What is Stem Cell Therapy?

Mesenchymal stem cell therapy deposits stem cells, growth factors (PRP/platelet lysate), and supportive cells locally at the site of damage or arthritis, or intravascularly for delivery to distant organs and nerves. Mesenchymal stem cells are known to differentiate into cartilage, bone, muscle, ligament, and nerve cells, control inflammation, and attract other stem cells and growth factors to the injured area.

 

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Are there any ethical issues with adult stem cells?

No, adult stem cells reside in many tissues of your own body and are not derived from embryos. They have the ability to become many types of cells, including muscle, cartilage, bone, and nerve, but have internal controls that prevent their becoming an entire human being or growing into a tumor. Gathering and concentrating your stem cells from an area where they are plentiful, such as fat, and re-injecting them into an area that needs to heal is considered a type of tissue transplantation procedure and is within the scope of practice of a medical doctor.

What conditions may benefit from adult stem cells?

Many joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves, and other tissues that has been damaged as a result of an injury, disease, or as part of a degenerative process can benefit from stem cell therapy. There is published evidence that mesenchymal (adult) stem cell therapies can result in improvement in the symptoms and MRI findings in arthritis. There are ongoing studies in sports injuries, stroke, spinal cord injury, heart failure. peripheral artery disease, and COPD using the same processes as are used at BOUNDLESS.

Are there any side effects to Stem Cell Therapy?

It is a very safe procedure. Some patients may experience pain and soreness during the post-operative period and as with most procedures there are slight risks of infection or bleeding, but overall the complication rate is less than 1/1000. Because autologous blood and fat or bone marrow is used, there are minimal chances of allergic reactions and no risk of rejection. The procedure is done in an office setting, under local anesthesia, eliminating the risks associated with surgery or general anesthesia.

What are the potential benefits of Stem Cell Therapy?

Healing, repair and regeneration of a variety of traumatic and degenerative injuries. In the right environment, adult stem cells can become muscle, tendon, bone, nerve and/or cartilage cells and, when injected, migrate and congregate in damaged tissues. Meniscal tears, ligament tears, rotator cuff tears, tennis elbow, arthritis and other sports and spine conditions have been found to respond to stem cell therapy. In addition to their regenerative capacity, stem cell therapy has been shown to decrease inflammation and pain and help in chemotaxis, drawing more stem cells and other healing factors to the site of the injury, initiating a healing cascade.

How do you get the stem cells?

The adult stem cells we use are present throughout your body. There are high concentrations of them in your fat and, to a lesser degree, in your bone marrow. There are also options of buying stem cells that have been derived and purified from another donor. At BOUNDLESS we have access to all of the above options and will discuss with you which is optimum in your case. In general, however, your own fat-derived adult stem cells, obtained via a mini liposuction procedure, are typically best for the following reasons: 1. there are lots of them – a single mini-liposuction produces 50-100 million cells, as compared to bone marrow at less than 100 thousand and donor vials that contain less than 500 thousand cells. 2. There is some research that indicates that your own stem cells will work better for you than those from another donor. 3. The mini-liposuction procedure is less painful and is associated with less risk than a bone marrow aspirate.

How do I know if the Stem Cells are injected in the correct place?

At Boundless we use the most up-to-date technology, including real-time ultrasound and/or fluoroscopic (xray) guidance to deliver the cells with pinpoint accuracy to the injured areas foroptimum effectiveness.

How soon can I go back to my regular activities?

The procedure is ambulatory. Patients are usually sore during the first couple days after the injection. Patients can return to work after 2 or 3 days, depending on the site of the treatment and the job requirements.

Is Stem Cell Therapy FDA Approved?

There are no clear protocols to treat any disease with adult stem cells in the U.S. With the advance of science and more research, laws and regulations in the field of regenerative medicine will be changing rapidly. Although Stem Cell Therapy is not FDA approved, we follow the standard regulations for patient safety and laboratory practices.

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