The Stem Cells Transplant Institute in Costa Rica, recommends the use of umbilical cord stem cells for the treatment of spinal cord injuries.
Treatment at the Stem Cells Transplant Institute can help promote healing to help improve some functions including:
The brain and the spinal cord make up your body’s central nervous system which controls most functions of the body and mind.
The spine carries messages, or nerve impulses, between the body and the brain.
When the spinal cord is injured, the communication between the brain and the body is disrupted; most of the nerve impulses cannot get through causing a loss of sensation, autonomic nervous system control, and mobility.
Most of our body’s organs and tissue can recover after an injury, however, cells in the central nervous system are so specialized they cannot replicate and create new specialized cells, making it very difficult to recover from a spinal cord injury.
Since 2005, clinicians specializing in regenerative medicine have been using stem cell therapy to treat spinal cord injuries. Clinicaltrials.gov currently has more than 47 clinical trials listed evaluating the safety and efficacy of stem cell therapy for spinal cord injuries. https://clinicaltrials.gov
Stem cell therapy, using adult mesenchymal stem cells, has been shown to be safe for the treatment of spinal cord injuries. The focus, of current stem cell research and treatments, is to reduce inflammation, eliminate toxins and free radicals, and replace neurons and their supporting cells.
Published in 2018 in Cytotherapy, researchers shared the results of a phase 2 clinical trial evaluating stem cell therapy in patients with chronic spinal cord injury who received three intrathecal injections and were then followed for 10 months. The researchers were able to evaluate the safety and efficacy of stem cell treatment in 9 out of the 11 enrolled patients.
Results showed the treatment to be well tolerated with no treatment related adverse events.
At the end of 10 months, 66.6% of patients showed improvement in urodynamic studies, 55.5% of patients experienced somatosensory improvements and 44.4% of patients had improved voluntary muscle contraction.
Table VIII and Table IX are taken directly from the publication1
The goal of stem cell therapy is to replace lost and damaged neurons.
Through the paracrine effect, stem cell therapy also:
Most patients with SCI will need to receive at least three treatments.
Not all patients respond the same to stem cell therapy and at this time, it is not clear how reproducible this treatment is for different patients with different types of injuries.
Scarring can reduce the effectiveness of treatment.
Stem cell therapy works best if offered within a short period of time following the initial injury.
We use only umbilical cord stem cells that are derived exclusively from umbilical cord donations.
The umbilical cord stem cells from are collected after informed consent has been given by the parent, or parents, and only after the delivery of the baby.
The collection follows strict ethical protocols ensuring the stem cells are from safe, reliable sources using a non-invasive, simple and painless procedure. Once collected, the cord blood is then screened for disease.
For autologous stem cell therapy, our physicians use and FDA approved method and protocol for harvesting and isolating adipose and bone marrow derived stem cells for autologous reimplantation.
The stem cells are administered by intravenous and intrathecal (spinal) injection.
Costa Rica has one of the best healthcare systems in world and is ranked among the highest for medical tourism.
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 spinal cord injuries.
We are committed to providing personalized service and the highest quality of care to every patient.