The goal of using stem cell thearpy to treat osteoarthritis is to stimulate self healing and improve the patient’s function and quality of life.
Why patients with osteoarthritis are choosing stem cell transplantation instead of surgery because:
A stem cell therapy can reduce the symptoms of OA including; improving range of motion, reducing inflammation, reducing stiffness, and potentially delaying or eliminating the need for surgery, allowing patients to fully engage in the activities they enjoy.
Osteoarthritis arthritis occurs when the cartilage, which acts a a cusion, wears away.
As the cartilage wears away there is less shock absorption and the bones will begin to rub more closely against each other;the result is pain, swelling, stiffness, and in later stages of the disease, the formation of bones spurs, and bone on bone contact.
As the swelling, stiffness, and pain increases you may find yourself minimizing your movement, effectively worsening the problem.
Reduced movement can increase the amount of muscle that is wasting away, and laxity of the ligament which, will reduce the strength and stability.
Conventional non-surgical treatments treat the symptoms, but not the underlying disease, and may have serious adverse events associated with long term use.
Surgery is the only FDA approved treatment that can provide a long-term solution, but there can be serious surgical related complications.
Complete recovery from surgery can take up to one year. You can usually resume normal activity after 6 weeks, but it can take 3 months to 1 year for the pain and inflammation to subside.
The risks of the surgical procedure include:S
Stem cells support self-healing of the joint cartilage. Osteoarthritis occurs with gradual change to the immune system, cartilage is damaged, bone structure is remodeled, and a chronic inflammation of the synovium develops.
Mesenchymal stem cells have been shown to regulate the immune system response, inhibit inflammation, stimulate blood vessel growth, repair tissue, and stimulate self-regeneration of the cartilage.
The stem cells and platelet-rich plasma are easily harvested from the patient. These stem cells are specific to the patient, ensuring the patient will not reject the cells.
The entire procedure is relatively quick and most patients are up and walking with assistance within 24 hours.
Patients will experience minimal discomfort, and depending on the job, most can return to work in 1-2 weeks. If the patient performs a desk job, he or she may return after only a few days.
For the treatment of OA, Stem Cells Transplant Institute uses autologous mesenchymal stem cells derived from the patient’s own adipose tissue and bone marrow.
Autologous means the stem cells are collected from the recipient so the risk of rejection is virtually eliminated.
Mesenchymal stem cells are one type of adult stem cells that are found in a variety of tissues including; adipose tissue, lung, bone marrow, and blood.
Due stem cell viability, in patients over the age of 65 it may be necessary to use human umbilical cord stem cells.
As we age so do our stem cells. To ensure positive outcomes, it is necessary to be able to collect a sufficient quantity of viable stem cells. You and your physician can decide if umbilical cord stem cells is the preferred option.
Our physicians us an FDA approved method and protocol for harvesting and isolating adipose derived stem cells for autologous reimplantation.
Stem cells are administered directly into the affected joint or in areas immediately surrounding the injury.
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Using the most advanced technologies, the team of experts at The Stem Cells Transplant Institute believes in the potential of stem cell therapy for the treatment of osteoarthritis.
We are committed to providing personalized service and the highest quality of care to every patient.