Scleroderma, also known as systemic sclerosis, is a systemic autoimmune disease characterized by damage to endothelial and smooth muscle cells of the small arteries. Replacement with fibrous material results, and there is an influx of inflammatory cells. The disease primarily affects skin and joints but can affect the heart, lungs, and digestive tract. Some types of scleroderma progress rapidly and are deadly. Scleroderma is often treated with immunosuppressive drugs, and there is no known cure. Some investigators are looking at using the regenerative properties of cell therapy to mitigate the impact of scleroderma. Research is ongoing to evaluate the effects of stem cells on auto-immune conditions. As stated in Best Practices & Research Clinical Rheumatology in a review of scleroderma, “Stem cell transplantation seems to be promising in restarting the immune system to diminish fibrosis and restore microvasculature.”
Scleroderma and Gulf Coast Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center
As a member of the Cell Surgical Network, we use stromal vascular fraction (SVF) deployment protocols that attempt to utilize the immunoregulatory and anti-inflammatory properties of SVF (rich in mesenchymal stem cells and growth factors) to mitigate the effects of scleroderma. SVF is deployed systemically and may require repeat dosing. This is done as an outpatient procedure at the time of SVF harvesting and procurement. The entire cellular surgical procedure takes approximately three hours.
How to Learn More About Treatment
We are happy to provide a consultation to determine whether stem cell therapy is right for you. Because research into the effectiveness of stem cell therapy is ongoing, it is important to continue the medication and treatments recommended by your primary care physician. If you are interested in learning whether you may be a candidate, get started by filling out GCSCRMC Confidential Candidate Application. We will answer all of the questions and concerns you may have about treatment protocols at Gulf Coast Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center and Cell Surgical Network. Learn more on our FAQs page or contact us for a consultation.