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Stem Cell Therapy in Medellin, Colombia: The Complete Guide


Medellin is famous for cutting edge stem cell treatments. The city has been mentioned several times on the Joe Rogan Experience and has hosted dozens of A-list celebrities and athletes for advanced treatments not available elsewhere. 

As a result, Medellin has achieved mainstream recognition for excellence in stem cell treatments, and thousands of people have made the journey in the last few years.

If you are reading this, chances are you will be one of them soon! In this article we’ll be addressing where to begin your search, what treatments are available, cost, and logistics.

Joe Rogan Discusses Stem Cell Therapy in Medellin, Colombia
Joe Rogan Discusses Stem Cell Therapy in Medellin, Colombia

What is Stem Cell Therapy and How Much Does in Cost in Medellin, Colombia?

Stem cell therapy is a form of medicine that uses stem cells to help the body heal itself. The stem cells are put into the body through a shot in the arm that goes directly into the bloodstream. This allows the stem cells to travel to different parts of the body, where they may change into different types of cells and fix or make new tissue that’s not working properly.


IV Stem Cell Treatment

Stem cells can be placed into the blood through an IV for a more general approach or with a special needle into a joint for a more concentrated healing effect. 

$14,000 – $19,500 USD in Medellin


Joint Stem Cell Treatment

Stem cells are placed with a needle in a joint like an elbow or a knee  to reduce pain and inflammation and help the joint move more easily.

This type of stem cell therapy is usually done to treat conditions like osteoarthritis, which is when the cartilage in a joint wears down over time. The stem cells can help rebuild the damaged cartilage and reduce pain and inflammation in the joint.

$9,000 – $18,000 USD in Medellin 


Skin Stem Cell Treatment

Stem cell skin treatment is when doctors use stem cells to help treat skin problems. This might involve putting stem cells directly on the skin, or injecting them into the skin. The stem cells can then help repair and rejuvenate the skin, making it look and feel healthier.

This type of treatment is often used for conditions like aging skin, wrinkles, sun damage, and scars. By using stem cells, doctors can help stimulate the skin’s natural ability to heal and regenerate, resulting in healthier, more youthful-looking skin.

$9,000 USD in Medellin 


Scalp Stem Cell Treatment

Stem cell scalp treatment is a type of treatment that uses stem cells to help improve the health of the scalp. This might involve injecting stem cells directly into the scalp, or applying them to the skin. The stem cells can then help repair and regenerate damaged or thinning hair follicles, leading to healthier, stronger hair growth.

This type of treatment is often used for conditions like hair loss, thinning hair, and scalp damage. By using stem cells, doctors can help stimulate the growth of new, healthy hair and improve the overall health of the scalp.

$9,000 USD in Medellin

Stem Cell Treatment in Medellin Price Table

Updated September 2023, prices may vary

All prices include stem cell treatment at Blue Phoenix plus additional treatments over a  day period including hyperbaric oxygen chamber sessions, consultations, bloodwork, and vitamin IVs.

Logistics of a Trip to Medellin

Getting There

To get to Medellin, you will need to fly into MDE (Jose Maria Cordova International Airport)

To get into the city from the airport you have a few options:

  • Taxi: You can take a taxi from the airport to Medellin. The ride takes about 45 minutes, depending on traffic.
  • Bus: You can take a white shuttle bus from the airport to Medellin. The bus takes about 1 hour to reach the city center.
  • Private Transfer: You can also arrange a private transfer in advance, which will take you directly from the airport to your hotel in Medellin.

Where to Stay

Most of the clinics offering stem cell therapies in Medellin are located in and around the Torre Medica el Tesoro.

The Novotel is a convenient and popular option for patients receiving stem cell therapy. The hotel offers comfortable rooms and amenities and is walking distance from the Torre Medica.


Need Help Getting High Quality, Affordable Stem Cells in Medellin?

At Apollo Medical Travel, we have several years of experiencing helping patients get high quality, affordable medical care in Latin America.

If you have any questions or concerns about pursuing a treatment in Medellin, please do not hesitate to reach out to us by phone at 888-382-4929 or by email at 

Also, feel free to connect with us by leaving a question or comment below! 

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Frequently Asked


What are stem cells?

Stem cells possess the remarkable ability to mature into various cell types within the human body, granting them a unique capacity for repairing and regenerating tissues.

Blue Phoenix exclusively harnesses mesenchymal stem cells derived from umbilical cords, which have demonstrated exceptional efficacy in treating a diverse array of medical conditions.


How are stem cell treatments done?

Stem cell treatments are tailored to each person’s unique needs. In many situations, we place stem cells directly into the targeted area. For example, we might inject them into a joint like the shoulder for joint treatment, or into the scalp or face for aesthetic purposes. In other cases, we administer stem cells through the veins, allowing the treatment’s effects to spread throughout the entire body.

When direct injection isn’t feasible, we use intravenous treatment. This is done when dealing with conditions inside the body’s organs, such as the gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, neurological, or endocrine systems. In these cases, the stem cells use a “homing effect.” The affected organ releases substances into the bloodstream that signal the rest of the body about the problem. The stem cells detect these signals and travel to the specific organ needing help, where they can take action to promote healing.

