Stem Cell Therapy for Health and Wellness

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Stem Cell Therapy

Stem Cell Treatment in Las Vegas

Stem cell therapy is a minimally invasive, innovative treatment in the growing field of regenerative medicine. Using stem cells to treat a variety of chronic orthopedic and spine conditions, auto-immune diseases, and neurological conditions, stem cell therapy serves as an alternative to surgery and medications. Ultimately, it has the potential to get you back to living an active, healthy lifestyle!

As a leader of stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine, Dr. Santos’ Regenerative Cell Institute is at the forefront of stem cell procedures and groundbreaking techniques which give the body the potential to heal itself naturally.

Regenerative Cell Institute’s innovative stem cell therapy procedures treat a variety of medical conditions including:

  • Orthopedic Conditions – including osteoarthritis, neck and back pain, sports injuries, ligament damage, and joint pain
  • Auto-Immune Diseases – including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, and peripheral neuropathy
  • Neurological Conditions – including multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson’s disease, stroke recovery, Alzheimer’s disease, and autism

Many musculoskeletal conditions caused by sports injuries and overuse, and diseases associated with aging, can be treated with stem cell procedures. If you:

  • Suffer from chronic pain due to arthritis or injuries.
  • Are a candidate for back surgery or joint replacement surgery.
  • Live with a common auto-immune disease.
  • Battle a neurological condition.
  • Are living with degenerative conditions associated with aging.
  • Deal with erectile dysfunction (ED) or other conditions that adversely affect sexual wellness.

Stem cell therapy may have the potential to avoid invasive surgery, steroid treatments, or medications so you can enjoy an active, healthy life!

Definition of Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy is the use of stem cells to improve condition of degenerative and chronic inflammatory diseases.

Often referred to as stem cell treatment or cell therapy, stem cell therapy helps the body repair itself naturally. Once harvested, processed, and administered, transplanted stem cells treat inflammation and accelerate healing. They not only have the potential to regenerate injured cartilage, tendons, bone, muscle, ligaments and vertebral annular disc cartilage but also minimize the effects of many auto-immune diseases and neurological conditions.  Upon entering the affected area, stem cells find the damaged tissue and initiate repair or regeneration by stimulating the body’s own natural healing processes.

Stem cell therapy begins with harvesting a patient’s own stem cells (found in adipose (fat) tissue, blood or bone marrow) or via a donor source derived from amniotic fluid or umbilical cord blood.  Once extracted, the stem cells are concentrated into a small injectable volume and reintroduced into the body. Injection sites and methods vary on each patient’s condition and needs.  The administration of stem cells stimulates the body to repair and replace tissue that has either broken down over time, been traumatized from injury or overuse, or degenerated as a result of the aging process, and auto-immune disease, or a neurological condition.

Dr. Crispino Santos, founder of Regenerative Cell Institute, is one of the leaders of stem cell therapy.  Among the few select physicians in the United States trained in the groundbreaking techniques of stem cell therapy, Dr. Santos personally evaluates each patient to determine the best treatment options and care plan to address their specific needs.

Through Regenerative Cell Institute’s customized approach to stem cell therapy, many patients have been saved from undergoing invasive knee replacement or hip replacement surgery, spinal fusion surgery, and other invasive surgical procedures and been able to reduce their reliance upon steroids and medications used to treat a variety of auto-immune diseases, neurological conditions, and sexual disorders such as Erectile Dysfunction (ED).

Advantages of Stem Cell Therapy

  • No risk of rejection – Autologous stem cells are harvested from and reintroduced into the patient’s own body. Stem cells derived from donor sources such as amniotic fluid and/or umbilical cord blood are thoroughly tested and able to adapt to the environment into which injected.
  • Minimally invasive – In contrast to traditional treatment such as surgery or joint replacement, stem cell treatments are minimally invasive. Procedures are performed as out-patient and generally take 2-3 hours in the office. Patients rarely require any post-operative pain medication and are able to return to normal activity within 24 hours.
  • Avoid surgery – Our stem cell therapy procedures help many patients avoid invasive surgeries such as hip replacement, knee replacement or arthroscopy, serve as an alternative to back surgerysuch as spinal fusion or lumbar disc replacement, and help patients avoid many other orthopedic surgeries.  Additionally, stem cell therapy can serve as a replacement to many cosmetic surgical procedures such as breast implants, buttock implants, and fillers.
  • Rebuild the body’s own healthy tissue.
  • No need to consider the demanding recovery or down time associated with traditional surgery.
  • No general anesthesia – Due to the minimally invasive nature of stem cell therapy, procedures generally require local anesthesia only.
  • No transmission of communicable disease.
  • Fast recovery – Stem cell patients can resume normal activities in 1-2 days.

