Hundreds of physicians in the US have been offering “stem cell therapy” and making claims for treating medical conditions without evidence that it works or is safe. They have been processing in their offices without sterility testing, safety testing, or compliance with FDA regulations. The FDA is now enforcing regulations to improve the safety and effectiveness of stem cell therapy.
I provide stem cell therapy to my patients by using autologous bone marrow concentrate, autologous micro processed adipose tissue or autologous blood based proteins in IRB approved clinical trials, complying with FDA regulations, in order to provide the best possible safety and outcomes to my patients.
We have documented safety and efficacy of our office care in two major scientific outcome publications and a third manuscript is being developed. In the latter, we will report our success with subchondroplasty in our treatment algorhythm for assisting patients with grades 2 and 3 knee osteoarthritis in postponing or possibly avoiding a Total Knee Replacement. The publications are available to interested patients at the time of their consultation or by e-mail or telephone request.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are adipose-derived stem cells?
The cells produced from the processing of adipose (fat) are commonly referred to as Stromal Vascular Fraction (SVF) cells. While micro-fractured fat does not result in SVF, it does contain growth factors and multiple cell types, including mesenchymal stem cells which have been shown to be useful in:
- Reduction of pain
- Improved range of motion
- Improved activity level
- Improved quality of life
- Reduction in use of pain medications
- Micro-fractured fat also allows me to treat more than one joint during a procedure
How do bone marrow stem cells compare with stem cells from fat?
- Fat contains 100 to 500 times more mesenchymal stem cells than bone marrow
- Fat is plentiful and easy to harvest
- Bone marrow gets depleted of stem cells as you age and fat retains its stem cells longer; that is why our particular interest in Micro-fractured fat.
Am I too old for stem cell therapy?
Each clinical intervention has an age limit. Our current care limit in general is 85 years of age but that is a generalized guideline. An individual evaluation of each patient for risk versus benefit may increase the age limit.
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