Autologous stem cell process is a medical procedure in which stem cells are collected and later given back to the same person. Several million stem cells are extracted from a single fat biopsy. When the patient’s own tissue is used as the source for cells, rejection of the transplanted tissues is minimized, potentially maximizing the effectiveness of the transplant. The extraction technique requires minimal handling of the cells and the cells are transplanted the same day.
Stem Cells harvested from adipose or fat contain more mysenchymal stem cells than a bone marrow extraction. Mysenchymal stem cells have enormous therapeutic potential for tissue repair.
The adipose is washed with normal saline and centrifuged, or separated, to isolate adult adipose derived stem cells. The cells are tested for bacteria, then are mixed with Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP and then administered intravenously.
The main goals of stem cell therapy are remyelination to repair damage and immunomodulation to prevent future damage.
The Arizona Stem Cell Center explains, “The technique of using PRP has been used for years. PRP contains (and releases through degranulation) several different growth factors and other cytokines that stimulate healing of bone and soft tissue.
“PRP stem cell treatment is used for musculoskeletal injuries, autoimmune conditions like Lupus and Multiple Sclerosis, degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis, Parkinson’s Syndrome and ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) and chronic viral conditions (including Epstein-Barr, Cytomegalovirus and Herpes viruses).
“This therapy has its roots in the eclectic European medical armamentarium of the 1930’s.
“When used with stem cells harvested from the patient’s own tissue, PRP messages the stem cells to multiply quickly. This inflammatory response is a major driver of appropriate healing response.”
Each person who undergoes stem cell therapy may have a different result. Disability can be reversed, pain abated, and future attacks warded off. This may be more successful in some than in others. If you are interested in talking to Dr. Balshi to see if you’re a good candidate for stem cell treatment, you can call his office (561) 272-6000.
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