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Q.) What kinds of problems are being treated with Stem Cells?

A.) The most common medical ailments that are being treated with Stem Cells are joint pains due to arthritis. Knees, hips and shoulders are the most common. The Stem Cells are removed from fat taken from your body, usually from the "love handle" area (the fat just above your hip bones). These stem cells are concentrated and then injected back into your body. A portion of the stem cells are injected directly into the affected joint, the rest is injected intravenously.

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Stem Cell Treatment

The option to be treated with Stem Cells became much more practical when it was discovered that the best stem cells avialble for most patients are located in fat. In fact, there are over 5 million stem cells in just a teaspoon of fat! For most patients, the best quaility stem cells are in the fat just above the hip bones, sometimes called the "love handles". There are literally tens of millions of stem cells in the collagen matrix of your fat just under the skin. With nothing more than a little bit of local anesthesia, these cells can be removed and then processed in about 1-2 hours. The harvested fat is processed while you wait in our office into a mixture of cells and growth factors called stromal vascular fraction (SVF).

SVF contains at least six different types of stem cells. These cells are safe and can be very effective for some patients. There is no evidence that these cells, taken from your own body, can cause any disease or cancer. Other types of stem cells such as embryonic cells have occaionally been associated with tumor formation. Only the cells taken from your body are used to make SVF, so there is no risk of disease transmission or rejection.

Transferring the stem cells (“cell surgery”) from one area of your body that has plenty of stem cells, to another area that needs stem cells (like an arthritic joint)  gives doctors an option while we wait for the creation of safe stem cell products tha are FDA approved and available in a bottle on the shelf. We are still at least several years away from such a product.

The stem cells stored in your fat  lie dormant until they are called into action by an injury or disease (like arthritis). They are carried by your blood to the area that needs to be healed. When they arrive, they are activated, which means they change into the type(s) of injured tissue(s) that are needed for repair. They may also send out chemical messengers to other cells that are already in the area to start repairing the injury or disease. Stem cells are so good at finding problems that sometimes more than 1 area gets improved even though we only treated 1 area! By releasing the stem cells from the fat and putting them back into your body, we can stimulate the injured area to heal itself.

Some doctors, especially those that treat mostly orthopedic conditions have said that stem cells taken from bone marrow (ouch!) may be just as useful. For many reasons, fat appears to be superior and most orthopedic conditions have a greater than 80 percent response rate to stem cells taken from fat. Unlike mini-liposuction, bone marrow extraction is often painful, and yields low numbers of stem cells. Sometimes, the number of cells obtained from bone marrow are so low that they have to be cultured over several days into perhaps a few million cells. Stem cells taken from fat just underneath the skin (SVF) have high numbers of excellent quality cells that do not require culturing in a laboratory. Dr. Sinclair can process the fat into SVF on the same day obtaining as many as 10-40 million stem cells. Dr. Sinclair is a member of the Cell Surgical Network which has done more than 4,000 SVF treatments using this technology with excellent safety data. The extensive data our network collects will be presented to the FDA in an effort to make stem cell-based therapies more mainstream. Perhaps someday these treatments will be covered by insurance; at this point, all treatments remain investigational. Even though stem cell treatments are commonly used in other countries, in the USA Stem cell treatments are still not yet FDA approved.

For more information, call Dr. Sinclair at 561-795-7546561-795-7546.

 

Stem Cell Treatment Targets

  • Knee Pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Arthritis

Stem Cell Treatment Benefits

  • Decreased Pain
  • Little to no down time
  • Low Risk
  • Affordable

 

 

FAQ's...

Q.) What kinds of problems are being treated with Stem Cells?

A.) The most common medical ailments that are being treated with Stem Cells are joint pains due to arthritis. Knees, hips and shoulders are the most common. The Stem Cells are removed from fat taken from your body, usually from the "love handle" area (the fat just above your hip bones). These stem cells are concentrated and then injected back into your body. A portion of the stem cells are injected directly into the affected joint, the rest is injected intravenously.

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