Stem Cell Therapy Singapore Cost 2023

Stem Cell Therapy Cost in Singapore from top hospitals starts from USD 46,000 approx.

Stem Cell Therapy Singapore Cost

Stem Cell Therapy in Singapore

Although commercial treatments are yet to be available in Singapore, the country is currently leading stem cell clinical trials in South-east Asia, especially in the use of haematopoietic stem cells from bone marrow to treat diseases like leukaemia. Research into the application of mesenchymal stem cells and those extracted from umbilical cord lining is also ongoing.

Two of the most sought-after destinations for commercial stem cell therapy are Malaysia and Thailand, says Daniel Choo, CEO of The Medical Concierge.

Still, a growing number of clinics in the region are offering stem cell therapy to treat ailments ranging from stroke and orthopaedic as well as sports injuries to hair loss and erectile dysfunction. According to comparison website whatclinic.com, there are 37 clinics in Malaysia and 10 in Bangkok alone offering the treatment. A clinic in a private Kuala Lumpur hospital, for instance, offers the therapy for autism spectrum disorder that starts at US$10,000 and anti-ageing treatments from US$18,000. For those for whom price is of no concern, a week’s retreat coupled with stem cell therapy at the prestigious Clinique La Prairie in Switzerland costs over $35,000.

Is Stem Cell Therapy Approved in Singapore?

Ministry of Health spokesman said: "To date, stem cell therapy has not been substantiated by sufficient clinical evidence as a form of mainstream treatment for any diseases or ailments, and it is not available as a treatment in our public hospitals. If any registered medical practitioners or institutions want to administer stem cells as a form of medical treatment, it would have to be conducted within the context of clinical trials."

However, not all forms of stem cell therapy are not supported by clinical evidence. Some forms of stem cell therapy have been tested and proven to work in the clinic, the most prominent of which is the use of blood stem cells from bone marrow to treat cancers such as leukaemia. Bone marrow transplants have been safely applied for more than 20 years.

Most other stem cell therapies, however, are still at early stages of development with extensive safety tests yet to be conducted.

About the Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cells are the body's raw materials cells from which all other cells with specific functions are produced. Stem-cell therapy means using the stem cells to treat or stop disease or condition. The most widely used stem cell treatment is called as hematopoietic or blood stem cell transplantation, like bone marrow transplantation which is done to treat blood and immune system ailments or to restore the blood system after treatments for certain types of cancer. The two main ways by which stem cells can be used are as follows:

1) Transplant: The chosen stem cells are collected either from the patient or a donor and cultured or modified in some way prior injecting or grafting into the patient.

2) A target for a drug or other biologic: Here the drug or biologic is planned to activate a required response from the stem cells that are present in the patient’s organs or tissues.

How is Stem Cell Therapy performed?

The doctor will first clean and numbs by giving anaesthesia to the hip area. A needle is then inserted into an area of the pelvic bone which is called as the iliac crest. Bone marrow is then removed using an extraordinary syringe and the sample taken is sent to the laboratory. The doctor then cleans and numbs the patient’s affected area that needs treatment. Under the guidance of special X-rays, the doctor injects the stem cells into the affected region. The complete procedure normally takes less than one hour and the patient may return home on the same day of the procedure. There are stem cell treatments for different types of medical conditions as below:

Stem cells treatment for multiple myeloma:

The patient receives high-dose chemotherapy to kill the cells in the bone marrow. Later, the patient gets fresh, healthy blood-forming stem cells.

Stem cells treatment for sickle cell disease:

Same procedure followed as a treatment for multiple myeloma.

Stem cells treatment for lymphoma:

Stem cell transplants are at times used to treat lymphoma patients who are in remission during or after treatment. The stem cells are frozen and stored while the person gets high-dose chemotherapy or radiation. Then through IV, it is given back into the patient’s blood.

Stem cells treatment for leukaemia:

Same procedure followed as a treatment for lymphoma.

Stem cells treatment for thalassemia:

Stem cells are taken from a healthy donor and transferred into the patient’s blood. The stem cells the move to the patients’ bone marrow where they grow and allow it to generate healthy blood cells.

Stem cells transplant for diabetes:

The skin cells from a diabetes patient can be reprogrammed into induced pluripotent stem cells that have the probability to make any cell type in the body, containing beta cells (cell types involved in diabetes), as well as the immune cells which attack and destroy beta cells in type 1 diabetes.

Stem cells transplant for muscular dystrophy:

Injecting stem cells into the body with muscular dystrophy, the stem cells may produce working muscle fibres to substitute the patient’s damaged ones which help to gain muscle strength, can exercise for longer and generate normal muscle proteins.

Recovery from Stem Cell Therapy

The complete stem cell procedure will take 3-4 hours. Stem cell patients easily walk out on their own. They can normally return to work and daily activities within two days. They need to take it easy and should not do any load bearing activities for at least three weeks post procedure. They will need to abstain from taking NSAIDs for a while as this can affect the healing process of the body. Normally for a period of six to twelve months, many patients will have ongoing improvement, observing a reduction in inflammation, less pain and an increase in mobility and function.

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