If you’ve elected to receive a stem cell treatment, you’ve likely done your research. You know all about the condition you need to treat, and your doctor knows the appropriate treatment—in this case, stem cell therapy. There are many kinds of stem cell therapies, just as there are many kinds of stem cells. Here at Stem Cell International, we offer adipose-derived and bone marrow stem cell therapy. Here is what you can expect from both treatment options.
Adipose-Derived Stem Cell Therapy
Adipose-derived stem cells have been found to provide therapeutic effects for the repair and regeneration of damaged tissues in our bodies. This specific type of stem cell is found in abundance throughout fat tissues in our body. Large amounts of adipose stem cells can be extracted from this tissue and easily expanded in vitro.
The first step of this process is harvesting adipose tissues from your body. We will then separate the adult stem cells from the fat cells in your adipose tissue. The stem cells are then isolated and added to your platelet-rich plasma (PRP). The stem cells are activated by a low light laser and administered back to you. The procedure takes close to 4-5 hours and you will be treated with a small amount of a local anesthesia.
Bone Marrow Stem Cell Therapy
Inside our bones is where we find this soft, sponge-like material called bone marrow. This bone marrow is filled with blood-forming stem cells that can either divide and form more blood-forming stem cells, or they can transform into three types of blood cells: white blood cells, red blood cells, or platelets.
There are two types of bone marrow transplants: autologous and allogeneic. An autologous bone marrow transplant is when the stem cells are taken from your own body, while an allogeneic process will use the stem cells from a healthy donor.
The procedure starts with anesthesia being administered before a doctor begins harvesting the bone marrow from the hip bone, or sometimes, the sternum. The bone marrow is then moved through a process that removes blood and bone from the marrow. The stem cells are isolated and will be released into your bloodstream, like a blood transfusion.
If you would like to learn more about either of these therapies and what they can do for you, get in touch with us today. 419-214-1860
Stem cell therapy uses a patient’s own stem cells to help repair damaged tissues and repair injuries. This therapy is a part of the regenerative medicine field that is rapidly growing. Stem cell therapy is used to reduce joint pain, increase motion and flexibility, and treat tendon and ligament tears.
What is a stem cell?
Before we explain some of the benefits of this therapy, it may be helpful to know a little bit more about stem cells in general.
According to the National Institute of Health,
“Stem cells are important for living organisms for many reasons. In the 3- to 5-day-old embryo, called a blastocyst, the inner cells give rise to the entire body of the organism, including all of the many specialized cell types and organs such as the heart, lungs, skin, sperm, eggs and other tissues. In some adult tissues, such as bone marrow, muscle, and brain, discrete populations of adult stem cells generate replacements for other cells that are lost through normal wear and tear, injury, or disease.”
With so many treatment options out there, you may be wondering what benefits choosing stem cell therapy provides. Because stem cell therapy utilizes biologic material harvested directly from the patient’s body, the general benefits include minimal risk, minimal recovery time and minimal worry. Below are 5 more specific benefits to be aware of.
Avoid surgery and its many complications and risks
Stem cell therapy is a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure. The stem cells are harvested from the patient’s bone marrow from the iliac crest (pelvis).
Minimal post-procedural recovery time
One of the most time-consuming factors of any injury is not always the treatment itself but the recovery time. With stem cell therapy, recovery time is minimal.
No use of general anesthesia
Do you dislike the way general anesthesia makes your feel? Or do you simply get anxious at the thought of being put under? Stem cell therapy may be just what you need as it does not require the use of general anesthesia.
No risk of rejection
Due to using biologics extracted from the patient, there is no risk of rejection.
No communicable disease transmission
As the cells originate within your own body, there is no risk of spreading disease from or to another person.
If you feel you could benefit from stem cell therapy, you can find help at our office. Call 419-214-1860 to book a consultation.