Stem Cell Therapy Process
Autologous Adipose Enriched Stem Cells can help reverse and repair some of the world's most common medical diseases. Dr. Guyer has used this process to help patients suffering from medical conditions such as osteoarthritis, pulmonary disease, and autoimmune disorders. This method can also be used to perform some cosmetic procedures. The steps to the procedure are described below.
Step 1 - Harvest
The treatment begins with a local anesthetic that is infused into the abdominal area. Dr. Guyer, who is trained in liposuction techniques, will then perform a mini liposuction procedure. The amount of fat needed depends on the type of procedure being performed, but in most cases only 200cc of fat is required. Typically, fat is harvested from both sides of the abdomen to ensure proper distribution. The Fat Harvesting process takes roughly 30 minutes.
Step 2 - Separation
The harvested fat is processed by technicians who have been trained by clinical personnel from the manufacturer. The harvested fat is then spun using a patented centrifuge. After being spun, the fat is concentrated at the top of the test tube and millions of stem cells are isolated on the bottom. The technician then carefully extracts only the stem cells from the test tube using a closed system transfer to eliminate any outside environmental contamination. The stem cells are now ready to be enriched and transfused. The Separation process takes roughly 50 minutes.
Step 3 - Enrich
A phlebotomist will take 10cc of blood from the patient to begin the process. The blood is spun in a centrifuge which separates blood components and isolates a concentration of platelets which contain growth factors. This is referred to as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). The platelets are then added to the stem cells. This process takes about 15 minutes.
Step 4 - Treat
The enriched stem cells are now ready to be administered. Depending on which condition is being treated, the stem cells are introduced 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 searching for the most refined method to successfully use soft tissue transfer for her patients. With the combination of stem cells to enhance the graft take; Dr. Guyer has perfected the re-injection technique to maximize the fat retention, for longer lasting, fuller results.
- Fat Transfer
- Hair Loss
Stem Cell Therapy and Autoimmune Diseases
Autoimmune diseases are conditions in which the patient’s immune system generates cellular and antibody responses to substances and tissues normally present in the body.
Typically, autoimmune conditions are treated with immune-suppressive agents such as steroids and other pharmaceutical agents. Despite inducing temporary 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 are giving new hope to people affected by these diseases. With stem cell therapy we are able to regenerate some of these tissues to mitigate the symptoms for a long-term relief. These procedures may help patients who don’t respond to typical drug treatment.
- 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. The use of stem cells for neurodegenerative diseases has been widely studied and become of high interest due to the results demonstrated. Clinical applications of stem cells for Alzheimer disease, Parkinson disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and multiple sclerosis will increase in the coming years as the application of stem cells becomes more and more promising.
- Parkinson's Disease
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Stroke Damage
- Brain Injury
- Multiple Sclerosis
Stem Cell Therapy and Anti-Aging and Wellness
Not only does stem cell therapy help treat chronic diseases, it is also very beneficial in improving the overall health and well-being of a person.
With the help of the latest in technological advancements, regenerative medicine can now help you to effectively manage the aging process through PRP Therapy and stem cell treatment for anti-aging.
Our closed process helps supply your body with more concentrated levels of stem cells which can help naturally treat the areas of distress, effectively slow down the aging process.
Therapeutic levels of stem cells have proven to help enhance your mood, energy levels, sexual health, cardiovascular system, immune system and memory. Stem cells can help you get rid of nagging injuries and pains by helping your body heal naturally without the need for surgery or any invasive procedures. For most, they notice the treatment working with significantly less joint and body aches. Unlike before the stem cell treatment for Anti-Aging, where they would easily get tired, cell therapy can revive your vitality, rejuvenate your mind and body. Apart from the improvements in bodily functions, cell therapies can also give you instant aesthetic improvements. The skin usually becomes more elastic and supple and fewer wrinkles can also be achieved.
- Chronic Fatigue
- Skin Rejuvenation
- Sexual Dysfunction & Incontinence
Stem Cell Therapy and Orthopedics
A new era of orthopedic therapies encompass techniques and principles using cellular and molecular based strategies. One direction utilizing these strategies is the use of self-derived, autologous cell composites. Clinical data suggests that use of these composites provides numerous capabilities related to tissue regeneration. The range of therapeutic applications is vast with the ability of regenerative cells to repair and regenerate many types of tissues. Some of the orthopedic indications that have shown significant response are:
- 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 & pulmonologists have initiated research and the employment of new principles of cell and molecular therapies to treat their patients. They are most interested in the therapeutic applications of regenerative cells to repair and regenerate damaged tissues.
Current research suggests these new, progressive non-surgical techniques, to potentially repair tissue holds significant promise in the practice of cardiology.
The human cell contains bioactive proteins that have the capability to stimulate soft tissue healing and are capable of promoting the development, and possible, repair of blood vessels, promote growth of new epithelial tissue and can stimulate healing to enhance the physiological process at the site of the injury.
