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August 28, 2008

Autologous Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy

Filed under: Uncategorized — stemcelldoc @ 7:40 pm

Human Applications of MSCs

The process begins by isolating a person’s own (Autologous) Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) from a sample of bone marrow drawn from their hip.   The MSCs then divide in a natural growth medium that comes from the same person’s blood platelets.  The result is to take the relatively small number of MSCs found in a sample bone marrow, say 2 million, and expand them to a population of 20 – 50+ million.  With these numbers, substantial tissue growth is made possible.  The MSCs are then injected with a small needle, under live x-ray, into areas of bone, cartilage, and ligament/ tendon damage.

 

     Cartilage can be regrown in generalized arthritis and/or solitary cartilage defects in knees, shoulders, ankles, hips, and fingers.  It can also grow to repair partial meniscus tears. Ligaments and tendon injuries, such as sprains or partial tears of the ACL, PCL and MCL of the knee, the rotator cuff and supporting ligaments of the shoulder, ankle and hand/wrist, as well as plantar fasciitis, golfer’s and tennis elbow, can also be repaired.  Bone can be re-grown in chronic non-healing stress fractures or fractures of larger bones that have not healed in spite of casting or even surgery.  Chrinic conditions such as avascular necrosis have also been successfully treated.  Finally, some painful disc bulges in lumbar spine (low back) can be corrected to relieve back and leg pain.

 People undergoing these treatments are back on their feet the same day.  Those undergoing hip, knee, and ankle injections can begin walking longer distances after the first week.  Their activity levels are gradually increased over the following month, with the expectation that they will be back to their pre injury activity level after three months

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2 Comments »

  1. I have 5 different problems in the lumbar and sacral spine and am afraid of conventional surgery. I am holding out for stemcell treatment to be available in the USA.

    Judith,
    Sorry to hear about your multiple problems in your spine. There are mutliple causes for lumbar and sacral pain that do not require surgery. The critical task is to identify the pain generator. At the Centeno-Schultx Clinic we are committed to identifying that “pain generator” and then focusing our treatment on that area.

    Comment by Judith Wollas — August 29, 2008 @ 12:24 pm

  2. Judith,
    Sorry to hear about your multiple problems in your spine. There are mutliple causes for lumbar and sacral pain that do not require surgery. The critical task is to identify the pain generator. At the Centeno-Schultx Clinic we are committed to identifying that “pain generator” and then focusing our treatment on that area. Spinal surgery is not without complications. Often times, a patient will incur the costs, post-procedural pain and rehabilitation only to discover they still have severe pain.

    Comment by stemcelldoc — August 29, 2008 @ 7:22 pm


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