Where is the center?
Villa No. 25, Al Misahah Street, Rowdhat, Abu Dhabi, PO Box: 4600
Is there car parking at the center?
Yes, Mawaqif parking is available.
Do I need to do anything to prepare for my appointment?
If this is your first appointment, please bring your medical history along with the names of any medicines you are currently taking. For subsequent appointments, your doctor will advise if you need to do anything to prepare.
What are stem cells?
Stem cells are unique cells that have two special properties; differentiation (they can give rise to different and more specialized cells like muscle cells, blood cells, or even heart cells) and self-renewal (they are capable of maintaining their own line, generating storage to provide a source of new cells when needed). There is no other cell in the human body capable of this kind of adaptation. As the stem cells divide, each new cell has the potential to remain a stem cell or to become a different kind of cell with a more specialized function.
How are stem cells classified?
Stem cells can be classified by their “differentiation potentiality”. The classifications are totipotent, pluripotent, multipotent, oligopotent, or unipotent. Totipotent stem cells can differentiate into all possible cell types (e.g. zygote formed at egg fertilization); pluripotent stem cells have the ability to differentiate into almost all cell types (e.g. embryonic stem cells); multipotent stem cells can differentiate into a closely related family of cells (e.g. hematopoietic adult stem cells that can become red and white blood cells or platelets); oligopotent stem cells can differentiate into a few cells (e.g. lymphoid or myeloid stem cells; and unipotent stem cells have the ability to only produce cells of their own type, but they keep the property of self-renewal (e.g. adult muscle stem cells). Stem cells can be classified on the basis of their sources as well, but the easiest way to categorize stem cells is by dividing them into two types: early or embryonic, and mature or adult stem cells. At ADSCC, only adult stem cell therapies are allowed.
What is regenerative medicine?
Regenerative medicine is an interdisciplinary field that applies life science principles and engineering to repair, restore, or replace the natural functions of diseased and injured cells, tissues and organs.
What are the potential risks of stem cell therapy?
As with any treatment, there are certain risks involved in stem cell therapy, but ADSCC has implemented different Programs and quality control processes to minimize any effects. Your doctor will discuss any potential risks with you before you start treatment so you can make an informed decision as to whether the treatment is right for you.
What will happen at each appointment?
Your first appointment will either be with our Family Medicine Consultant, or one of our specialists (if you are already having treatment for a specific condition elsewhere). Your doctor will discuss your medical history with you and conduct tests to see if you are a suitable candidate for treatment.
How many appointments will I need?
Our treatments are tailored to each individual patient, so only your doctor will be able to advise you of the number of treatments you will need, depending on your condition.
Can I bring a support person with me to my appointments?
Yes, you are very welcome to bring someone to support you and our welcoming staff are also more than happy to help if you need them. In addition, we have a medical translator who can support any Arabic speakers.
Will I need to take time off work after treatment sessions?
Usually no, but this varies from one treatment to another. Before you begin any treatment, your doctor will advise you of the recovery period and if time off work will be necessary.
Will my treatment require donor stem cells?
No – At ADSCC our treatments only use Autologous Stem Cell Therapy. This means that we replace damaged cells with healthy blood stem cells from your own body.
What conditions can stem cell therapy typically treat?
Cell therapy can treat many conditions. It is most typically used to treat chronic conditions and illnesses includingmusculoskeletal disorders (such as arthritis), cardiovascular diseases, urological conditions, and cancers. At ADSCC we currently treat conditions related to Orthopedic, Urology, Vascular Surgery, Dermatology-Aesthetics and Immunology. Patients can have access to five different types of treatment, and you will discuss with your doctor which treatment is most suitable for you.
Does ADSCC use the latest technology?
ADSCC is the first center of its kind in the UAE. It is equipped with the latest technology, medical devices which are unique in the region, and a team of internationally acclaimed doctors and researchers.
Do I need a referral from my Doctor?
Patients have two options when making an appointment. If you have an existing condition and you know which specialist you need to visit, you may make an appointment directly with them without requiring a referral from a GP. If you have a more general health concern, you can visit our own Family Medicine Consultant (Regenerative Medicine Specialist) for a check-up. They will then be able to advise you if you are a suitable candidate for cell therapy and refer you to a specialist.
How long does a treatment take?
This varies depending on the treatment. Your doctor will advise you before you start any treatment. Usually from 1 to 3 days. Admission is not necessary; all treatments are performed on an outpatient basis.
How do I know if cell therapy can benefit me?
Please visit our center for a consultation with our Family Medicine Consultant, Regenerative Medicine Specialist or one of our specialists, and they will advise if cell therapy will be beneficial to you.
Does ADSCC offer treatments or conduct research using embryonic stem cells?
No, we do not use embryonic stem cells in any of our treatments or research. We only use adult cells.
How is research important to patients?
At ADSCC, we are unusual in that our doctors and scientists work together in one place. It allows us to do what most centers in the world cannot: ‘translational medicine’. That is, working from the lab to the patient, or from the bench to the bed. The benefit is that we can find much faster solutions for our patients. In addition, we can confidently treat the patients with proven techniques, verified using the ongoing laboratory research.