Your first stem cells are formed at conception. They are called totipotent because they give rise to all the cells in the body including the placenta and amniotic sac. In the embryonic and fetal stages, we have pluripotent stem cells that give rise to all the cells of the body. As we mature so do the stem cells, and they lose the potential to develop into as broad a range of cell types. As adults, many of our stem cells are multipotent. These cells are limited in the types of cells into which they can develop. The multipotent stem cells responsible for repair and maintenance of the musculoskeletal system are known as mesenchymal stem cells; however, they are only one of the cell types vitally important in the healing process. These multipotent stem cells can divide into a variety of important cells including cartilage, ligaments, tendons, bone, muscle and fat. A robust reservoir for these cells is the bone marrow. The entire entourage of bone marrow stem cells is critical to the symphony of healing that occurs with cellular therapies.
Dr. Lee first harvests and isolates these cells. Then they are injected along with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) into, for example, the knee for a meniscus or cartilage disorder. With cellular division they reproduce themselves and produce meniscus or cartilage generating cells (chondroblasts). The chondroblasts facilitate repair and regeneration in someone with, for example, osteoarthritis or other acute or chronic knee abnormality. The other component of healing provided by these fresh, live cells is their robust chemical signaling, which recruits resident cells to actively participate in the healing process.
Platelet Rich Plasma is a portion of a patient’s own plasma after removing the red blood cells which has a concentrated level of platelets. These platelets promote healing by releasing an abundance of growth factors to stimulate healing by stem cells in injuries of tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints. Several clinical studies have proven that even stand alone PRP injections into, but not limited to the elbow, wrist, shoulder, hip, knee and ankle will improve function and mobility as well as decrease pain.
In cases where stem cell therapy is the best option, Dr. Lee may begin the procedure with mild sedation. The bone marrow aspiration is performed using local anesthesia. The stem cells are then isolated in the lab and removed from the collected sample. The processing takes about two and a half hours for the isolation, compared to 20 minutes in a bedside centrifuge that some doc’s call a “stem cell treatment”. These bedside concentration procedures do not meet standards and can not be counted due to cellular debri and trash. Dr. Lee will give you a print out of your stem cell yield, which is your dose of stem cells. 400 million is the minimal accepted dose, however, we typically obtain many more than the minimum due to a supplement regimen initiated prior to the procedure.
Simultaneously, platelet rich plasma is also processed from a venous blood specimen. Platelets’ growth factors help stimulate the stem cells to perform their healing and rebuilding functions. The stem cells and PRP are then injected into the affected area. It often takes three to six months for the injured tissues to fully repair themselves, but pain relief may begin much sooner!
All fetal or birth tissue products such as those from amniotic, umbilical Wharton’s jelly and placental tissue are registered with the FDA as dead structural tissue. They are a cushioning and lubricating injection only. They have NO live cells. Unethical clinics promoting them as live stem cell treatments are committing fraud. Often these are chiropractor, naturopathic or unscrupulous medical providers. If any of these products were found to have cells that survived freeze/thaw, they would be illegal drugs that have no FDA safety testing or standards. Regenesis offers these products as they are intended, to lubricate and cushion only, and they are much less expensive than our gold-standard stem cell therapy.
Dr. Charles Lee applies his skills in anti-aging, regenerative medicine and stem cell therapy to enhance his patients’ quality of life. He has specialized training and credentialing in stem cell harvesting, isolation and orthopedic injections. Begin your journey to “Feel Better and Look Better“. Contact Regenesis today at (256) 715-8193 for your stem cell consultation.
After more than 30 years as a multidisciplinary anesthesiologist, Dr. Charles Lee experienced firsthand the vulnerability people feel while undergoing any health related event or procedure. Regardless of whether it is having your first baby in your twenties, sidelining a potential cardiac event in your mid-forties or seeking relief from pain in your late sixties, any challenge to your health or stress on your body is a reminder of the inevitability of aging.
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