Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cells:
What are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are found in people of all ages. They lie latent in your body until they receive signals that the body has suffered an injury and then they follow your platelets to the injured site. Acting as master cells, stem cells have the ability to form into any type of cell in our body and are tasked to heal injured ligaments, tendons, tissues and bones. Depending on the different tissues that are damaged, stem cells can turn into whatever your joint needs which can quite often be a combination of cartilage, ligament, tendon, bone or muscle.
Unfortunately, after an injury, or as a natural result of aging, the amount of stem cells needed in certain areas of the body declines.
Regenerative Cell Therapy solves this problem by delivering a high concentration of cells into the injured area promoting natural healing.
This is an injectable regenerative tissue matrix solution which consists of an injection directly into the painful area that often times leaves the patient feeling relief after only ONE treatment.
How does it Work?
Regenerative Cell Matrix Solution: Five essential properties for healing and restoring joint health:
Atlas Medical Center offers a cryopreserved regenerative cell matrix solution in an injectable form.
- A high concentration of regenerative cells that help heal, repair, restore and regenerate.
- Hyaluronic Acid, carbohydrates and other enzymes for joint lubrication and movement
- A very high number of anti-inflammatory cytokines to help relieve pain and inflammation
- Cellular growth factors essential for building new joint tissue
- Extracellular Matrix along with other proteins provide a natural scaffold to help facilitate cellular migration and proliferation. There is an abundant source of collagen that provides an extracellular matrix to act as a natural scaffold for cellular attachment in the body. Collagen provides a structural tissue matrix that facilitates, among other things, cell migration and proliferation in living tissue.
The end result is diminished inflammation, diminished pain, and increased soft tissue repair and reconstruction.
Conditions Treated with Regenerative Cell Therapy:
- 1. Chronic Joint Pain due to Degeneration (Arthritis): Knee, Hip, Shoulder, Elbow, Ankle or Other small, medium or large joints.
- Soft tissue injuries: Meniscus tears, Rotator Cuff tears, Plantar Fasciitis, Labrum tears or other ligament/tendon/muscle injuries
How are Regenerative Cells collected?
The regenerative cells are obtained and collected from consenting mothers who have donated their placental tissue after delivering a live, healthy child by elective C-section birth. The donors have been thoroughly screened, and the tissue donation has been tested and screened for a full multitude of diseases per FDA guidelines; before and after the final product, and again before it gets sent out for use. Our procedures follow FDA Guidelines 21CFR Part 1271 and the American Association of Tissue Banks rules and guidelines. There is NO fetal or embryonic tissue in the cell therapy; therefore, there is no legal or moral issue with this treatment.
How long does the procedure take? Is there any downtime?
The procedure is an injection that takes 15 minutes. The cell therapy injection is performed right in our office with musculoskeletal ultrasound guidance (real time x-ray: this eliminates all of the guesswork), and provides pain relief without the risks of surgery, general anesthesia, hospital stays or prolonged recovery.
There is zero recovery time after an injection.
You may not take any anti-inflammatories such as Alleve or Advil, Meloxicam, Cortisone or Prednisone for thirty days post injection.
Is it safe?
It is considered very safe and effective. The cells are immune privileged meaning they have not shown any immune reaction or injection reaction when injected into the patient. The injections have been used over 60,000 times in the United States with no reported adverse side effects and have a 100% safety record in Europe with 100,000’s of patients. In addition, the FDA considers Regenerative Cell Therapy/placental cell therapy a biologic allograft and has very stringent standards and regulations. The donated tissue is not only screened and tested before processing, but also upon final product and again prior to it getting delivered for use. Our tissue suppliers are registered with the FDA and accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks. Our procedures follow FDA Guidelines 21CFR Part 1271 and the American Association of Tissue Banks rules and guidelines.
For clarification, this type of cell therapy does not come from an embryo or fetal tissue. Regenerative Cell Therapy Allograft Therapy raises no ethical or moral questions. Regenerative Cell Therapy Fluid and the Placenta are normally disposed of after birth, so using it does not affect the embryo in any way.
What are the Benefits?
- Supports Soft Tissue Repair
- Promotes Soft Tissue Regeneration/Reconstruction
- Reduces Pain and Inflammation
- Non-Surgical, No Downtime
- One Injection (with Ultrasound Guidance)
- Immune Privileged
- Unsurpassed Safety and Quality
- No Moral or Ethical Issues
- Tissue Bank Suppliers are FDA and accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks