Lupus, short for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks healthy tissues, especially in the joints (especially fingers, wrists, hands, and knees). As lupus is a collection of diseases, patients often develop fatigue, rash, and swollen lymph nodes, in a variety of areas and parts of the body. As with other auto-immune conditions, anti-inflammatory medications and immune-suppressants are used commonly for treatment; cytotoxic drugs are used for severe cases.
This debilitating disease is unbearably painful and its life-threatening symptoms often drive patients to thoughts of suicide. While there are FDA-approved drugs to control lupus symptoms (including antimalarial drugs, azathioprine, cyclophosphamide, and prednisone), stem cell therapy offers a viable alternative.
Effective stem cell therapy treatments for Lupus balance the disease as the symptoms flare and subside. Since adult stem cells are undifferentiated, meaning they can change into the cells of many organs and tissues in the body, they can repair damaged fibers and revitalize failing cells through cell division, a process in which they multiply indefinitely.
Dr. Santos has determined that adipose-derived stem cells, a component of the so-called stromal vascular fraction (SVF), may be used to mitigate the effects of Lupus. SVF is rich in mesenchymal stem cells and growth factors, thus carrying both immuno-regulatory and anti-inflammatory properties. Using proprietary methods of harvesting stem cells and targeted injection protocols, we are often able to restore normal bodily function to tissue and organs affected by Lupus.
Stem cell therapy for Lupus is completed as an out-patient procedure. Stem cells and SVF are harvested and prepared, then injected intravenously. The procedure generally takes 3 hours and often eliminates the need for steroid and immunosuppressant medications.
To learn more about stem cell therapy for Lupus, please contact us to schedule a consultation. Dr. Santos personally evaluates patients at the Regenerative Cell Institutes of Las Vegas, Nevada, or Mason City, Iowa.