Stem Cell Therapy Process
Autologous Adipose Enriched Stem Cells help reverse and repair some of the world's most common medical diseases. Dr. Guyer uses this process on patients suffering from medical conditions such as osteoarthritis, pulmonary disease, and autoimmune disorders. We can also use stem cell therapy in several cosmetic procedures. Below, we describe the procedure in detail:
Step 1 - Harvest
The treatment begins with a local anesthetic that we infuse into the abdominal area. Then Dr. Guyer, trained in liposuction techniques, performs a mini liposuction procedure. The amount of fat needed depends on the type of procedure we perform, but in most cases we only require 200cc of fat. Typically, we harvest fat from both sides of the abdomen to ensure proper distribution. The fat harvesting process takes roughly 30 minutes.
Step 2 - Separation
Next, certified technicians process the harvested fat. Then, they spin the harvested fat using a patented centrifuge. After the spinning process, the fat concentrates at the top of the test tube and millions of stem cells isolate on the bottom. Then technician carefully extracts only the stem cells from the test tube using a closed system transfer. This eliminates any outside environmental contamination. Finally, we can enrich and transfuse the stem cells. The separation process takes roughly 50 minutes.
Step 3 - Enrich
Next, a phlebotomist takes 10cc of blood from the patient to begin the process. Then they spin the blood in a centrifuge which separates blood components and isolates platelets containing growth factors. We refer to this as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). Then the phlebotomist adds the platelets to the stem cells. This process takes about 15 minutes.
Step 4 - Treat
Finally, we administer the enriched stem cells. And depending on which condition is being treated, we introduce the stem cells into the body one of two ways: via intravenous drip or injection. This process takes roughly 1-3 hours to complete.
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Stem Cell Therapy Treatments
Stem Cell Therapy and Aesthetics
Dr. Guyer continually researches and practices autologous tissue harvest and re-implantation techniques. In addition, he searches for the most refined method to successfully use soft tissue transfer for his patients. With the combination of stem cells to enhance the graft take, Dr. Guyer perfected his re-injection technique to maximize the fat retention for longer lasting, fuller results.
Stem Cell Therapy and Autoimmune Diseases
Autoimmune diseases occur when the patient’s immune system generates cellular and antibody responses to substances and tissues normally present in the body. Because of this, doctors typically treat autoimmune conditions with immune-suppressive agents such as steroids and other prescription drugs. However, despite their improvement, these approaches possess the possibility of long-term adverse effects, as well as need for life-long treatment.
Today, new treatments and advances in research give new hope to people affected by these diseases. So with stem cell therapy, we can regenerate some of these tissues to mitigate the symptoms for a long-term relief. Because of this, stem cell procedures can help patients who don’t respond to typical drug treatment. These include:
- Diabetes Type I (Juvenile)
- Systemic Lupus
- Sjogren's Syndrome
- Autoimmune Cytopenia
- Crohn's Disease
- Behcet's Disease
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Juvenile Arthritis
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Systemic Vasculitis
- Alopecia Universalis
- Buerger's Disease
Stem Cell Therapy and Neurodegenerative Diseases / Injuries
Adult stem cells offer the tantalizing possibility of an automatic, self-repairing treatment for diseases caused by the damage and loss of neurons in the brain. Hence, scientists continue to study the use of stem cells for neurodegenerative diseases due to the results demonstrated. And, as the application of stem cells becomes more and more promising, physicians will continue to use stem cell therapy for the following conditions:
- Alzheimer's disease
- Parkinson's Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Stroke Damage
- Brain Injury
- Multiple Sclerosis
Anti-Aging and Wellness
Not only does stem cell therapy help treat chronic diseases, it may help improve overall health and well-being. And with the the latest technological advancements, it can also counteract the aging process. Our closed process helps supply your body with more concentrated levels of stem cells. As a result, this can help naturally treat the areas of distress, effectively slowing down the aging process.
Overall Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy:
Therapeutic levels of stem cells enhance your mood, energy levels, sexual health, cardiovascular system, immune system and memory. In addition, stem cells help you get rid of nagging injuries and pains by helping your body heal naturally without the need for surgery or invasive procedures. And with stem cell therapy, most people notice fewer joint and body aches, improved vitality and a rejuvenated mind. Also, apart from the improvements in bodily functions, cell therapies give you instant aesthetic improvements. For instance, the skin usually becomes more elastic and supple with fewer wrinkles and fine lines.
- Chronic Fatigue
- Skin Rejuvenation
- Sexual Dysfunction & Incontinence
Stem Cell Therapy and Orthopedics
A new era of orthopedic therapies uses cellular- and molecular-based strategies. For example, one therapy uses self-derived, autologous cell composites. Clinical data suggests these composites help with tissue regeneration and repair. Some of the orthopedic indications to show significant response include:
- Knee Injuries, Meniscus Tears
- Torn Ligaments and Sports Injuries
- Shoulder Injuries
- Spine Injuries
- Hip Injuries
- Neck Injuries
Stem Cell Therapy and Cardiology / Pulmonology
In recent years, cardiologists and pulmonologists have initiated research and new principles using cell and molecular therapies. Of these therapies, they are most interested in the applications using regenerative cells to repair and regenerate damaged tissues. Current research suggests these new, progressive non-surgical techniques hold significant promise in the practice of cardiology.
