a full evaluation of a patient’s problem including a medical history, physical examination, diagnostic ultrasound evaluation, and review of any pertinent diagnostic films and other test results.
- PRP treatments range from $750 for a small joint to $1,100 for a large region like a sports hernia. This includes ultrasound examination each time a treatment is performed, ultrasound guidance, a PRP kit, preparation of the PRP, a platelet count, and injection of the PRP to all necessary sites to complete the treatment plan.
- Fat grafting is an additional $600 to $2,000 to perform the mini-liposuction, separate the fat from the blood and oil, and prepare the fat for implantation, as well as to perform the injection with ultrasound guidance.
- A Regenexx stem cell injection, at this time, cost $4,350 for a single joint or region. This includes a bone marrow aspiration, preparing the bone marrow concentrate, and injecting the cells back into the joint or tendon. This also includes automatic stem cell counting and a mandatory research fee, as all patients are required to enroll in our Regenexx patient registry so post-procedure outcomes can be monitored to note successes as well as any complications or side effects that may occur. This data also serves to foster further research and development. The cost for the registry is $150 per patient and is factored into the overall cost of the stem cell treatment. The research fee is paid one time for each joint during the first treatment and covers that joint until your treatment is finished. If a different joint is treated at another time, the research fee will be charged again.