Stem Cell Treatment # 8 – Black Holes & Postoperative Care

Stem Cells - blueMy 8th Stem Cell treatment was on October 20, 2016 provided by Dr. Thomas Balshi, MD. In this interview, Dr. Balshi explains the black holes as seen on my November 2015 MRI and also liposuction post operative care.

Stem cells are cells that can self-renew to produce more stem cells. Adult stem cells act as a repair system for the body, replenishing adult tissues. Black holes are a name given due to the appearance on an MRI. A black hole means there is permanent axon damage where a lesion used to be. Even though stem cells have the incredible ability to repair tissue, decrease inflammation and do things that medication can’t do, Dr. Balshi explained that brain atrophy is part of the normal aging process, and stem cell therapy probably isn’t going to reverse that because the natural aging process is going to happen to all of us.

However, Stem cells carry the ability to turn into new brain tissue. And the brain is amazing, it has the ability to re-route around the permanent damage and create new pathways. Dr. Balshi said he’s not worried about the black holes, instead, he focuses on the lesions that have disappeared from the report.

Dr. Balshi explained that after the treatment: 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 or mini-liposuction. The area is wrapped snugly with an ace bandage for about 4 days, only to be removed to shower. This wrap is the only after-care following the procedure. Keep the wrap on, not super tight, just to put a little pressure on the area to help it heal quickly.

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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Linda Grace Cox


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