Harvesting Stem Cells

Stem cells may be harvested a variety of ways under local anesthesia or tumescent anesthesia for liposuction!  Regenerative Cell Institute utilizes harvesting techniques which include from a patient’s own blood, bone marrow and fat.

  • Adipose (fat) tissue is obtained through a mini liposuction procedure. Adipose tissue is the most abundant source of adult stem cells. It has the highest concentration of stem cells per volume (up to 1,000 times as much as bone marrow). This is our preferred source of stem cells.
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is harvested through a peripheral blood draw.
  • Bone marrow is obtained from a patient’s iliac crest under live x-ray guidance. The cells are then concentrated using a centrifuge process. Local anesthetic is utilized.
  • Dr. Santos evaluates each patient’s condition and body composition to determine which stem cell source(s) and procedure will achieve the best outcome.  We employ proprietary methods of concentrating stem cells and develop customized care plans to ensure our patients attain optimal results.*All donor sources are tested and treated to ensure they are healthy and do not contain any diseases.

To learn more about stem cell therapy, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Santos, please contact the Regenerative Cell Institute.

What You Need to Know About Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplants

Allogeneic stem cell transplants have a mile-long list of medical advantages. But let’s first offer you a brief explanation on what this procedure, also called as the donor stem cell transplant, is all about. So it basically entails replacing malfunctioning bone marrows with healthy stem cells, allowing the patient to have a new, healthy bone marrow. This also gives the patient the power of their donor’s immune system, successfully eliminating the remaining cancer cells in their body.

Stem Cell Sources for Transplantation

Stem cells for transplantation can be collected from the blood, bone marrow, and umbilical cord tissue and cord blood stem cells, amniotic fluid, and exosomes. Prior to the collection of stem cells, donors must undergo a thorough physical exam and blood testing.

Blood

When it comes to stem cell transplant, one of the most common sources is the blood that flows through our veins. The peripheral blood stem cells that are released by the bone marrow into the bloodstream are usually minimal. This requires the donor to take a white cell growth factor to increase the number of stem cells released by the marrow into the bloodstream. The process of blood removal from the donor is called apheresis, which simply involves placing a needle in a donor’s vein, allowing their blood to be pumped through a machine which separates blood into its four components: plasma, white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. Only the components which contain the stem cells, the platelets, and white cells, are collected and used in the transplantation procedure.

Bone Marrow

If the process of apheresis is not able to harvest a sufficient number of stem cells, then the donor may need to undergo a minor surgical procedure that allows for the retrieval of stem cells from the bone marrow. The harvested marrow is infused into the recipient’s vein within hours after being collected. If frozen and stored the right way, it may even be suitable for years.

Placental and Umbilical Cord Blood|

One of the richest sources of stem cells is created after the birth of an infant. The cord blood unit, or the blood that remains in the placenta and attached umbilical cord, can potentially save the lives of blood cancer patients. Using cord blood for transplantation is beneficial for many reasons;

  • First, it can be easily accessed, there are public cord blood banks where cord blood has been screened, tested, and frozen;
  • Second, a close match between the patient and donor can greatly improve the outcome of the procedure;
  • Third, this method of stem cell transplant puts less risk for patients to develop graft-versus-host disease (GVHD);
  • Fourth, there is a racially diverse source of stem cells obtained from placental and umbilical cord blood;
  • And lastly, there is less risk for blood-borne diseases to be transmitted through cord blood stem cell transplants compared to stem cell transplants from other sources.

Regenerative medicine always finds new ways to save lives. Perhaps you’re interested in knowing more about this procedure and how it can help you or a loved one. Please feel free to contact (links to Contact Us page) Regenerative Cell Institute for more information.

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