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Fountain of Youth Staff
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Regenerative Therapy before Surgery
What Is Regenerative Therapy?
Your Body’s Built-In Repair System
Your body has its own incredible repair systems. When you fall down and skin your knee, your body sends stem cells to the injured area to begin repairing and replacing the damaged skin and tissue. When you break a bone, your body sends stem cells to help the broken bones grow back together.
For almost any kind of damage or injury, your body has the tools and systems in place to make the needed repairs to keep you going. It is sending your own stem cells (along with a few other special cells) to repair the damage. But as we age, our body produces fewer stem cells on its own. And the stem cells that it does produce, are just not quite as “healthy and strong” as when you were young. This is the reason why a baby’s skin is always so soft and smooth compared to a more “mature” adult.
As a result, when our “more mature” joints are injured or damaged from arthritis or degeneration, we just don't have as many stem cells to repair the damage as when we were young, nor are the stem cells as strong and healthy to make the repairs. This is why most of the recent advancements in regenerative medicine have focused on using stem cells and growth factors from healthy young umbilical tissue.
WHAT ARE STEM CELLS?
Stem cells are fundamentally the building blocks of life and have the potential to differentiate into many different types of cells within the body. Stem cells are actively involved in repairing, regenerating, and rebuilding damaged or absent tissue in the body that has been affected by disease, infection, or injury.
HOW DO STEM CELLS HEAL?
Receptors on stem cells allow them to migrate to areas that need healing and effect change in that area, potentially becoming new cells in the area and create new tissue to help improve functionality. They secrete chemicals which activate and attract your body’s native stem cells to initial tissue regeneration. There are numerous scientific evidence that show amazing reparative potential of these cells.
TYPE OF STEM CELLS USED?
We use only the best source of stem cells, containing the highest therapeutic quality bioactive biomolecules of Wharton's jelly derived stem cells and its extracellular matrix along with amniotic membranes available. The main therapeutic medium used are umbilical cord stem cells, exosomes, placental stem cells, amniotic stem cells, and PRP.
THE SOURCE OF STEM CELLS?
All the stem cells that we attain are from ethically obtained healthy live cesarean births. The mothers are donating willfully, and they must go through an extensive medical history questionnaire as well as several blood tests to make sure they are healthy and free from all communicable diseases. Once the umbilical cord and placental tissues are removed, the tissues are tested again, as well as the mother and infant.
TYPES OF STEM CELLS USED
The types of stem cells we use in our protocols are explained below.
UMBILICAL CORD STEM CELLS
Umbilical cord stem cells are retrieved from the umbilical cords of healthy, live caesarean delivered births and donated by the mothers. These are by far the most effective type of stem cells that are obtained by ethic means and available today. The young age of the stem cells makes them far more biologically active and gives them a greater ability to divide and grow tissue than older stem cells. Younger stem cells are about 10 times more potent than that of older stem cells. Umbilical stem cells contain several different types of stem cells including mainly mesenchymal stem cells and hematopoietic stem cells. This allows for treatments of many different diseases and conditions.
PLACENTAL TISSUE STEM CELLS
These are similar to umbilical cord derived stem cells and are obtained in the same manner, but are extracted from placental tissue rather than the umbilical cord.
AMNIOTIC FLUID STEM CELLS
Amniotic fluid is the fluid in which a newborn baby lives during a woman’s pregnancy. There are some stem cells floating within the fluid which allow for proper development of a growing fetus, but they are few in number. There are also many different types of bioactive molecules which aid in tissue growth. This is the least expensive type of stem cell treatment available because it contains the least amount of stem cells, but it is also the least effective. Amniotic fluid stem cell treatment is best used in patients with very mild degenerative conditions or as a supplemental treatment to an umbilical cord derived stem cell treatment to help accelerate tissue regeneration.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Placelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is derived from the peripheral blood of the patient being treated. PRP contains a small amount of stem cells and the healing capability is mostly due to the bioactive molecules present in the injection. PRP treatments will typically range from $500-$2000 per joint. Here at Stem Cell Rejuvenation Center we provide PRP treatments with all our stem cell treatments for free of charge. We also provide PRP treatments independently of stem cell treatments for patients with more mild conditions or those who prefer a less expensive option.
We would love to have a free consultation with you to discuss your individual needs.