What is the revolutionary thing about stem cell treatment?
Combination of stem cells and blood plasma growth factor is a revolutionary and completely new method of treatment. Both cells and plasma are released directly into the affected joint causing regeneration of cartilage and its recovery. If the joint gap is inflamed, stem cells can remedy it. The best therapeutic effect is achieved when the stem cells are administered together with growth factors of the patient’s own blood plasma to enhance their effect and accelerate the healing process
Is stem cell application a safe procedure?
Stem cells have been used worldwide in breast augmentation surgeries and arthritis treatment. Serious side effects like secondary cancer or autoimmune disease linked to stem cells administration have not been reported. There have been cases of a minor fever or very rarely (less than 0.1% of cases) an infection can develop in the site of cell administration. Possible side effects linked to administration of stem cells are also closely monitored by the International Cellular Medicine Society, which provides detailed information obtained worldwide at: www.cellmedicinesociety.org
Am I the suitable candidate for stem cell treatment?
If you have problems with joints (pain, stiffness) and you have to use pain relievers or you are considering a joint replacement surgery, then it is the right time to consult our specialists. Outside standard office hours you can book an appointment and discuss the available stem cell treatment options in our centre.
There is a condition that patient must have reasonable reserve of adipose tissue (abdomen, lower abdomen, buttocks) in order to collect a sufficient amount of adipose tissue. In our experience, Czech population does not seem to have that problem.
Who is not a suitable candidate for stem cells?
Stem cell treatment is not suitable for patients who have an active infection or tumour. Patients who consistently use NSAIDs must suspend them temporarily 10 days before the surgery (liposuction). Patients who are taking coumarin-based medication (anticoagulants like Warfarin or Lawarin) must be temporarily switched to LWMH-low molecular weight heparine.
What conditions in orthopaedics and rheumatology are stem cells available for?
Stem cells have been most widely used in treating degenerative changes of articular cartilage – arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Injection of stem cells and blood plasma is particularly suitable for treatment of large and medium-sized joints, i.e .knees, hips, ankles, shoulders and elbows.
How fast is the treatment? When will I see results?
Remodelling of the damaged cartilage does take some months. However, improvements-especially pain relief can be seen in 2-3 weeks. 4-6 weeks after stem cells application it is suitable to check the clinical condition. If there was a severe damage to the cartilage before first application then a second injection of stem cells is to be considered.
What is the success rate of stem cell treatment?
A sample of 556 patients was treated in Faculty of Medicine, University Hospital, South Florida in the USA. Approximately 86% of the patients who responded said that they were satisfied with their treatment and would do it again. The following has been established in knee and hip patients with severe arthritis who were told they were candidates for a joint replacement surgery:
-89% of knee patients reported more than 50% relief of symptoms and more than half of them had greater than 75% relief.
-75% of hip patients reported more than 50% relief and 88% of them reported more than 75% relief (see also www.stemcellorthopedic.com).
What drugs am I suspended to use during stem cell treatment?
Continuous and regular use of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) is suspended one week before and 4-6 weeks after the surgery.
What could affect stem cell treatment negatively?
Alcohol reduces the healing potential of stem cells. The week before scheduled surgery and at least 4-6 weeks after it you should minimize your intake of alcohol.
What could have a positive effect on stem cell treatment?
According to American scientists, vitamin D3, blueberry extract and green tea extract help increase the number of stem cells and enable them to multiply faster. Also, SYSADOA-chondroprotective agents might contribute in healing the damaged cartilage.
How long does the entire procedure last?
Stem cell collection, isolation and application take around 2 hours.
Can I have stem cell treatment for several joints at the same time?
If necessary it is suitable to administer stem cells into several affected joints. It requires only sufficient quantities of collected adipose tissue and blood.
I am on the waiting list for a joint replacement. Is it OK to undergo a stem cell treatment before?
Sure. Stem cells have the property to regenerate severely damaged cartilage and having the treatment means eliminating the risks of a massive surgery. Some patients may even have no surgery at all or at least have it postponed, experience substantial pain relief and come back to quality life.
Is liposuction painful?
You will be given a local anaesthetic where only the first prick of the needle will result in a little discomfort. Under anaesthetic the adipose tissue will be numb and painless.
How long do stem collection and administration take?
The preparation for liposuction includes marking the area intended for liposuction and local anaesthesia) takes about 30 minutes. Liposuction itself takes about 10-15 minutes. Processing and isolation of stem cells from adipose tissue takes 45 minutes. Application to the site of damage is immediate.
How long does the recovery take after stem cell collection?
Liposuction, blood taking and stem cell application is a same day outpatient procedure. Collection of fat tissue is usually followed by a mild pain at the site of liposuction that may last a few days. A haematoma may also occur that absorbs within a few days. Should the site of liposuction remain painful and should there be a persistent swelling, please contact us immediately. As a rule, your daily routine will have no restriction and there is no need for a special routine.
What kind of follow up care will I receive in the centre?
A complex dispensary follow up conservative care is provided for each patient in our centre following administration of stem cells. You will have regular check-ups after 1-3-6-12 months and further as necessary. Our centre is equipped with ultrasound, X-ray and MRI to evaluate the progress of stem cell treatment.
What stem cell clinic should I use?
Stem cell therapy should only be performed by an experienced certified specialist-be it orthopaedist or rheumatologist.
Only orthopaedists and rheumatologists can provide complex follow up care and are competent in treating arthritis as they have the capabilities to prescribe most efficient medication and supplements.
Patients should rather seek quality and expertise of a clinic than proximity of a clinic to their home or heavily advertising of a centre that professes it has stem cell therapy.
Stem cell therapy is a one-day procedure so you can access the clinic of your choice easily. Post-treatment check-ups are scheduled after 3-6 months. We feel it is essential to choose a good and recognized clinic to provide you with complex, permanent and professional treatment of arthritis and rheumatic arthritis if you want to receive the right value for your money.