How do stem cells work?

Stem cells work in various ways:

  1. They can change and become different types of tissues, especially connective tissue.
  2. They share parts of themselves with damaged cells in your own body, helping those cells stay alive.
  3. They release exosomes, which are tiny sacs containing substances that can reduce inflammation and change how the immune system works in the tissues where they’re released.

What’s the difference between umbilical cord-derived stem cells, and stem cells derived from one’s adipose tissue or bone marrow (autologous cells)?

Cells taken from umbilical cords offer three key benefits compared to cells from the patient’s own body:

  1. No invasive procedure is needed to collect the cells, unlike when using stem cells from bone marrow or adipose tissue.

  2. The quantity of cells available is not restricted when using umbilical cells. In contrast, with patient-derived cells, the number of cells is limited to what’s already in their tissues.

  3. Over time, autologous stem cells often lose their effectiveness and might become impaired, reducing their usefulness as a treatment. This isn’t the case with umbilical cord-derived cells.

What does a full treatment protocol look like?

Normally, patients come to us for a week of treatment. The stem cell procedure usually takes place on the third or fourth day. Every day, they’ll spend an hour inside a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, which is a strong treatment for healing and reducing inflammation. Besides that, they’ll have consultations and receive vitamin IVs. Throughout the week, patients will spend around two hours each day with us.

How do I prepare for treatment?

In general, we recommend that patients focus on eating healthy before their treatment and avoid alcohol and smoking right before and after the procedure. We also have a consultation before the treatment to make sure patients are ready and to increase the chances of a successful outcome.

How long do the beneficial effects of stem cells last?

A single stem cell treatment can result in clinical improvements that might last for several years, depending on the specific health issue. For instance, in cases of joint treatments, we’ve observed the growth of connective tissue for as long as 6 months after the cell injection. When it comes to autoimmune diseases, the level of symptom control achieved can extend up to a year following intravenous application, depending on the seriousness of the condition. However, it’s important to remember that even though stem cell therapy holds great promise, the exact effects in each individual case cannot be guaranteed.


How long does it typically take to recover from treatment?

The time it takes for recovery varies based on the treatment type and a patient’s health and age. Some people can feel better in just a week, but for others, it might take a month or even more. Our medical team customizes a post-treatment plan for each patient to make sure they have a smooth recovery. We also schedule follow-up consultations to keep track of progress after the treatment.


Are your treatments covered by insurance?

These procedures are typically not covered by insurance. We do however offer financing options for patients.

How long does it take to see results?

This varies depending on the type of treatment, as well as the health and age of the patient. Generally speaking however, patients typically feel initial results less than a month after treatment. Often they will continue to see ongoing results for months afterwards.

Is Medellin safe to visit?

Absolutely! Medellin has experienced a remarkable transformation in recent years, attracting a diverse range of visitors for both short stays and extended periods. Interestingly, Medellin has surpassed other cities like Cartagena and has become Colombia’s top tourist destination. Our clinic is situated in the city’s prominent medical tower, located in a secure and safe neighborhood.


How do I know that the stem cells are of the highest quality?

We have partnered with a stem cell lab that is a member of the International Society for Cell and Gene Therapy (ISCT), which ensures that the lab follows the strictest quality and safety standards.

Does stem cell treatment cause any side effects?

No serious or life-threatening adverse events have been reported after stem cell treatments. You may experience minor side effects such as chills, fever, and flu-like symptoms. In treatments where we apply the stem cells locally (joint, spine, aesthetic, urologic), you may also have some swelling and pain where the cells were injected. Both the hyperbaric oxygen chamber and the complementary IVs that we offer during the week of treatment will help you recover more quickly.

How can I be sure if a stem cell treatment is good for me?

For every patient interested in stem cell treatment, we begin by having an initial consultation in order to go through their specific case and find out if stem cells are an appropriate treatment. In special cases where there isn’t much specific scientific research, we first have a staff meeting of doctors and the stem cell lab staff to make an informed decision.


Do I still benefit from having a stem cell treatment if I don't have any disease?

Yes! Stem cells are a potent anti-aging and anti-inflammatory treatment that can help improve your overall health and well-being even if you don’t have any known illness.


This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Your lost for charging to much

    Lol, these prices are OUTRAGEOUS…… ROTFF. Only a couple of hundred dollars in Santo Domingo, D.R.

    1. Wesley Jacobs

      I understand that it can be healthcare prices can be frustrating, and we are fighting that by being as transparent as possible.

      There is no destination, clinic, or doctor in the world offering these procedures for only a couple hundred dollars. The battery of tests required to ensure the safety of these cells for use in our patients alone is hundreds of dollars, and is one of many expenses to even administer this treatment.

      I wish you the very best.

  2. Felix Puga

    Ustedes proveen tratamiento con celulas madre del cordon umbilical?

  3. William L Newman, Jr

    Hi. I’m interested in this procedure for face, scalp, and all-over. I’d like to discuss this with someone. – Bill newman

  4. Mike Mee-Bishop

    what is your success in cochlear hair regenration

  5. Kaloana

    Do you do stem cell therapy for the tempromandibular joints? By the ear?

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