Cell-Based Therapy – Frequently Asked Questions
What are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are unique cells in our body which have the ability to become many different types of cells. They are our body’s natural repair mechanism when we sustain injuries or develop wear and tear of our joints, such as in arthritis. Our body stores stem cells in our bone marrow, fat, and organs, and calls them into action when needed. When we sustain an injury, the injured area releases chemicals which send signals to the stem cells to start the repair process. This is how we heal.
As we age our body still has plenty of stored stem cells, but may not be able to mobilize them effectively to treat an injured area. This is especially true of areas with restricted blood flow – such as joints.
Where are Stem Cells Found?
Stem cells can be found in just about any area of our body however, they are most abundant in our bone marrow and fat tissue. These stem cell “storage areas” provide a ready source which can be harvested in a simple and safe fashion.
How can Stem Cells Help Joints Heal?
Stem cells can help repair injured or degenerated tissues in our body. For instance, as cartilage in our joints degenerates and causes orthopedic problems, stem cells have the ability to regenerate cartilage, lessening pain and improving function.
How can Stem Cells be Used?
Doctors can use simple, minimally invasive outpatient procedures to transfer stem cells from a patient’s body’s storage sites to areas where they are needed. Stem cells can be safely removed from the body’s bone marrow, blood, and fat tissue and delivered to injured or degenerated areas of the body.
How Quickly do Stem Cells Start to Work?
While stem cells begin the repair process immediately, it may take weeks or months before patients may notice an improvement in their symptoms.
Am I a Candidate to receive Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cell therapy is not the best course of treatment for some types of conditions. Please complete our Patient Eligibility Form and one of our Patient Coordinators will contact you shortly.
What is PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Therapy?
Another component of our stem cell treatment consists of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections. Stem cells injected into an area by themselves will remain relatively quiescent. The stem cells will not function without PRP or some component of it. The PRP contributes growth factors and stimulating proteins, which directly affect stem cells. There are many different components to the PRP product. These signaling factors instruct the body to send stem cells to the area of damage and at the same time cause the stem cells to reproduce and begin repair. Less severe conditions can be treated with PRP and growth factors. Moderately severe conditions may require PRP, growth factors and stem cells from a fat graft. Finally, the most severe conditions require PRP, HGH, mesenchymal fat stem cells and bone marrow stem cells. Typically, this would represent a significant arthritis of a joint.
PRP Therapy is replacing traditional orthopedic surgery in many instances for conditions ranging from soft tissue injuries (tendonitis, muscle tears, ligamentous injuries) to various joint afflictions, such as a torn meniscus or mild to moderate arthritis of the joint.
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What is a Bone Marrow Stem Cell (BMAC) Procedure?
In a Bone Marrow Stem Cell Procedure (BMAC), a new and revolutionary aspirate needle is used to capture a much higher concentration of bone marrow aspirate stem cells and other regenerative properties from the bone marrow of our hip bone. These cells were once placed into a machine called a “centrifuge” which “spins” the cells for adequate separation. However, we are convinced that when bone marrow aspirate is centrifuged, you throw away significant aspects of the “bone marrow soup” – the key to our success. Our needle technology guarantees the capture of these concentrated and powerful regenerative cells without centrifugation. These regenerative cells can then be injected where needed, such as a degenerated knee, hip joint and/or other orthopedic conditions.
What is a Fat Graft or Mini-Liposuction Procedure?
A “Fat Graft” is fat tissue which is removed with needles from you abdomen, hip, or buttock area with a small needle. This is also referred to as a “mini-liposuction” procedure, similar to cosmetic surgery procedures. This Fat Graft contains many useful regenerative cells including Stem Cells. These Cells are then injected where your body needs them.