What is osteoarthritis?Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative arthritis or degenerative joint disease, is a group of mechanical abnormalities involving degradation of joints, including articular cartilage and subchondral bone. Symptoms may include joint pain, tenderness, stiffness, locking, and sometimes an effusion. When bone surfaces become less well protected by cartilage, bone may be exposed and damaged. As a result of decreased movement secondary to pain, regional muscles may atrophy, and ligaments may become more lax.
How can stem cells help fight arthritis?
Stem cell therapy has been demonstrated to induce profound healing activity in animals with various forms of arthritis. For example, the company Vet-Stem routinely utilizes stem cells in horses with various joint deformities to accelerate healing. Besides healing of damaged tissues, stem cells have the unique ability to modulate the immune system so as to shut off pathological responses while preserving ability to fight off disease.
How are the stem cells administered?
The adipose-derived stem cells are administered by a licensed physician into the affected joint(s) (intra-articular injection) and intravenously (IV).
The osteoarthritis treatment protocol requires a 2 week stay in Panama.
Why does adipose stem cell treatment take more than one week?
Intravenously administered adipose-derived stem cells will tend to migrate back to the fresh wound site if it is not given an adequate time to heal. Therefore, it is essential to allow about one week after the mini-liposuction before administering any stem cells intravenously. Otherwise, there is a high likelihood that the treatment will not be as effective
Additionally, it takes 5 five days to thoroughly test the adipose cell samples for aerobic and anaerobic bacteria. In order to ensure that no patient receives an infected sample, at least 5 days must transpire before the cells can be confirmed safe and injected back into the patient.
Lastly, this 5-day waiting period enables our scientists to culture a small sample of each patient’s stem cells in the lab to observe how they are likely to proliferate once they are inside the body. If a patient’s cells show low viability, our doctors will supplement the treatment with additional cord-derived cells to compensate. The same can be done in cases of low cell yield.
Osteoarthritis Stem Cell Treatment Protocol Outline
- The osteoarthritis treatment protocol typically takes approximately 2 weeks
- The first two days: medical evaluation, blood testing, and mini-liposuction
- 1 joint (intra-articular) injection of autologous adipose-derived mesenchymals(up to 4 joints)
- 3 Intravenous injections (IV) of adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells
- 1-month supply of Stem Kine supplement
What about follow-up after I return home?
We care about how you are doing after you return home. So, we will monitor your post-treatment progress on a regular basis. Regular follow-up also helps us evaluate the effectiveness of our treatments and improve our protocols based on observed outcomes.
Therefore, our medical staff will be contacting you after 1 month, 3 months, 4 months, and 1 year after the treatment to follow up on your condition.
May I speak with any successfully treated patients?
Of course you may. Some of our treated osteoarthritis patients have volunteered to speak with prospective patients after treatment approval. Your patient coordinator will be happy assist you with contacting them at the appropriate time.
You may also take a look at written testimonials, news articles and videos from some of our osteoarthritis patients.
How can I request more information?
You may contact us by telephone 1 (800) 980-STEM (toll-free in US) and 1 (954) 636-3390.
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