When referencing stem cells, there are two main types of stem cells to acknowledge: Embryonic stem cells, and Adult stem cells. Let’s first explore the differences between the two. Embryonic stem cells are pluripotent, meaning that they can differentiate into any type of human tissue. When a mammal embryo is forming from a blastocyst, this structure contains embryonic stem cells that then form the entire organism by proliferating and turning into each individual organ system, and into the brain, lungs, skin, bone, blood etc. Embryonic stem cells are obtained from a 4-5 day old fetus. It’s unfortunate that generally speaking, when someone mentions “Stem Cells,” most people think of embryonic stem and cells do not know that there are also adult stem cells. Adult stem cells do not carry any of the ethical burden that embryonic stem cells do. Adult stem cells come from you, the patient, and are delivered right back into you, the patient. Adipose Derived Stem Cell Therapy is the most widely used stem cell treatment in the United States by medical facilities like Stemcellix.
Adult stem cells can be found in both fat (adipose) tissue and in bone marrow, and also in the blood. Adipose tissue contains over 500x more stem cells than bone marrow and is significantly easier to access. To obtain stem cells from bone marrow, doctors typically drill into the iliac crest, a portion of the hip bone. Since we have fat in significant concentrations in the abdomen and thigh, it is much easier to get to and doesn’t require being put to sleep or even stitches or staples. The essential function of adult stem cells is to repair and maintain the tissue in which they reside. Adult stem cells are very similar to embryonic stem cells in that they can differentiate into many different types of cells, and are found in all tissues in the human body.
So why does this work? You have stem cells everywhere in your body, but delivering them in high concentrations to a degenerated area causes a powerful increase in tissue regeneration, rebuilding the degenerated and dysfunctional area.
In the 1950s, scientists discovered bone marrow contained stem cells. They found two types of stem cells; Mesenchymal stem cells and Hematopoietic stem cells. Hematopoietic stem cells can form all types of blood cells and Mesenchymal stem cells can form fat, bone, cartilage, connective tissue, and many other types of tissue. Since the 1950s, thousands of studies and trials have been conducted for a variety of health conditions.
Today, adipose derived stem cells are used to treat a conglomeration of medical conditions ranging from systemic disorders like lupus, fibromyalgia and diabetes, all the way to joint pain and arthritis and degenerative disc disease. Our state-of-the-art procedure has been successfully implemented at many successful clinics throughout the world. Our physicians and practitioners are trained by US Stem Cell Clinic, who have been training physicians and leading the way in FDA approval for stem cell since 1999. Leading the team at US Stem Cell Clinic is Kristin Comella, PhD candidate. She was head of a team that gained the first FDA approval for a combined cell and gene therapy product that brought the technology into the hands of United States physicians. US Stem Cell Clinic and Ms. Comella have developed many techniques that we implement at specialized clinics like Stemcellix to administer the healing power of stem cells to hundreds of thousands of Americans.
How Are Stem Cells Used To Treat Medical Conditions?
The nature of a stem cell is to repair damaged tissue and boost the immune system. When introduced in high concentrations, stem cells’ natural ability to regenerate is multiplied. Stem cells have anti-inflammatory properties that can significantly reduce chronic pain in a short amount of time, before the tissue regeneration process has had a chance to vigorously rejuvenate the damaged tissue(s).
What Is A Stem Cell Injection?
A stem cell injection is the process of injecting a sample of healthy stem cells into a patient, either from a donor or from the patient. This is slightly different from a stem cell transplant, where we are only referencing the activity of transferring stem cells from one patient to another. At Stemcellix, we obtain the patient’s own stem cells and inject them in high concentrations to replace and regenerate damaged cells in the patient.
Medical Application Of Stem Cells
Here are a few different options for treatment of chronic diseases:
Orthopedics– Chronic pain, soft tissue injuries, degenerated cartilage, and arthritis can all be treated with stem cells. Studies have even shown increase meniscus volume in the knees of human subjects. Stem Cell treatment for orthopedic conditions serves as a viable alternative to replacement surgery.
Pancreatic Cells– Stem cells can regenerate healthy beta cells (insulin producing cells) in the pancreas. Diabetes patients can benefit immensely and with proper follow up care and lifestyle modifications, they may decrease or eliminate dependence on artificial insulin injections.
Auto-Immune Diseases– Adipose derived stem cells show anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory properties. These cells can regenerate the damaged tissue caused by the autoimmune response. Common auto-immune diseases include Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hashimotos, Psoriasis, Pernicious Anemia, Scleroderma, Autoimmune hemolytic anemia, and Myasthenia Gravis
Cosmetic– Stem cells can be injected into the scalp to improve thinning and balding hair. By injecting stem cells into the penis, we can treat Erectile Dysfunction and also increase penis size.
Anti-Aging– PRP (platelet rich plasma) can be used on the surface of the face along with microneedling to decrease fine lines and wrinkles and eliminate acne scars and blemishes. Introducing stem cells intravenously (IV) without any disease present can combat the constant aging and lack of function of organ systems.
Who Can Receive Stem Cell Treatment?
Most individuals are great candidates for Adipose Derived Stem Cell Treatment. At Stemcellix, we do not treat individuals with active cancer, or those with a history of certain types of cancer within 6 months to 1 year. We do not treat children under the age of 13 years old. We do not perform stem cell treatment on pregnant or nursing women. Stemcellix does not treat eye conditions that require delivery (injection) into the eye itself. All patients must be cleared by one of our physicians before undergoing stem cell treatment at our facility.
What Is The Difference Between Stem Cell Treatment And PRP Treatment?
Both Stem Cell Treatment and PRP Treatments are regenerative medical treatments used to harness your body’s own healing power. It’s easy to see how people get them confused.
PRP treatments are used mostly for cosmetic reasons and soft tissue injuries not requiring surgery; Minor tendon and ligament tears, strains, sprains, and to generally accelerate the healing process. PRP contains proteins and growth factors to initiate healing. PRP is an effective alternative to long term use of NSAIDs, or steroid injections.
Stem Cell Treatments, however have the ability to actually regenerate diseased or dysfunctional tissue in areas of extreme degeneration such as bone on bone osteoarthritis, system chronic inflammation, and diseases such as Diabetes, COPD, and even Lupus. Stem Cell Treatments are viable alternatives to joint replacement surgery.
Both are very helpful in rejuvenation of tissue, however Stem Cell treatments are used in more serious indications
Are Stem Cell Injections Safe?
YES! Tens of thousands of stem cell therapy injections have been performed and no serious adverse reactions have been reported due to the stem cells.
How Much Does Stem Cell Therapy Cost?
Because each patient is an individual with unique requirements, prices vary. Treatments at Stemcellix can range between $500 and $8,000. For an accurate quote, we provide a consultation free of charge with one of our doctors to determine what is best for you.
Does Insurance Cover Stem Cell Therapy?
We will provide an insurance benefits check at the time of an initial consultation free of charge to you!