Stem cell therapy is a rapidly evolving and exciting area that has already shown considerable promise in managing many degenerative conditions. Regenevéda in Chicago uses Adult Autologous Adipose, Peripheral Blood or Bone Marrow-derived Stem Cells, or Stem Cells derived from Umbilical Cord Blood.
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Human Umbilical Cord Stem Cells
Regenevéda is now the first in the Chicagoland area to offer Human Umbilical Stem Cells as an office-based therapeutic option for all its treatments. These cells have the advantage of youth and the experts agree that the younger the cells the better, especially when treating debilitating disease. We used banked Umbilical Stem Cells that are immunologically evasive so as not to require tissue typing or immune suppression. And because we keep these cells on hand, you don’t have to wait. Thawing the frozen cells and administering them takes about 60-90 minutes in the office, depending on what we are treating. And while Insurance does not cover the costs of this treatment, immediate financing is available for qualified individuals. Call and set up your appointment today and find out if Stem Cells are right for you!
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What Are Adult Stem Cells and How Do They Work?
Autologous adult stem cells are derived from the same individual’s body. Adult stem cells are undifferentiated cells, found throughout the human body, that form after growth & development. Stem cells are the fundamental elements of life that can be found in all tissue of the body; connective tissues, muscle tissues, nervous tissues, and epithelial tissues. In living tissue, the main purpose of adult stem cells is to use cell division to repair and replace dying cells in order to regenerate damaged tissue. Adipose (fat) tissue has the highest concentration of stem cells and can produce billions of cells that will repair, replenish, and rejuvenate one’s body immediately.
Adult stem cells have the ability to self-renew, or divide, to replenish dying tissue of specialized cell types. They can be considered our own built-in repair systems that regenerate cells damaged by disease, injury, and everyday wear-and-tear. Once adult stem cells are administered to the body, they respond to inflammatory signals secreted by damage cells. Ultimately, adult stem cells replenish these damaged cells. Unlike traditional treatments offering less than optimal options, this revolutionary procedure gathers stem cells from their most abundant source, thus ensuring survival.
Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation
Autologous stem cell transplants typically take between 3 and 4 hours and are administered as an outpatient procedure. Doctors harvest dormant stem cells using an aspiration procedure lasting about an hour. The process of incubating, stimulating without manipulation, and infusing one’s own stem cells back into the body lasts roughly 3 to 4 hours. The side effects of adult stem cell therapy are minimal and may include irritation, such as soreness, swelling, or redness at the injection site. No negative long-term effects to this procedure have been reported. There are five steps to this treatment process in harvesting adipose tissue (fat) or bone marrow from the body:
Using local anesthetics, our board certified surgeons prep the lower abdomen for manual mini liposuction procedure. The amount of adipose tissue to be extracted depends on which ailment is being treated; in most cases between 40-200cc is needed. Or, a bone marrow aspiration is performed under local anesthesia from your hipbone. In most cases 40-60cc of bone marrow is needed. And, some cases are suitable for stem cells derived from a sample of peripheral blood. In this case, we collect approximately 120cc of blood from the patient.
Once the tissue is collected, the fat, blood or bone marrow is washed and centrifuged several times in a process that separates the gathered cells from the fat resulting in a potent concentration containing millions of stem cells.
In some cases, blood is then taken from the patient and spun in a special centrifuge to separate the blood into its multiple parts. The blood platelets that contain growth factors are added to the stem cell concentration. This enrichment process prepares the platelet rich plasma and stem cells to be activated.
When the stem cells are administered along with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), we expose the PRP to a patented laser activation process. There is some evidence to suggest that the mixture of stem cells and activated PRP is more effective at achieving the desired clinical result.
The final step is to introduce the activated stem cells back into the body. Unlike traditional treatments offering less than optimal options, this revolutionary procedure gathers stem cells from their most abundant source and activates them to ensure their survival. The stem cells then can begin the process of potential repair, replenish the tissues, and begin rejuvenating your body immediately.
The most recent addition to our stem cell related techniques is Lipogems. The Lipogems technique has been utilized in over 5,000 patients. It has recently obtained FDA clearance. Lipogems makes use of the high stem cell density of adipose tissue thought to be 1 out of every 100 cells. Lipogems utilizes mild mechanical forces in a closed system to produce micro-fractured and purified adipose tissue graft which is non expanded and ready to use in a variety of regenerative applications. More importantly, Lipogems adipose product has a very well preserved vascular stroma with slit-like capillaries wedged between adipocytes and and vascular channels. The stem cell niche is preserved enabling the pericytes to have a much higher survivability rate. The intact niche provides a perfect environment for reparative response of activated mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). As Dr. A. Caplan has pointed out, pericytes are precursor mesenchymal stem cells. Activated MSCs are crucial for the immune modulation and regeneration. The lipoaspirate of Lipogems shows a higher percentage of mature pericytes and hMSCs than enzymatically digested lipoaspirates. We are now aware that there are novel growth factors secreted by Lipogems lipoaspirate which may explain the therapeutic efficacy of Lipogems. Also important, is the fact that the Lipogems technique may pre-serve the important MUSE cell. Muse cells are unique in that they be pluripotent, have a high survivability rate, and are quite small by stem cell standards. They are considered to be an embryonic like stem cell without any of the risks of regular embryonic stem cells since they are the patient’s own. They may represent a quantum leap in regenerative medicine. Since Lipogems preserves these cells it too is a quantum leap. Lipogems is ideal for joint disease and inflammation such as occurs in the knee, shoulder, hip and other joints. It can also be used for cosmetic procedures as the ideal filler for the face, hands and other locations.”
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