All stem cells we use are adult mesenchymal stem cells. These are NOT fetal or embryonic stem cells. They may be derived from multiple sites. They are not rejected by the recipient. They work by enhancing healing of damaged tissue, by decreasing inflammation, and by modulating the immune system. The types of stem cells are listed below.
CULTURED UMBILICAL CORD ADULT MESENCHYMAL STEM CELLS: Tissue from live natural or cesarean section births is voluntarily donated. The cells are cultured in an FDA approved tissue bank where they are tested and cultured. These cells are then purchased by the PSCI for injection into our patients.
CULTURED AUTOLOGOUS ADIPOSE TISSUE: These are cells that are removed by a small lipo-aspiration from the patient to be treated and sent to a tissue bank for culture. They are injected into the patient as a separate procedure 6 weeks or more later.
STROMAL VASCULAR FRACTION: A patient has lipo-suction on the day of the procedure at which time the cells are isolated from the fatty tissue using an enzyme called collagenase. The product is called “stromal vascular fraction.” These are a combination of stem cells and other immune cells that have been shown effective for a variety of disorders. The cells are then immediately injected back into the patient’s affected area and also intra-venously.
CULTURED BONE MARROW CELLS: These are cells removed by a minor bone marrow aspiration from the back of the pelvic bone in the office from the patient to be treated. The cells are sent to a tissue bank for culture and incubation with growth factors. They are later injected into the patient as a separate procedure intravenously and/or via lumbar puncture. At PSCI we utilize these cells, incubated with specific growth factors, specifically as a treatment for ALS.
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