What is stem cell therapy?
Stem cell therapy, supporting the regeneration of diseased, dysfunctional or injured tissues is a most natural and personalized treatment therapy with own (autologous) or third party (allogeneic) stem cells. Those stem cells are harvested for therapeutic use mainly from bone marrow, adipose tissues, umbilical cord and cord blood.
What are potential Benefits of stem cell therapy?
Stem cells have many benefits over conventional treatment methods, here we highlight the most notable benefits:
- Potential to slow down progression even reverse diseases.
- Speeds up healing.
- Reduces pain.
- Improves functionality.
- Improves health aging
- Treat burns and wounds.
- Reduced over-dependence on conventional medicine.
- Improved drug testing.
- Where do stem cells come from?
Our partner clinics do use autologous stem cells from Bone Marrow and Adipose Tissue as well as expanded Mesenchymal stem cells from Umbilical Cord Tissue.
How do stem cells work?
Stem cells are cells, capable of regeneration and differentiation into a wide range of specialized cell types. This capability is known as plasticity. After stem cells are injected, they follow inflammatory signals from damaged tissues to repair those damaged areas.
How are stem cells harvested?
Adipose tissue and Bone marrow are an abundant source of Mesenchymal stem cells and collection from the patient are made under light local anesthesia. These procedures can be done in an out-patient basis as they are minimally invasive.
In clinics where we can use expanded Mesenchymal stem cells, we use Mesenchymal stem cells from umbilical cords. Those stem cells are expanded up to Passage 2 only in our partner Cryopreservation and Biotech company in India. The donors sign a consent form, fill out a detailed questionnaire, and give a blood sample. The donor´s blood and the cord blood undergo extensive testing for HIV, STD’s, hepatitis, etc. before approved and processed. Each batch comes with an analytical report, reflecting the high-quality standard of the product as well as the procedure.
Can drinking or smoking affect the stem cell treatments?
Cigarette smoking, as well as alcohol consumption, can influence the potency and regenerative capability of new stem cells. At least sometime before and during the treatment, it is highly recommended that patients do not smoke or drink.
Remarks: People who have alcohol problems are not accepted in our clinics, as the success may be profoundly negatively influenced.
Can a dental treatment influence a stem cell treatment?
In anecdotal reviews, we have learned that a dental treatment, where the wound is still open or not fully healed, can have a negative influence on a stem cell treatment.
Remarks: Our clinics accept a patient for stem cell treatments only, if any dental procedure has been completed for at least 3 to 4 weeks.
Stem cells and cancer?
According to present Knowledge, cancer is not caused by Adult mesenchymal stem cells. Information that cancer had been caused by stem cells, is probably related to the use of embryonic cells, but not Adult Mesenchymal Cells. This kind of tumor is known as teratomas and considered to be a rare serious adverse event. The possible cause might derive from using experimental embryonic cells, but is unlikely as a cause from adult stem cells.
How is sterility in the processing of the stem cells controlled?
Clinics are using a particular “closed system” technology, which supports that the cells never come into contact with the environment during the entire process from removal to deployment. Sterile technique and oral antibiotics are also used to prevent potential infection.
How many injections are needed to have a treatment success?
Most patients, especially those with orthopedic conditions, require only one deployment. Some, especially degenerative conditions, in particular, autoimmune diseases, may need various stem cell deployments. The number and necessity of any additional treatments have to be decided on a case by case basis. In such a case, financial consideration is often provided by many clinics.