The human cell contains bio-active proteins with the capability to stimulate soft tissue healing. Because of this, they can potentially develop and repair of blood vessels, promote new tissue growth and stimulate healing at the site of the injury.
- Myocardial Infarction
- Heart Failure
- Acute Heart Damage
- Chronic Coronary Artery Disease
Note that the FDA has not approved our autologous stem cell therapy as a treatment for any condition. In in the eyes of the FDA, these procedures are still considered experimental. We provide stem cell therapy (less than manipulated) as a service and as a practice of medicine only. These statements are for educational purposes only and are not intended to be used to sell or promote our therapy.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What are stem cells?
Stem cells, unspecialized cells that maintain and repair tissues, develop into many different types of cells. In regeneration, stem cells may seek out areas in need of repair or restoration. Modern science accelerates our body's natural healing process.
Where do stem cells come from?
We use two types of stem cells for treatments: embryonic and adult stem cells. First, we use embryonic stem cells (derived from embryos) and adult stem cells (derived from a patient’s own body). Whereas adult stem cells exist throughout the body, the abdomen contains the most abundant and accessible source of stem cells.
What is Stem Cell Therapy?
So stem cell therapy involves isolating adult stem cells from abdominal fat. During this process, we reintroduce stem cells back into the body where they can do the most good. First, the process begins when we extract a few ounces of fat from the patient in a “mini” liposuction procedure. Next, we isolate the stem cells utilizing the state-of-the-art Healeon Medical CENTRIcyte 1000 Centrifuge. Finally, we re-introduce the stem cells back into the body by IV and/or injection (for more localized treatments).
What kind of ailments can stem cell therapy help?
For example, local treatments help heal knee, shoulder and other joint pain. Additionally, when we apply stem cells to the face, neck and scalp using a micro-needle system, we can achieve a more healthy, youthful look. We conduct these outpatient procedures in a sterile environment using state-of-the-art equipment. And with sedation and local anesthesia, the relatively simple and painless process involves minimal downtime.
Stem cell therapy improves a variety of conditions. For instance, our patients suffering from the following conditions have shown significant improvement using stem cell therapy:
- High blood pressure
- Crohn’s Disease
- Joint pain
- Macular degeneration
With stem cell therapy, patients report higher energy levels, better sleep and overall improved quality of life. And your doctor will conduct an individual assessment to determine the best course of action.
How long does the liposuction take?
The “mini” liposuction procedure only takes about 20 minutes. Therefore, once we extract the fat, the patient can usually relax or sleep while we isolate the stem cells.
Am I going have scars?
You may have small “punch” marks that look similar to small moles. And after the procedure, we take careful care to ensure that our patients have minimal tissue damage.
What happens after the liposuction?
After your liposuction, the medical staff isolates your stem cells while you wait. And most patients will sleep during this process.
How does the stem cell isolation process work?
While using the CENTRIcyte 1000 Centrifuge, the medical staff performs four separate steps to isolate your stem cells. In addition, we make sure the process stays completely closed and sterile for your safety.
Is the Healeon Medical CENTRIcyte 1000 FDA approved?
The Healeon Medical CENTRIcyte 1000 offers one of few devices to be FDA registered. As such, it utilizes a FDA-compliant process for autologous cell isolation at the point of care.
What happens after you are done isolating the stem cells?
After we isolate your stem cells, your physician reintroduces them into your body with an intravenous mix of saline and stem cells. And if you have elected local application, your physician injects stem cells directly into the areas of concern. Also, we may apply stem cells to the face, neck and scalp for cosmetic purposes at this time.
How long does the entire procedure take?
The entire procedure lasts only a few hours. In fact, most patient procedures take around 3 to 4 hours.
Can I go home afterwards?
Stem cell therapy is considered an outpatient procedure. Thus, our patients can go home immediately following the procedure.
Can I drive myself home?
No. You will need someone to drive you home.
How long is the recovery?
Many patients go back to work on the following day. However, you may be sore for about a week following the procedure. We ask you to refrain from exercise for at least a week.
How long until I will see improvement?
Since individual ailments vary, the outcome of stem cell therapy depends on your body’s unique healing process. However, some patients may experience results immediately or within just days of receiving stem cell therapy. Other patients take months to reach optimal healing. No one can guarantee the outcome for this or any treatment, and results vary. Your physician determines a treatment plan tailored specifically for your condition that gives you the best chance for success. Results can last 5+ years, depending on the ailment and the age/overall health of the patient.
Is the stem cell isolation procedure FDA approved?
Currently the FDA considers all procedures utilizing stem cells to treat specific ailments as experimental. However, more than 3500 clinical studies conduct stem cell research for specific applications. All of them demonstrate significant promise in treating ailments that have otherwise been unresponsive to conventional treatments. We carry out all procedures using FDA-cleared and registered equipment, which all fall within the FDA regulations for transferring tissue.
Do you modify my stem cells?
No. We simply isolate your stem cells from your fat and reintroduce them to your body. We do not manipulate your stem cells or modify them in any way.
Can you guarantee results?
No, we cannot guarantee treatment, and results vary from patient to patient. However, approximately 90% of our patients experience positive results.
Can I save my stem cells for later use?
We can store stem cells legally in the US. However, the issue becomes retrieval of the stem cells for therapeutic use after we store them. However, the FDA considers the process of adding cryo-preservatives into the sample as manipulating the tissue. Hence, we choose to store the fat with no preservatives, which ensures we comply with FDA regulations.