If you or someone you love suffers from a chronic medical condition, it’s likely that you try to keep up with the scope of treatments and advancements in medicine. At Gulf Coast Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center, we try to keep abreast of the latest news and studies regarding stem cell therapies, to deliver the best level of service to our patients. We have compiled this information into a series of informative articles to allow our patients to be informed participants in their treatment team, and to give potential patients the information to make a knowledgeable decision regarding their own medical care. With this in mind, we understand that many people have heard something about stem cell therapies, but with the sheer volume of information (and misinformation) out there, it is increasingly difficult to separate fact from fiction. If you still have questions about stem cells and how they can benefit you, you’re not alone. Luckily, we have answers! Based upon the three most frequently searched questions about stem cells on the internet, here is an introduction to SVF Stem Cell Therapy.
So, what exactly is SVF Stem Cell Therapy?
A “stem cell” is any cell within your body that can not only replicate (multiply) but also turn itself into different types of cell. SVF, or Stromal Vascular Fraction, is a combination of stem cells and other regenerative cells as well as growth factors and cytokines that aid in repair and differentiation. If your body needs cartilage to repair or strengthen a joint, a stem cell can become that. Muscle tissue breakdown? Stem cells can do that too. Unlike the controversy-ridden practice of “embryonic stem cells,” the adult stem cells we use in our treatments are ones that already reside in every individual. These stem cells are extracted using a painless, outpatient procedure and once isolated, can differentiate into connective tissue, blood vessels, bone, and nerve tissue. In their “stem” form, these cells have no purpose other than to wait for instructions to differentiate as needed. But when a wound needs healing, or inflammation reduced they leap into action. In fact, you will be surprised to learn how many different conditions and diseases can be treated using just one type of tissue, namely your unused adipose (fat) tissue. As it turns out, fat is loaded with these valuable regenerative entities found in the SVF- stem cells. Because the majority of patients in the United States have an adequate stem cell count, the stem cells recovered can be used right away without the need of culturing, which is the rule with the other types of stem cell. While making the procedure more convenient for the patient, this also ensures that the cells have no chance of rejection because the cells are purely the product of the patient’s own body.
What conditions are commonly treated with Stem Cell Therapy?
There is a multitude of different conditions and diseases that are currently treated in the United States and abroad, and many of these are treatable right here in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. But to physicians and researchers, the most exciting thing about the developments within regenerative medicine is that it is constantly growing and changing. Not unlike the stem cells themselves, the utilization of stem cells to treat disease is constantly evolving to meet new challenges. By the time you read this, the list of conditions treated with SVF stem cells will have grown even more. Treatments currently in practice include, but are not limited to: arthritis and other degenerative joint and connective tissue disorders (including rheumatoid arthritis which previously was an irreversible condition), autoimmune diseases, pain management including joint and back pain/injury, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), diabetes, kidney conditions, Multiple Sclerosis, neuropathy, Parkinson’s, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, dys-autonomia and spinal cord injuries.
If you see any conditions on this list that you recognize, then you’re not alone. These also represent a few of the most commonly experienced medical conditions in the U.S. It’s likely that you or someone you know currently suffers from at least one of these. What is most exciting, however, is that many of the conditions on this list were previously considered irreversible and beyond remedy. For example, the eventual outcome for arthritis sufferers was expensive, troublesome medicine to mask the symptoms, invasive surgery to replace the damaged joint, and eventual immobilization as the conditions progressed. With the advent of stem cell therapy, the joint tissues and surrounding connective tissues damage may be reversed. Stem cells react to the presence of damaged tissue by differentiating into the type of tissue required and actively restoring the tissue to its former functionality. We’re not saying that stem cells are the Spring of Youth, but we aren’t saying they aren’t either!
Who makes a good candidate for Stem Cell Therapy?
As a research facility and integrated point-of-care facility, we treat a select number of medical conditions at a time. The first and foremost criteria for a good candidate is someone who is suffering from a condition we currently treat. By checking the up-to-date list on our website and filling out a candidate form. Although in the case of some exceptional conditions which require a patient to be treated in a hospital setting, we ask that any patient be sufficiently medically stable for an outpatient procedure. Although cases are rare, some patients may be declined due to the severity of their particular condition(s). With that in mind, unlike surgical procedures that can be invasive and dangerous and therefore inappropriate for older patients, patients with co-occurring or co-morbid conditions, or patients with autoimmune disorders, SVF stem cell therapies are safe and appropriate for the majority of patients.
While this is just the three most searched questions, albeit proficiently answered, the truth is that there is so much more to learn about stem cells and their role in regenerative medicine. On our website is a much more extensive listing of questions and answers covering the entire treatment process. There are also a series of blogs each covering a specific condition in more detail.
As a proud member of the Cell Surgical Network, we conduct patient-funded research in an effort to create additional evidence of the efficacy of Stem Cell therapies to treat a variety of conditions. The main point is that this prolific treatment option is available, and it is definitely capable of helping a wide variety of people in their daily struggle with their health conditions. Chances are that you or someone you know could directly benefit from this treatment, and the good news is that we at Gulf Coast Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center are here in the beautiful Gulf Coast area of Mississippi ready to help! Please feel free to contact us so that we can discuss your individual conditions and needs, as well as suitability for treatment.
Contact Gulf Coast Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center and let us show you what “Excellence with a Human Touch” means. For more information, visit our facility located at 1153 Ocean Springs Rd., Ocean Springs, MS. 39564, please call (866) 885-4823 or visit our website.