What are Stem Cells?
Stem Cells are the building blocks that created you. During the stage of the embryo a variety of stem cells arise from the inner cell mass. There are organ specific stem cells giving growth to the heart, lungs, brain, kidneys etc and other stem cells called multipotent cells that can give rise to at least 8 other types of tissues, example: skin, muscles, tendons, joints, nerve cells etc. The EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS are therefore called PLURIPOTENT, as they give rise to a variety of tissues and organs. After creating the fetus the “left over” stem cells and growth factors (as much as over 200 of them) accumulate in the amniotic membrane and the sac, amniotic fluid and in the Umbilical cord structures( artery, veins and the Wharton’s Jelly). Some are stored in the Fatty tissue of the fetus (adipose stem cells) and some are in the bone marrow.
EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS are not used for any human use (except for research purposes). These are obtained from an aborted fetus or created in vitro in the laboratory.
What are Growth Factors?
During the growth of the embryo to fetus and until born, the baby is “made” from stem cells and over 400 plus growth factors which are actually protein molecules or “peptides”, and these are the building blocks (stem cells and growth factors). After the baby is born all the excess growth factors are left in the amniotic fluid, umbilical cord and the Wharton’s jelly.
For comparison, adults only have 7-8 GF whilst the amniotic fluid, etc. carry over 200 GF!
There are various types of GF and they each have a specific role to play in the growth of the various organs and tissues of the fetus.
When these are used to treat joints, spine, and other systemic conditions (brain, heart, lungs, kidneys etc.) they help in the process of repair and regeneration.
What Type of Stem Cells and Growth Factors (GF) are Allowed for Human Use?
Autologous stem cells and growth factors:
There are two main sources.
- Adipose derived stem cells and GF from the subcutaneous fat (abdomen, Thighs etc.). These stem cells are abundant but dormant and have to be activated before using for it’s full beneficial effect.
- Bone Marrow derived HEMOPOETIC STEM CELLS AND GF. this is a less abundant source and mainly beneficial for hematologic transplants of stem cells, example for Hodgkin’s Disease and Leukemia.
STEM CELLS AND GF for homologous use:
These consist of three main types:
- Umbilical Cord artery and veins
- Wharton’s Jelly
- The amniotic sac complex (membrane, fluid)
How are Autologous Stem Cells and GF Obtained?
- By mini-liposuction for adipose products.
- By Bone-Marrow aspiration for bone marrow products.
Both are minimally invasive and are done under local anesthesia.
How are they procured?
- Bone marrow, which requires extraction by harvesting, that is, drilling into bone (typically the femur or iliac crest).
- Adipose tissue (lipid cells), which requires extraction by liposuction.
- Blood, which requires extraction through apheresis, wherein blood is drawn from the donor (similar to a blood donation) and passed through a machine that extracts the stem cells and returns other portions of the blood to the donor.
Fat transfer for correction of defects
Softening of stretch marks
Chronic Acne Scarring
Wrinkle treatment (Botox)
Deeper line treatments (Fillers)
Congestive Cardiac Failure
Post- Myocardial Infarction
Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD)
During the aging process, the number of stem cells decreases. stem-cell therapy is based on removing your own stem cells, activating them and giving your cells back to you. With Stem Cells treatments you are replenishing the supply of stem cells to allow the body to repair and rejuvenate organs including your skin. This will finally and gradually lead to younger appearance, reduced age spots, fewer wrinkles, reduced neck and back pain, reduced fatigue and tiredness, improved energy, emotional and mental improvement, reduced stiffness of joints, reduction of the effects of degenerative diseases.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Dementia and Benign Tremors
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Autism and Related Disorders
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Emphysema)
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
Auto Immune Disease
Treatment of Diabetic wounds and delayed healing wounds.
Post-traumatic Delayed Healing
Non-healing wounds (Ex. Diabetic, Decubiti, etc.)
Stem Cell Therapy has been utilized for many years in Europe for Knee injuries, Back Problems, Shoulder problems, Osteoporosis, Osteomyelitis etc.
Various joints, Repair of cartilage, Repair of tendons/torn muscles and back problems due to vertebral arthritis are just some of the conditions for which stem cell therapy is used with good results. The product is injected directly into the affected part.
We provide the following other procedures offered at our clinic and the Outpatient Surgery Center:
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
Breast Surgery for Tumors (Benign and Malignant)
Lymph Node biopsy and removal of Tumors
Vivazz total body Liposculpture
Laser hair removal