Extraction Methods and Techniques

Regenerative Cell Institute uses a variety of stem cell extraction techniques to ensure that each patient receives the highest amount of platelet rich plasma for their specific medical condition and need. Using the latest technological advancements and procedures, Dr. Santos extracts adult stem cells and platelet rich plasma (PRP) from patients’ blood, bone marrow, or fat.

Currently, there are two methods of PRP preparation approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Both processes involve the collection of whole blood (with anticoagulant citrate dextrose) that undergoes two stages of centrifugation designed to separate platelet rich plasma (PRP) from platelet poor plasma (PPP) and red blood cells. Different clinical requirements and procedures demand different volumes of platelet rich plasma (PRP) and platelet poor plasma (PPP), along with varying concentrations of platelets, leukocytes, and erythrocytes. The technique used for isolating and concentrating platelets has a direct impact on the effectiveness of treatments and Dr. Santos and the Regenerative Cell Institute use state of the art equipment and technology as well as cutting edge, proprietary PRP processing and preparation techniques to treat all patients.

When samples are collected from blood or bone marrow, Regenerative Cell Institute uses the Angel cPRP System to prepare the PRP for injection. Angel produces a high yield of PRP and PPP from both blood and bone marrow aspirate (BMA) and its precision separation process enables Dr. Santos to customize indication-specific PRP formulations for each patient, ensuring that they receive the right PRP formulation for their specific procedure.

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RCI also uses Adi-Light 2 by AdiStem Ltd., to photoactivate PRP used for joint pain. Dr. Santos and other practicing physicians have discovered that adding a simple 10-minute photoactivation procedure to the preparation of PRP significantly reduces pain and accelerates healing. Adi-Light2 is the result of extensive research into the effects of red, green, and yellow light at specific frequencies on human cells. Photoactivation creates an anti-inflammatory effect and increases the production of beta-endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers. When applied to PRP, a concentrated source of platelets containing growth factors and cytokines, the healing of bone and soft issue is accelerated and patients receive pain relief within in a couple of days, rather than weeks or months.