For patients with autoimmune conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and myasthenia gravis, and for people with inflammatory conditions including Crohn’s disease, a new therapy is being investigated that includes treatment with adult stem cells.
While stem cell research has engendered a great deal of controversy over the years, much of this controversy has been focused on the use of embryonic stem cells. This new approach utilizes an entirely different type of adult cells extracted from the patient’s own body fat. Body fat is rich in a type of stem cells called mesenchymal stem cells. These cells can now be extracted via a mini-liposuction procedure as part of a component called stromal vascular fraction (SVF).
Mesenchymal stem cells have certain unique properties that enable them to help the body heal itself and repair damaged or injured tissues. First, these cells and the SVF in which they are extracted both have potent anti-inflammatory properties. Second, mesenchymal stem cells the ability to remain dormant (or inactive) until they reach an area of tissue injury or damage, at which point they activate and facilitate tissue repair.
The stem cell procedure takes place in one outpatient visit, typically taking around 3 hours. During this visit, SVF (containing the stem cells) is extracted from the patient in a process that generally takes just a few minutes. Next, SVF is minimally processed using a special “closed system” technology that maintains sterility. Finally, the SVF is re-implanted in the patient.
Dr. Michael Arata of OC Regenerative Medicine, in conjunction with the Cell Surgical Network, in now able to offer mesenchymal stem cell therapy to patients with many autoimmune and inflammatory conditions, including R.A., lupus, myasthenia gravis, and Crohn’s.
Patients with any of the above conditions may be evaluated by the staff at OC Regenerative Medicine to determine if they might be candidates for mesenchymal stem cell therapy.
If you would like more information on the treatment, please feel free to contact OC Regenerative Medicine through this web form or call (949) 247-8877.