Here’s what you’ll learn in this free guide about stem cells…
The 2 Main Types Of Stem Cell Treatments in the United States!
The 4 Different Types of Regenerative Therapies! (which are the most cost effective)
Why Researchers Call Stem Cell Therapy the Miracle of the 21st Century!
How You Can Use Stem Cells to Potentially Help Heal and Regenerative Damaged Ligaments and Joints!
Finally, Stem Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine treatments are available, and this consumer guide has everything you need to know if you’re interested in using regenerative therapies to potentially heal your body from chronic joint and health conditions. Advancements in regenerative therapy have given us the ability to regenerate human tissue like bone, ligaments, cartilage, nerve tissue, fat tissue, and liver tissue. We are living in an exciting age because this is the first time in the history of medicine this technology has been made available to the public. Today, people all over suffering from chronic conditions and pain have the opportunity to experience these extraordinary treatments.
Most people have the misconception that the only stem cell therapy available is embryonic therapy and this couldn’t be further from the truth. Embryonic stem cell therapy is not allowed in the United States because of the ethical and morality issues, but there are some countries across the world that may still perform those therapies. Advancements in adipose (fat) tissue and bone marrow derived stem cells are some of the treatments changing the face of medicine for chronic illness. You’ve probably heard about the incredible healing power of bone marrow derived stem cell treatments and didn’t even know it. Back in 1975 oncologists began an era of using bone marrow transplants, or bone marrow stem cells, to treat leukemia patients. Bone marrow was taken from the iliac crest (hip area) and processed into stem cells before being injected back into the patients to boost the immune system and successfully cure lymphoma. These therapies have been saving and improving lives for a while, and now they are available to you.
“Stem cells have “raw potential” which means they can become any other tissue or organ in the body.”
There are four regnerative treatment therapies we will focus on in this guide. All of these procedures have been around for about 20 years but have only recently become increasingly popular and more easily accessible. Stem cells have “raw potential” which means they can become any other tissue or organ in the body. Each of these treatments harnesses the regenerative power of stem cells to repair and replace damaged cells:
Bone Marrow Derived Stem Cell Therapy
Adipose Derived Stem Cells
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy
Amniotic Cell Therapy
Of all of these regenerative treatments currently, only two are classified as “Stem Cell Therapy, ” and those are bone marrow-derived stem cells and adipose tissue-derived stem cells. The other treatments harness the regenerative power of stem cells as well but with different techniques that make them unique.
Bone Marrow Derived Stem Cell Therapy
After the astonishing success of bone marrow-derived stem cell therapy in cancer treatment during the 70’s and 80’s, researchers began to explore the effectiveness of stem cells in orthopedic treatment. They began to use bone marrow-derived stem cell therapy to repair and replace ligaments and cartilage with high rates of success, and bone marrow-derived stems cells became widely accepted as a successful way to reform cartilage tissue. Mesenchymal stem cells are the prototypical adult stem cell. They have a high potential for self-renewal, are highly adaptive and have a broad tissue distribution. It’s up to the doctor’s preference if they want to use bone marrow as a source for stem cells depending on their opinion about the amount of mesenchymal stem cells needed for each particular condition.
The bone marrow-derived stem cells for these treatments come from you. These are your own stem cells being repurposed and directed into the areas that need repair. Because the treatment is done with cells from your body, the threshold for infection or rejection is minimal to non-existent. These stem cells are not only proficient at forming cartilage tissues, but they are also used in the treatment of neurological conditions, respiratory conditions, metabolic conditions and a wide range of chronic and autoimmune disease. This procedure usually ranges anywhere from $15-20k for one large joint.
