“Flip or Flop’s” Tarek El Moussa Details Stem Cell Surgery for Back Injury: “I Am Praying This Works”

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Flip or Flop” star Tarek El Moussa has had his fair share of medical issues— and now, he’s found himself with another back injury, leading him to undergo stem cell surgery. Fair warning: the details may not be for the faint of heart! 

Tarek recently shared that he’d injured his back for a second time, saying he was scared of what was ahead. Following his first back injury, coupled with his cancer treatments for both prostate and thyroid cancer, Tarek was on several medications and pain pills that he says contributed to his divorce from Christina. Now, he’s hoping stem cell treatments can fix things this time around.

“Well, folks! As you know I’m desperate to fix my back so…I did STEM CELL surgery today!! It’s CRAZY!!! They lipo my fat out with a 12-inch needle. (I asked to take all my fat, they said no),” he said. “They spin it and separate the stem cells into a liquid. They then take the liquid and inject it through an IV. Somehow…the stem cells find the injured areas of your body and begin the process of healing it at a super fast rate. I believe they put over 1,000,000 stem cells back in my body after the lipo.”

Tarek shared that he’s “hopeful” this treatment will fix the issues with his back.

“It’s wild seeing the technology and future of medicine….has ANYONE had stem cell injections? Is anyone familiar with it? Thank you Brent at @rockinstitute…….I AM PRAYING THIS WORKS!!! I WILL KEEP ALL MY WONDERFUL FANS UPDATED!!”


Tarek and Christina are currently filming a new season of “Flip or Flop” that Christina says has been “beyond awkward.” Christina and her boyfriend, Ant Anstead, have been dating for about 6 months.