Stem Cell Therapy
in Jacksonville, Florida
Learn about "your" adult stem cells and how they can be used as a therapy for a variety of ailments, injuries and to enhance plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments.
What Exactly is a Stem Cell?
With respect to stem cell therapy, it is helpful to first understand what stem cells are and the purpose they serve within our body. A stem cell in general terms is any cell that can both replicate and differentiate. This means that a stem cell by definition can not only multiply, it can also turn into different types of tissues. And while there are different types of adult stem cells in our body, “Mesenchymal” Adult Stem Cells are the type of stem cells that our physicians are using to enhance plastic surgery procedures, and in therapy for joint conditions and injuries, as well as therapies for certain conditions and diseases as an alternative to invasive surgical procedures such as hip and knee replacement or fusing spinal Vertebrae.
Mesenchymal Stem Cells are found in blood, bone marrow, and body fat; the “mesodermal” areas of our body. Most stem cell therapy centers around the world collect mesenchymal stem cells from bone marrow. However, the advanced systems we use at Pangenics Regenerative Center here in Jacksonville allow our stem cell surgeons to collect large quantities of mesenchymal stem cells from a patient's own unwanted body fat; “adipose”, (or fat derived) stem cells. Adult mesenchymal stem cells collected from a patient’s own body fat can be safely harvested under local anesthesia and are very abundant. Fat derived mesenchymal stem cells are often 2500 times the quantities over those derived from bone marrow. And our research shows this to be very important, as stem cell therapy success and favorable outcomes appear to be directly related to the quantity of adult stem cells applied in the respective therapy.
Remembering that Stem Cells have the ability to regenerate and differentiate, mesenchymal stem cells have the ability to help form new mesenchymal stem cells such as those that make up cartilage, bone, ligaments, tendons, nerves, fat, muscle, blood vessels and even certain internal organs.
The Mesenchymal Stem Cells’ apparent ability to form cartilage and bone make stem cell therapy, (while still in the research stages) a very attractive alternative as a therapy for degenerative orthopedic conditions and the possibility of joint replacement. Mesenchymal Stem Cells’ ability to form new fat cells can enhance a variety of cosmetic surgical procedures, and their ability to form new blood vessels and smooth muscle makes them potentially useful therapy for Peyronies disease, impotence and certain forms of erectile dysfunction as well as enhancing the results of plastic surgery procedures and cosmetic treatments. These are but a few of the conditions we are studying here in Jacksonville at Pangenics Regenerative Center.
Under our national IRB we have collected anecdotal and experimental evidence that stem cell therapy is effective in healing and in regeneration in general. Stem cells are much like our body’s own internal maintenance department. Stem cells actually respond to the distress calls from damaged cells within our body, and replace and regenerate the damaged tissue. Stem cell therapy simply expedites this naturally occurring function of our body by helping 1000’s more stem cells rapidly reach the damaged tissue and begin their work.
About Stem Cell Therapy
Your Initial Consultation
At your consultation, you will meet personally with one of our stem cell physicians who will discuss the details of your condition or injury. The doctor will answer any questions you may have about stem cell therapy, determine if you are likely to benefit from stem cell therapy, and what results you should expect should you decide to receive stem cell therapy. If you are a candidate for stem cell therapy, a date will be scheduled for your therapy.
The Day of Your Stem Cell Therapy
From a patient’s point of view, stem cell therapy is painless and performed under local anesthesia. First, a small amount of your unwanted body fat is collected with micro-liposuction. Then you relax while our stem cell surgical team prepares SVF, “Stromal Vascular Fraction”. SVF is 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 therapy process and promote their activity. This process of harvesting adult stem cells from body fat allows for the collection of 2500 times more than can be collected from bone marrow.
The final step of the procedure involves deployment of the SVF. Deployment is based on your therapy and may be performed via injection through veins, arteries or into spinal fluid. SVF may also be injected subcutaneously, (the layer of skin directly below the surface of your skin), or directly into joints or organs. Each of these are considered minimally invasive and again, any pain is mitigated by local anesthesia.
Recovering From Stem Cell Therapy
Typically, recovering from stem cell therapy amounts to little more than waiting for the local anesthesia to wear off. Your doctor will again speak with you about what to expect as far as results and ask that you be disciplined about follow up visits as all stem cell therapies and results must be documented and shared through the IRB’s database with other participating research centers.
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