What Are Stem Cells? Why Are Stem Cells Important?
Every cell in your body is a descendant of a stem cell. And now, regardless of your age, there are still stem cells present in various tissues helping to maintain and repair the tissues that they serve. Two tissues noted for a high density of stem cells are fat tissue and bone marrow. However, as we age, stem cells are less plentiful and do not function as well as they once did. Modern medicine has now made it possible for us to harness the power of stem cells to treat damaged or degenerated tissue. Types of stem cell treatments available in the United States include:
- Fat Derived stem cells
- Bone Marrow Derived stem cells
- Amniotic Tissue/Cord Blood Derived stem cells
A fourth source of stem cells, embryonic stem cells, while used around the world, is not approved for therapeutic treatment in the United States and will not be discussed further here.
Stem Cells Derived from Fat
These stem cells are harvested by removing fat from the body in two possible ways. One is through liposuction and the other is by directly removing fat through surgical excision. The fat is then processed and injected back into the patient. The advantage is the patient uses their own tissue. Disadvantages are a surgical procedure which can have complications including bleeding, infection, reaction to anesthetic, and in older patients significantly fewer stem cells obtained in comparison to younger patients, cost of harvesting the fat.
Stem Cells Derived from Bone Marrow
These stem cells are obtained from the bone marrow usually from the hip (femur) or pelvis in a procedure known as bone marrow aspiration. This can be a painful process and has the possible risk of bleeding, and infection.
Stem Cells Derived from Amniotic Tissue
Here at Compassionate Physicians of Florida we believe that the current optimal source of stem cells is amniotic tissue derived stem cells. The stem cells in these tissues are far more plentiful than those found in either bone marrow or fat, particularly as you grow older. Secondly, these stem cells are significantly more active. Third, they require no previous surgical procedure with the associated risks. Finally, these stem cells are associated with significantly more growth factors needed for your tissues to regenerate. Depending on the site being treated, your treatment may consist of a single injection. Currently, we perform stem cell treatments only for joints and associated soft tissue because treatment results in these areas have a proven track record of success.
Stem Cell Safety
The stem cells we use at Compassionate Physicians of Florida have passed a rigorous evaluation process. Our medical director has visited each facility personally to ensure that the facility is operating to current standards and follows all guidelines. Additionally, we require third party testing from all of the companies we use prior to adopting their product.
Stem Cell Treatment Initial Visit
What You Need To Bring:
*Recent medical history
*List of current medications
*X-ray records including reports and images
*And finally, all your questions at your first complimentary consultation
At Compassionate Physicians of Florida we want to answer every question you might have so that you can make an informed decision as to what may be right for you.