I went to the Cayman Islands because the FDA has made it impossible to get culture-expanded stem cells in the U.S. for the foreseeable future. The only stem cell procedures available in the US are “same day” procedures, which don’t yield enough cells for my purposes. Since you only need to treat one site, I believe your case would differ and that you would be a good candidate for a same-day procedure.
It cost a lot. I’d rather not say how much. Tens of thousands of dollars plus thousands more in travel expenses. My high costs were a result of the fact that I had so many joints treated; for most people treating only a single site or two, the costs are lower. Same-day procedures also cost significantly less. However; virtually no insurances cover stem cell procedures at this time.
Any credible clinic offering stem cell procedures will require imaging of your condition. I submitted a bone scan and several MRIs (the latter is more customary).
The biggest lesson gleaned is that post-procedure activity restrictions matter a lot. Do not attempt to return to aggressive training quickly after a stem cell procedure regardless of what the clinic treating you says. Give it at least 3-4 months before you ramp the intensity up any higher than rehab levels, and then take it slow. Venturing a too-quick return to hard weight training may compromise the result.