What Are Stem Cells?
A “Stem Cell” is a cell that resides in your body within different tissues such as bone-marrow and body fat. A stem cell is capable of reproducing, differentiating; producing more stem cells, and becoming different types of tissues. As such they can enhance our body’s own ability to heal from certain medical conditions and ailments.
Can Stem Cells Help Me?
Stem Cell Treatment is currently in the clinical trial stage of being approved as a form of treatment. This means that we are treating certain conditions and ailments with the patient’s own stem cells, and carefully documenting the results of treatment. An evaluation of your condition will allow us to determine if you are a potential candidate for treatment.
Can Stem Cells Be Used In Plastic Surgery?
Stem cells have been used in breast reconstruction, facial reconstruction – cheek bone, chin and nose. Stem Cells are also being used to enhance the results of plastic surgery procedures such as facelifts, breast augmentation, body sculpting and as large volume fillers.
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Stem Cell Surgical Network of Florida
The Cell Surgical Network of Florida (CSN Florida), is an advanced Stem Cell Surgical Center and Stem Cell Research Facility located in Jacksonville, Florida. With more than three decades of plastic surgery experience in the area of cellular therapies and adult fat, Dr. Lewis J. Obi spearheads the advanced stem cell research being conducted here at CSN Florida. The Cell Surgical Network of Florida is a research affiliate of the Cell Surgical Network founded by Dr. Elliot Lander and Dr. Mark Berman at the Cell Surgical Network in Los Angeles.
At our stem cell surgical center, we use adipose (fat) derived mesenchymal stem cells for deployment and clinical research. Early stem cell research was traditionally associated with the controversial use of embryonic stem cells. This new focus is on nonembryonic adult mesenchymal stem cells, which are found in a person’s own blood, bone marrow and fat. Most stem cell treatment centers in the world are currently using stem cells derived from bone marrow. But recent technological advances have enabled us to use adipose (body fat) derived stem cells. Autologous stem cells from a person’s own fat are easy to harvest safely under local anesthesia and are abundant in quantities up to 2500 times over quantities found in bone marrow. Although Dr. Obi has decades of experience with fat grafts, recent technological advancements now allow us to convert processed fat into a clear infra-natant pellet with millions of stem cells. This giant leap forward allows our stem cell surgical center to provide our patients with more predictable results in both cosmetic surgery and regenerative surgery procedures.
The Stem Cell Surgery Center at CSN Florida
The Cell Surgical Network of Florida
The Cell Surgical Network was founded by Dr. Elliot Lander and Dr. Mark Berman in 2010 as the California Stem Cell Treatment Center in Los Angeles. It has grown to 42 members nationally with an established IRB (Investigational Review Board). Dr. Lewis J. Obi became the first plastic surgeon affiliate more than a year ago and has contributed to the CSN National Network with lectures and a book publication. All of our affiliates are devoted to advancing access and quality care in the area of adult stem cell regenerative medicine. Our primary focus is to help people suffering from a variety of inflammatory and degenerative conditions. This patient/physician funded study has treated almost 4000 patients to date and with no serious complications. The IRB protocol is designed to study both the efficiency and safety of our stem cell surgical team of multidisciplinary physicians, unimpeded by commercial, insurance and governmental interests. The Cell Surgical Network is therefore highly committed to clinical research and the advancement of regenerative medicine. As a board certified plastic surgeon, the benefits to our cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery patients have surpassed Dr. Obi’s greatest expectations.
Currently, all affiliate members use the same sterile closed surgical procedure to process fat using a mini-liposuction procedure in order to isolate (collect) and implant a patient’s own source of regenerative stem cells on the same day. The source of the regenerative stem cells actually comes from stromal vascular fraction (SVF) – a protein rich segment from processed adipose tissue. Stromal vascular fraction contains a mononuclear cell line (predominantly autologous mesenchymal stem cells), macrophage cells, endothelial cells, red blood cells, and important growth factors that facilitate the stem cell process and promote their activity. Our technology allows us to isolate high numbers of viable stem cells that we then deploy during the same surgical setting. While vigilant about patient safety, we are also learning about which diseases respond best and which deployment methods are most effective. CSN employs a clinical research coordinator and an online database to collect valuable data from throughout the network of affiliates. Affiliates have the opportunity to share not only their data, but their experiences thus helping each other to higher levels of understanding and care.
Meet Our Doctors
Stem Cell Surgery
Dr. Lewis J. Obi
30 Years of experience
Medical Director | Stem Cell Surgeon. Dr. Obi is one of the nation’s authorities on Stem Cell Surgery.
Dr. R. David Heekin
20 Years of experience
Dr. Heekin is one of Jacksonville’s leading Orthopedic Surgeons.
Joint Pain Treatment
Dr. Orlando G. Florete, Jr.
22 Years of experience
Dr. Florete is the Medical Director of the Institute of Pain Management.
Urology | Erectile Dysfunction
Dr. C. Mark Horma
31 Years of experience
Dr. Horma is the Chief of Urology and Chairman of the Credentials Committee at St. Luke’s Hospital.