HOW LONG DOES THE PROCEDURE TAKE?
When receiving Stem Cell therapy, patients are treated with their own stem cells on the same day and within the same facility. No unnecessary transportation or expensive hospital stays are required.
WHEN REFFERING TO REGENERATIVE MEDICINE, WHAT DOES IT ENTAIL?
Regenerative medicine practices include any and all treatment protocols which Doctors prescribe that hinder disease progression and help the body repair itself. Such treatment protocols might involve medicines and hormones, or more advanced procedures such as PRP and Stem Cell therapies. Stem cell therapy is regarded as a more effective tool in treating many degenerative conditions and to activate tissue repair and regeneration.
DO YOU USE EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS?
Only adult mesenchymal stem cells are used as therapeutic tool. Apart from the current legislation, there are various factors that prohibit the use of embryonic stem cells in therapy. These involve ethical considerations as well as the associated tumor formation and tissue rejection observed with embryonic stem Cells. Mesenchymal stem cells are not associated with any of these complications.
WHICH CONDITIONS CAN BE TREATED THROUGH STEM CELL THERAPY?
As stem cells are able to migrate to the site of damage or degeneration, the exact mechanism of injury is often irrelevant. The only limitations on the diseases and conditions that can be treated through stem cell therapy depend on the differentiation potential of the stem cells. The clinicians’ consultation preceding the stem cell procedure is essential in determining whether or not a specific case is suited for cell-based therapy. The doctor will also determine if the patient healthy enough to undergo the treatment.
WHY STEM CELL THERAPY?
Patients often contact our facility for various reasons. In most cases patients are interested in non-invasive alternatives to surgery. Others have heard of the profound effects of stem cells through testimonials, research and news. At ReGenesis we aim to is to keep individuals informed so that they are able to decide whether or not stem cell treatment is suitable for them.
HOW ARE THE STEM CELLS HARVESTED?
The stem cells are isolated from a patients fat tissue which is drawn out using a lipoharvesting technique which is minimally invasive. Fat is extracted through a canulla and then transported to our onsite Cell Biology lab for processing. The entire harvesting procedure takes approximately 30–60 minutes and is performed under local anesthesia. Less Post-operative discomfort and activity restriction is also minimal with little to no risks of complications.
WHY USE FAT TISSUE AS A SOURCE OF STEM CELLS?
Adipose tissue has been shown to contain far more stem cells that bone marrow samples. Bone marrow sample collection is a more invasive procedure and only yields about 50,000 mesenchymal stem cells. In contrast, when isolating stem cells from fat tissue, cell counts always exceed 10 million.
HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN STERILITY THROUGHOUT THE PROCEDURE?
We adhere to strict sterile techniques throughout all handling of the sample. The laboratory is also located onsite which limits exposure of the tissue sample to possible external contaminants.
CAN STEM CELLS BE USED TO TREAT CANCER?
Currently stem cell therapy is not used for cancer treatment although ongoing research shows promising results. Patients do sometimes receive “stem cell transplants” as treatment when required to re-populate blood cell populations and bone marrow. This however is a very specific treatment regime and very different to the stem cell therapy offered for degenerative diseases.
CAN STEM CELLS CAUSE CANCER?
Mesenchymal stem cells are not known to possess carcinogenic properties. Embryonic stem cells are associated with cancer formation. These observed tumors are called teratomas occur when embryonic stem cells are used during research.
ARE STEM CELLS SAFE TO USE IN PATIENTS THAT HAVE (OR HAVE HAD) CANCER?
Stem cell therapy is considered safe for patients with dormant cancers and there is no reason for withholding therapy. In most cases however, stem cells should not be used in patients with active cancer.
COULD STEM CELL THERAPY BE HARMFUL HUMANS OR ANIMALS?
No reports in literature have involved cases serious harm due to the use or administration of mesenchymal stem cells. Additionally, we have not encountered any complications following our stem cell procedures.
HOW ARE THE CELLS ADMINISTERED TO THE PATIENT?
Stem cells are administered through a variety of different methods. Upon the initial consultation, the doctor will decide on a suitable treatment protocol. Common methods include intravenous readministration or intra-articular (within joints). All methods are considered minimally invasive.
CAN I BE EXPECTED TO IMPROVE AFTER STEM CELL TREATMENT?
Although stem cell therapy has had a profound effect on the lives of many patients, it is important to note that everyone is different and might not react the same. We believe in the regenerative capabilities of stem cells and their innate healing properties. Because it is a natural process, results might not be evident until months after the procedure was performed. We are committed to supporting and informing our patients and will be part of the process regardless. Patients are therefore advised to allow a 4 to 12 week period before any final conclusions are made. Thus far our patient success rate has been exceptional and improvements are often reported within the first 4 weeks!
CAN ANYONE RECEIVE STEM CELL THERAPY?
All patients are required to undergo a full medical screening during which all patient history, general health and wellbeing, and the severity of the current condition is evaluated. This is done to ensure that the patient is medically suitable to undergo the harvesting procedure within our facility. In some cases where the conditions are too severe, patients may be declined All patients with uncontrolled cancer are excluded.