Adipose Derived Stem Cells
Adipose-derived stem cells come right from fat in your own body. These cells are collected through a liposuction procedure where your doctor extracts fat and processes stem cells from the sample. The entire procedure is straightforward and takes about 1 1/2 hours to complete. Like bone marrow, fat cells are a store cache of your body’s stem cells. As you age, the amount of stem cells in storage begins to decrease, and this can affect the quality and density of the stem cells obtainable with an extraction. Some doctors prefer to use platelet rich plasma treatments (PRP), and amniotic cell treatments for older patients because of the decreasing amounts of stem cells in fat and bone marrow. Many doctors combine adipose stem cell treatment with PRP, which we will discuss in the next section, for this reason. PRP treatments are also commonly used in bone marrow-derived stem cell treatment procedures because they are rich in growth factors and cytokines that tell stem cells where to go and what to do.
Once the fat has been extracted and processed, the doctor takes adipose-derived stem cells and adds them to PRP for injection back into your body. Only bone marrow-derived stem cell therapy and adipose derived stem cell therapy are labeled as “stem cell therapy” with the FDA.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) is a regenerative treatment. PRP is rich in cytokines and growth factors and is commonly used in combination or used as a booster to stem cell treatments described above. Platelets make up 1% of the total blood volume. When you cut yourself, these platelets rush to the area to seal it with a scab and begin to create new tissue for the healing process. PRP also contains a high level of growth factors and cytokines that facilitate the healing process and supports immune functions. PRP doesn’t have any stem cells . PRP promotes healing and is also great for tears and inflammation. PRP has been successful in treating meniscus tears and rotator cuff tears with great results.
“PRP also contains a high level of growth factors and cytokines that facilitate the healing process and supports immune functions.”
The platelet-rich plasma therapy can be completed in about 90 minutes to 2 hours. Your doctor will take a routine blood draw and use a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the blood. The plasma is then injected back into the patient. This minimally invasive treatment is the most moderately priced of all of the regenerative treatments at $950-1200 and is highly effective.
Amniotic Cell Therapy
Cells for amniotic cell therapy is derived from amniotic fluid obtained after cesarean sections. About 32% of births in the United States are done by C-section and cells are extracted from the tissue donated from the mother. FDA regulated labs take this tissue and process it for cells for the treatment abiding by strict regulations and guidelines. There is a barrier between mother and child during gestation and on the mother’s side is something called chorionic tissue which contains antigens that could produce an immune response if used for cell therapy. These highly skilled laboratories ensure that no chorionic tissue is included in the cell extraction and only antigen-free amniotic tissue is used. Amniotic cells are responsible for growing a baby, so they are rich in growth factors. Amniotic cell therapy is like a super-charged PRP injection with a higher potency of cytokines.
“Amniotic fluid is dense in growth factors and cytokines and is a relatively inexpensive regenerative treatment.”
When amniotic tissue is extracted, it’s processed and distributed in three different “forms”. Amniotic tissue can be turned into a dehydrated sheet, a powder ,or it can be frozen cryogenically for distribution. The processing of the amniotic tissue plays a significant roll in the types of regenerative cells that remain in the product.. There is some misinformation available that claims that there are no stem cells in ANY amniotic product; however, this is not true, and should not be used as ‘a blanket statement’ since it depends on how the tissue is processed. For example, there are stem cells in some cryogenically processed amniotic tissue products, but there are NO stem cells in the dehyrdated or powder versions.
The two types of regenerative cells that are found in almost ALL cryogenic amniotic products are growth factors and cytokines. Amniotic fluid is dense in growth factors and cytokines. These two types of cells are very important in the regenerative process and many scientists believe they may even play a more important role than the stem cells. In addition to cytokines, growth factors, and stem cells there are other types of regenerative cells found in amniotic tissue so it is often considered a ‘regenerative soup’ . This treatment is perfect for those with certain health conditions who have a lower chance of harvesting an effective amount of stem cells through bone marrow or adipose extraction.
These four regenerative treatment procedures are truly groundbreaking advancements for many people who are desperately searching for alternative options to medication dependency and surgery. After the successful results in the treatment of joint conditions, systemic metabolic conditions, respiratory conditions and overall health, they are sure to continue to increase in popularity.