Stem cell therapy, in combination with growth factors and antioxidants, has been shown, in animal and/ or human trials, to be a therapeutic option for a number of diseases including but not limited to:
Stem cell therapy improves cell regeneration and aids in tissue healing and repair.
Stem cells are a type of undifferentiated cell that have the ability to differentiate, or change, into specific and specialized cell types.
Stem cells can be guided into becoming a specific type of cell allowing physicians trained in the field of regenerative medicine to use stem cells to repair diseased or damage tissue.
Stem cells are attracted to the site of injury and then change into the type of cell that is needed to repair or heal the damaged tissue.
At the Stem Cells Transplant Institute in Costa Rica we offer
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are ideal for treating many kinds of injuries and disease, and can be derived from many different kinds of tissue including; bone marrow, adipose tissue, cord blood and cord tissue.
Our clinic has access to four sources of adult mesenchymal stem cells and has the equipment to culture and expand cells, increasing the number of viable mesenchymal stem cells. This allows our physicians to select the optimal treatment for each individual patient based on his or her disease, symptoms and individual needs.
Bone marrow derived MSCs (BMSC) can be extracted from a patient or a donor by aspiration, typically from the iliac crest or sternum. Bone marrow stem cells are most commonly used in bone marrow transplants in patients diagnosed with leukemia or certain types of hematopoietic disease. Studies have shown bone marrow derived stem cells to be an effective treatment for some chronic or degenerative disorders. The process for extracting MSCs from bone marrow can be painful but we make every effort to reduce any possible pain to the patient.
Adipose derived MSCs (AMSC) are surgically extracted from a patient’s own fat tissue, using liposuction. Adipose tissue is easily accessible and provides an abundant rich source of multipotent adult stem cells. These type of stem cells are quickly and easily collected, additionally, only a small amount of adipose tissue is needed. The process for collecting adipose derived stem cells is less invasive, safer, less painful and faster than collecting MSCs from bone marrow.
Umbilical cord derived MSCs (HUCT-MSC) Based on clinical research, we use umbilical cord stem cells (UCMSCs) for the treatment of certain conditions such as neurodegenerative, autoimmune, and inflammatory diseases. We offer two types of umbilical cord derived mesenchymal stem cells:
UCMSCs are derived from umbilical cord donations after informed consent has been given by the parent or parents and after the baby has been delivered. The procedure is safe and painless for both the child and mother.
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) naturally repair injured or diseased tissue, however, a person suffering from a severe injury or degenerative disease, may not have sufficient quantities of stem cells, or may not be able to release the stem cells quickly enough to repair the damaged tissue.
Research has shown mesenchymal stem cells have the ability to regenerate damaged or injured tissue, modulate the immune system, decrease pro-inflammatory mediators, release growth factors, cytokines and chemokines that aid healing and in the formation of new blood vessels while suppressing inflammation.
Mesenchymal stem cells have the ability to:
Due to provision in legislation passed in 2014, the Costa Rican Secretary of Health considered stem cell therapy/regenerative medicine illegal because the bill failed to include any direction around stem cell therapy using adult stem cells.
In 2014, clinics in Costa Rica that were offering stem cell therapy were required to close.
New legislation passed in 2016, Regulation No. 39986 provided authorization and guidance for regenerative therapy using adult stem cells.
Any party that would like to perform stem cell therapy in Costa Rica, must submit an application to the local Health Controller.
The clinic must meet the following formal requirements:
The Stem Cells Transplant Institute started the legal process immediately following the change in legislation and was approved to open in 2017.
In the United States and other parts of the world, stem cell therapy is available only to the few patients that have access to a clinical trial.
In the United States, the FDA has not approved any stem-cell based products for use other than for certain blood disorders.
Stem cell treatments are offered by various medical doctors, doctors of osteopathic medicine and even some chiropractors. Unfortunately, many clinics in the United States, and across the globe are not adequately trained, which can lead to poor results and a waste of money.
When choosing a physician in the United States or abroad, it is critical to ensure that he or she has the proper training and certification.
The physicians at the Stem Cells Transplant Institute are board certified by the American Academy of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine and members of the International Society for Stem Cell Application.
The Stem Cells Transplant Institute provides government approved stem cell therapy to patients looking for alternative treatment options.