People looking into stem cell therapy have a lot of questions, and we want to make sure they get accurate answers. One of the exciting things about stem cells is that the science of stem cells is still growing in its understanding of the potential for this emerging technology. It is trying to catch up with the clinical outcomes that have left many speechless. Researchers are looking into different kinds of stem cells and different methods for preparing, expanding, and delivering them. At Gulf Coast Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center, we choose to focus our treatment protocols on stem cells found in the stromal vascular fraction (SVF) collected from each patient’s own fatty tissue.
What is a Stem Cell?
Stem cells are special cells that have the potential to become different kinds of cells, depending on where they find themselves and what and where is the damage or disease in the body. There are different kinds of stem cells found in different parts of the body, including bone marrow, adipose tissue, and even skin. Many kinds of stem cells are multipotent rather than pluripotent, meaning that they can only become a few different kinds of cells, rather than just any kind.
Where is the Proof?
Stem cell treatment still depends upon relatively new technology, and researchers are continuously discovering new applications. Induced pluripotent stem cells, for example, are multipotent cells that are cultured in a dish under certain conditions to unlock their pluripotent potential. Gulf Coast Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center is proud to participate in ongoing research to learn which applications of adipose-derived stem cells are most effective for which types and subtypes of disease. We want to make this exciting treatment available for patients and families, who cannot afford to wait the many years that it may take, before stem cell therapy to become more universally available. Hopefully, we should be able to be more precise on our prediction of benefit.
What is so Exciting About Stem Cells?
In 2015, researchers at the Wake Forest School of Medicine made a breakthrough that used induced pluripotent stem cells and 3D printer technology to print a heart that beats when stimulated electrically. While it is important to emphasize that we do not use induced pluripotent stem cells at Gulf Coast Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center, the latest achievements in stem cell research give an idea of where the field may be headed in the future. The use of stem cells in fabricating bladders and other organs confirms that these cells have more than just a theoretical potential to adapt for different bodily systems. Indeed, it is already a reality that tracheas with cancer have been excised and replaced with biocompatible scaffolding covered with the patient’s own stem cells. Our adipose-derived stem cells are available through a same-day outpatient procedure, unlike many of the research programs in the headlines, that may use, for example, skin cells cultured in a laboratory for induced pluripotency, which may take weeks.
What are the Risks?
We use a patient’s own stem cells, which have been extracted the same day as they are deployed. Because they have been taken from your own body, there is very little risk of rejection, especially when compared to manufactured chemicals or programs that use stem cells from other donors. Acquiring stem cells with liposuction also brings fewer complications than harvesting from one’s bone marrow. Dr. Hazem Barmada will be happy to speak with you on the telephone, or meet with you to talk about what to expect from the recovery process and whether you would be a good candidate for stem cell therapy.
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