Adult Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cells are already present within your body to help regenerate your tissues and induce healing when an injury occurs. But as we get older, we produce fewer stem cells and as a result, less effective healing. Scientists and physicians have made tremendous advances to make cellular therapy and tissue regeneration a reality in treating many diseases. Through regenerative medicine, a person can take advantage of their body’s innate ability to heal itself by using the healthy adult stem cells that can be found throughout the body. Laboratory and clinical research has shown that it is possible to use adult stem cells to restore lost, damaged or aging cells and effectively support tissue regeneration in the body, and it shows promise in the treatment of arthritic pain.
In adults, stem cells are present within a variety of tissues and organs. The most common and richest source comes from your bone marrow, and your hip bone is one of the best and most convenient locations to withdraw bone marrow. Because the cells collected are from your own tissue, there is little threat of rejection.
During an adult stem cell therapy procedure, Dr. Gallivan will use a needle to withdraw bone marrow from your posterior Iliac crest (lower back area). A trained nurse or technician then uses an FDA-registered device and centrifuge to concentrate the adult stem cells and growth factors present in the bone marrow and provides the cells back to the Dr. Gallivan for implantation into the targeted area(s).
Several recently published peer-reviewed studies have indicated that the higher number of concentrated cells returned to the patient show better surgical outcomes and/or pain score1. Taking this into account, Dr. Gallivan has chosen to use a best-in-class device that recovers the greatest percentage of essential cells, growth factors, and proteins when compared to its competitors. It is also designed for point-of-care concentration. Unlike procedures which process fat with enzymes or use living foreign cells like amniotic products, stem cells from a patient’s own bone marrow is carried out with minimal manipulation, which meets the FDA’s definition of the practice of medicine.
Every patient is different, and Dr. Gallivan will carefully review your medical history and conditions to help determine if you’re a good candidate for an adult stem cell procedure.
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