Stem Cell Surgery
Stem Cell Surgery in Oakton
You’ve probably heard a lot about stem cells, and you may be very confused. Where do stem cells come from? What types of stem cells are being used? How safe is stem cell surgery? How effective is stem cell surgery? Do we use baby cord blood, embryonic stem cells, bone marrow cells vs. other body tissue sources, random strangers or people you know?
What about those high-priced supplements endorsed by some physicians that help the body make stem cells? If you make even a single stem cell, you have done your body a great deal of good. Encouraging stem cell growth with supplements that have been proven to give you a stem cell or two is great. The big difference: We are giving you millions of stem cells. In same-day surgery, we give you extracted cells that your body stores in your own fat. We also recommend storing your own stem cells in a bank so we can grow out lines of your own stem cells for later use when your body degenerates as a result of natural aging, injury or illness in years to come.
Bottom line: We transplant only adult stem cells that come from you and you alone, and it’s extremely safe. No fetal sources. No cells from other people. Just you. We are not using painful, ever-depleting marrow sources. We use only safe mini-liposuction procedures to collect healthier adult stem cells from a source that, unlike bone marrow, doesn’t diminish as much with illness and age. The only source we use is your own fat.
History and Terminology
There are two types of stem cells: embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells. Adult stem cells exist in all tissues, including the most vascular of tissues, fat. Originally called pericytes, we couldn’t study them until we could grow them in a lab. Then, 20 years ago, we succeeded in cultivating and maintaining lines of living embryonic stem cells in a laboratory. Once their function was elucidated, we renamed them “stem cells.”
We rapidly came to realize that there were vast differences between embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells. Embryonic stem cells come from only embryos and fetal cord blood. Adult stem cells are in all tissues in all living mammals. Embryonic stem cells are prone to causing benign tumors (20% incidence); adult stem cells do not cause tumors. Thus, embryonic stem cells require extensive manipulation to reduce their harm while maintaining their ability to help the body. In sharp contrast, adult stem cells require no manipulation.
How do stem cells work? They automatically find areas of inflammation, disease, trauma, illness and natural degenerative aging, and they set up shop. Setting up shop means three things: reproducing themselves for an ongoing presence there, turning into progenitor cells which can turn into the correct types of cells that the diseased area requires and ordering the tissues there to do the correct things. Progenitor cells, the progeny of adult stem cells, are fascinating. They can transform themselves into any other tissue type the adult stem cells require them to transform into or they can revert to become adult stem cells again!
Adult vs. Embryonic Stem Cells
As we continue to learn about both types of stem cells today, much scientific data exists in the literature which continues to confirm that adult stem cells are safer than embryonic stem cells. We have learned that, unlike embryonic stem cells, adult stem cells need no manipulation to directly help us immediately. Embryonic stem cells in contrast must be manipulated, contorted, stimulated, chemically prodded and genetically fashioned to minimize their harm to us.
Often (almost always) on the same day, we harvest cells from you and return them to you in a way that will help you the best. We can perform mini-liposuction harvesting from your love handles, for example, then deploy those adult stem cells into areas of illness like knees or shoulders in a sterile outpatient setting in a single day, usually in less than an hour. You don’t even have to fast. In fact, we encourage you to eat a snack after harvesting and prior to deployment.
Following deployment to your site of injury, inflammation, disease or aging, we provide the rest of your millions of stem cells via IV. These stem cells find their way to only those areas of greatest inflammation, starting with the lungs and onward to all the other body tissues. These are the ultimate repair parts.
Candidates for Stem Cell Surgery
Any child or adult with a degenerative illness or trauma of any kind, including elective surgery, can benefit from their own body’s stem cells. That includes aging.
While we cannot provide patient testimonials because of HIPAA violations and federal restrictions due to the lack of research to date, we can report thousands of anecdotal stories. Young children with autism report feeling so much better even in the way their skin feels (and their tolerance of so many new foods that they actually stretch out their arms calmly at subsequent deployments because they know the treatments are helping them!). Half of men with erectile dysfunction after prostate surgery for cancer are able to enjoy sex again. Knee cartilage, even in the worst studies, improved 85% in just two to eight weeks, approximating the benefits of full knee replacement surgery without the accompanying six months of disability. Long-time cardiac patients are shocking their cardiologists at annual rechecks with normalized EKGs. And the list of anecdotal success stories goes on and on and on.
If you have struggled with illness and treatment failures, you have to ask yourself: “Do I want to try something that resets my clock to what my body could do when I was a child? Do I want to try something with a spectacular track record of safety that is anecdotally helping staggering numbers of people in trial after trial? Or do I want my condition to advance further and further without knowing what might have been with stem cell surgery?”
Fortunately, they are very few. Contraindications, including cardiomyopathy and congenital cardiomyopathy, limit the use of stem cells. Cancer must also be ruled out. No patient can receive stem cell surgery within two weeks of any dental work, including dental cleaning. Smokers cannot receive stem cells. Smoking affects stem cell health, viability and function. We can help you quit smoking, if you’re interested. Then, we can give you your stem cells and a second chance at health.
There is no guarantee stem cell therapy will work. And while stem cell therapy will likely turn out to be the best thing for your injury or disorder, especially before you try standard therapies that have proven ineffective (such as steroids, NSAIDs or risky surgeries), federal guidelines prevent us from encouraging that. These cells may not make you better. But they are more likely to make you better than unproven methods, which are well-established to not work. Such unproven methods are also well-established to allow your disease to continue but cause added harm to your body because they produce unwanted side effects that stem cells do not.
Stem cells are your body’s “mother cells”– they are what your body needs to heal itself. We are merely supplementing you with millions of your own stem cells.
If you’ve been fighting illness, whether mild or severe, with no help from ineffective drugs that almost always have side effects, consider this an option. Because it’s so safe, the worst thing it can do is not work. In almost 800,000 deployments, there have been practically no major adverse reactions. So now, thanks to safe, modern medicine that lets you care for you, adding years to your life doesn’t have to mean getting grayer and more frail anymore. Learn more about stem cell surgery in Oakton. Call 703-255-1190 or use our convenient Request an Appointment form.