- Myocardial Infarction
- Heart Failure
- Acute Heart Damage
- Chronic Coronary Artery Disease
Our Autologous Stem Cell Therapy is not an FDA approved treatment for any condition. These procedures are still considered experimental in the eyes of the FDA. 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.
What are stem cells?
Stem cells are unspecialized cells that maintain and repair tissues. Stem cells are unique in that they have the potential to develop into many different types of cells. In regeneration, stem cells may seek out areas that need repair or restoration. Our body’s natural healing process is fairly efficient, but modern science can accelerate the process.
Where do stem cells come from?
There are primarily two types of stem cells used for treatments: embryonic and adult stem cells. Embryonic stem cells are derived from embryos. Adult stem cells can be derived from a patient’s own body. Adult stem cells exist throughout the body, however the most abundant (and accessible) source is abdominal fat.
What is Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cell therapy is the process of isolating adult stem cells from abdominal fat and reintroducing them into the body where they can do the most good. The process begins with extracting a few ounces of fat from the patient in a “mini” liposuction procedure. Once the fat is removed, the stem cells are isolated utilizing the state-of-the-art Healeon Medical CENTRIcyte 1000 Centrifuge. Once isolated, the stem cells are then re-introduced to the body by IV and/or by injection for more localized treatments. Local treatments can help with knee, shoulder and other joint pain. Stem cells can also be applied to the face, neck and scalp using a micro-needle system to give you a more healthy and youthful look. The treatments are outpatient procedures conducted in a sterile environment in your doctor’s office utilizing state-of-the-art equipment. Under sedation and local anesthesia, the process is relatively painless and safe with minimal downtime.
What kind of ailments can stem cell therapy help?
Stem cell therapy may improve a variety of conditions. Our patients have shown significant improvement in:
- Blood pressure
- Crohn’s Disease
- Joint pain
- Macular degeneration
Stem cell therapy patients have also reported higher energy levels, better sleep and overall improved quality of life. No treatment can be guaranteed, and outcomes will vary from patient to patient. Your doctor will conduct an individual assessment to determine the best course of action.
How long does the liposuction take?
The “mini” liposuction only takes about 20 minutes. Once the fat has been extracted, the patient can relax or sleep while the stem cells are isolated.
Am I going have scars?
You may have small “punch” marks that look similar to small moles. Following the procedure careful care will help minimize the scar tissue. What happens after the liposuction? Following your liposuction, the medical staff will isolate your stem cells while you wait. Most patients will sleep during this time.
How does the stem cell isolation process work?
Utilizing the CENTRIcyte 1000 Centrifuge, the medical staff will perform four separate steps to isolate your stem cells. The process is completely closed and sterile for your safety.
Is the Healeon Medical CENTRIcyte 1000 FDA approved?
The Healeon Medical CENTRIcyte 1000 is one of few devices to be FDA registered and utilizes a FDA compliant process for autologous cell isolation at the point of care.
What happens after you are done isolating the stem cells?
Once your stem cells have been isolated, your physician will reintroduce them into your body with an intravenous mix of saline and stem cells. If you have elected local application, you physician will inject stem cells directly into the areas of concern. Application to the face, neck and scalp for cosmetic purposes may also occur at this time.
How long does the entire procedure take?
Most patient procedures will be complete within 3 to 4 hours.
Can I go home afterwards?
Stem cell therapy is an outpatient procedure. Patients will be able to go home immediately following completion of the procedure.
Can I drive myself home?
No, you will need someone to drive you home.
How long is the recovery?
Many patients are able to 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 does it take to see improvement?
Individual ailments vary and the outcome of Stem Cell therapy depends on your body’s unique healing process. Some patient may experience results immediately or within just days of receiving Stem cell therapy. Other patients have taken months to reach optimal resolution of their ailment. No one can guarantee the outcome for this or any treatment. Each patient is different and results will vary. Your physician will determine a treatment plan tailored specifically for your condition that gives you the best chance for success.
How long with the benefit last?
Results will vary from patient to patient depending on the ailment and the natural variation in isolated cells. Results have been shown to last 5+ years depending on the ailment and the age/overall health of the patient.
Is the stem cell isolation procedure FDA approved?
Currently all procedures utilizing stem cells to treat specific ailments are considered experimental. However there are more than 3500 clinical studies being conducted for specific applications and all have demonstrated significant promise in ailments that have otherwise been unresponsive to conventional treatments. The procedures are carried out utilizing FDA cleared and registered equipment and all fall within the FDA regulations for transferring tissue.
Do you modify my stem cells?
No. Your stem cells are simply isolated from your fat and reintroduced to your body. Your stem cells are not manipulated or modified in any way.
Can you guarantee results?
No treatment can be guaranteed. Results vary from patient to patient. However, approximately 90% of our patients have experienced positive results.
Can I save my stem cells for later use?
Stem cells can be stored in the US. However, the issue is being able to retrieve them for therapeutic use after they’ve been stored. The cryo-preservatives that are added into the sample can been seen as manipulating the tissue. This is why we choose to store the fat as no preservatives are added which ensures we comply with FDA regulations.