Stem cell therapy is on the leading edge of the emerging field known as regenerative medicine. Using sophisticated biogenics (products created from your own body), instead of relying on more traditional treatments such as steroids, NSAIDs (non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs), surgery, and other pharmaceuticals (which can cause unwanted side effects), we focus on harnessing the natural healing power of the stem cells retrieved from your own body.
Stem cells as the foundation cells of our body. Stem cells represent the sites where your organs and tissues started. Stem cells are recruited every day of your life to help repair and replace damaged tissues and cells. Stem cells are found in all of us and play a key role in the body’s healing process. They lie latent in your body until they receive signals that the body has suffered an injury and then they follow your platelets to the injured site. Stem cells are able to transform into the same type of cell that was injured to promote healing. They are tasked to heal injured ligaments, tendons, tissues and bones.
Stem cell treatment is hematopoietic (or blood) stem cell transplantation, for example, bone marrow transplantation, to treat certain blood and immune system disorders or to rebuild the blood system after treatments for some kinds of cancer.
What are stem cells?
Stem cells are cells with the potential to develop into many different types of cells in the body. They are part of the repair system for the body.
What are adult stem cells?
Adult stem cells are cells created any time after birth. They include umbilical cord stem cells, bone marrow-derived stem cells and fat-derived stem cells. Non-adult stem cells are embryonic stem cells and come from before birth.
What are the different types of stem cells?
The two main stem cell types are embryonic stem cells (ES) cells and adult stem cells (i.e., somatic stem cells). Other types, such as induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), are produced in the lab by reprogramming adult cells to express ES characteristics.
How are stem cells obtained from fat?
National Stem Cell Centers has a designated sterile treatment facility where abdominal fat can be harvested under strictly controlled conditions with sophisticated and specialized equipment. We require less than 100cc of fat to recover stem cells. Patients receive a local anesthetic during the procedure and any postoperative discomfort is usually minimal, with minimal restrictions on daily activities.
What do stem cells offer?
Pluripotent stem cells offer the possibility of a renewable source of replacement cells and tissues to treat a myriad of diseases, conditions, and disabilities including: Parkinson’s disease, blindness, spinal cord injury, burns, heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis.
Why do scientists want to use stem cell lines?
The reason scientists want to use stem cells is twofold: 1) They hope to grow these stem cells into tissues, afflicted by certain diseases, to better assess what causes these diseases and how to create effective treatments; and 2) scientists can use stem cells to repair or patch damaged cells in people with various diseases.
Are any patients not candidates?
Yes. Patients who have active infections or cancer are excluded. Such patients must undergo treatment for the infection prior to any procedure. Patients with bleeding disorders, or those taking certain blood thinning medications will require special consideration, as do severely ill patients, before being considered for stem cell procedures.
Can stem cell procedures cause cancer?
There is no evidence that adult mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) cause cancer.