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How much does Enriched-Platelet Therapy cost?
High-quality EPT treatment ranges from about $1,000 to $2,000. Stem cell treatments cost about $5,000 to $9,000. To determine your actual cost for treatment, you must schedule a consultation with Dr. Kassicieh.

Will my health insurance pay for the Enriched-Platelet Therapy?
While insurance companies do not cover the actual procedure, you can use your Health Savings Account to pay for it. Initial consultations and follow up visits are paid according to your specific insurance policy coverage….

How long does the procedure take?
The actual PRP injection time is less than 1 minute. Total time in the office is about 1 hour.

How much pain relief should I expect?
The majority of our patients are getting better than 90% pain relief after only 1 treatment.

How long is the recovery time?
There is no true “recovery time.” Patients walk out of the office shortly after procedure is completed. Natural healing starts immediately. Pain relief begins in 1-2 weeks. Total healing can be expected in 8-12 weeks. Beneficial effects of PRP healing can continue for several months.

What if one treatment doesn’t heal me?
Most patients heal completely with just one treatment. However, it you have a positive, but not complete healing response, a second treatment can be given after 2-3 months.

What are the risks?
Minimal. With our meticulous sterile technique, the risk for infection has all but been eliminated. The risk of being worse off is virtually zero.

How does EPT compare to stem cell treatments?
Platelet-rich plasma is FDA approved. It is also approved for use by the International Olympic Committee and is widely used by professional athletes. Stem cell therapy is not FDA approved for treatment of any joint, foot, neck, or back problem. Studies have shown that stem cell therapy alone, without activated platelets present, is not effective.

How long does the pain relief last?
Most patients experience near total pain relief for years – unless they re-injure themselves.
How important is the skill of the person who prepares the PRP and does the injection?
Skill and knowledge are critical for outstanding healing results. Not all PRP is the same. Dr. Kassicieh personally prepares and administrates all phases of EPT provided to his patients.

Is all platelet-rich plasma the same?
No. There are only 2 high quality PRP machines on the market: Harvest and EmCyte. Dr. Kassicieh uses the top-rated Harvest equipment. Patients also need to be wary of fake PRP.

How can I find a competent doctor who does EPT in my community?
We serve many patients in the entire southeastern United States. We accommodate patient who fly in from other states.