Live Stem Cell Therapy in Castroville, TX
How can regenerative therapy heal my injury?
The cells in your body are brimming with regenerative potential. Together, your cells and our cells may be able to reduce or eliminate your pain, regenerate your tissue, and revive the range of movement you may have thought you’d lost permanently.
Unlike surgery, which removes tissue and bone from your body, regenerative medicine harvests live cells. These are injected directly into your pain site, stimulating your own cells to regenerate themselves.
Depending on your age, body type, genetics, and injury severity, the live-nucleated cells we deliver to your tissue may continue producing human growth factors for weeks, sometimes even months. As with all medical procedures, success rates will also vary depending on all these factors. To find out whether stem cell therapy is for you schedule a consultation in Castroville call (210) 941-4815 or contact Dr. Vernon Williams online.
How do stem cells regenerate tissue?
Injured cells in your skin, bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and connective joints send out signals. Stem cells respond to those signals, migrating to the injured tissue and release proteins that nourish and stimulate your own cells to begin regenerating.
Once your practitioner injects them, the stem cells dock next to your cells and release growth factors, cytokines, and chemokines which then may:
- activate T-cells to secrete proteins
- open up your blood vessels and form new ones
- move cells out of your blood vessels and into the tissues surrounding them
- stimulate your cells to regenerate your tissue
- inhibit your inflammation
- regulate your immune system
Where do these live stem cells come from?
We process the umbilical cord blood of healthy newborns. If a pregnant woman scheduled for caesarean section decides she does not want to keep and store her unborn child’s umbilical cord, her OB/GYN asks whether she would like to donate it. After signing an informed consent form, a medical and social history review is conducted, as well as a blood test.
If the new mother meets all donor eligibility requirements, she is accepted as a donor. After her baby is born, the umbilical cord blood is collected in a sterile collection bag and sent to a lab.
The cord blood is processed within 48 hours using proprietary methods. A sample of the finished product is tested by an independent third-party lab for sterility. Only after all lab reports have passed the regulatory requirements can the umbilical cord stem cells be distributed.
Is stem cell therapy safe?
Stem cell products have the potential to treat a vast number of medical conditions. They’re already becoming a common alternative to risky, expensive surgeries in orthopedics, especially sports medicine, which has been treating athletes with regenerative therapies for over 20 years. However, the science demonstrating the benefits and safety behind each of these products is still in developmental stages.
That being said, thousands of studies around the world have demonstrated positive outcomes of stem cell use and show that stem cells derived from umbilical cord are able to regulate our immune system more effectively than stem cells derived from bone marrow or fat.
Before embarking on any stem cell therapy, you should consult the clinical trials on the national health databases and always seek the advice of your healthcare provider.
Are umbilical cord stem cells FDA approved?
The FDA recently confirmed there is only one registered and approved stem cell product on the market: umbilical cord blood-derived hematopoietic progenitor cells (blood forming stem cells) used for certain indications. While there is enormous promise in stem cell therapies, and thousands of ongoing experiments trying to establish efficacy, stem cell treatments do not yet meet the FDA’s scientific approval standard.
Practitioners tapping into this enormous promise of stem cells for any therapeutic use must exercise their professional judgment and expertise. We urge anyone embarking on the use of stem cell therapies to consult the national health data bases to evaluate current clinical trial information, and the FDA’s website on human tissue, to get its current therapy evaluations.
In 2018 the FDA’s commissioner and research director reported that the agency will be incorporating some “new concepts for how small investigators and firms can seek and meet the approval standard for products through efficient expedited pathways.” You can keep up with latest developments on the FDA’s website.
How many cells does it take to treat my tissue damage?
Worldwide clinical research and experience over almost 20 years has given us some effective parameters for various types of injury. After examining and assessing the nature and severity of your injury, medical history, and general health, your provider will decide how many million cells are needed for fast, effective treatment.
Is it normal to have an inflammatory response after my Injection?
It is not uncommon to have an inflammatory response after a stem cell injection. This is not because your body is rejecting the cells. It may actually be a positive sign that the live cells are creating a healing response.
The degree of inflammatory response to our live-nucleated cells can vary based on:
- the levels of IL-6 within your joint or tissue
- the severity of damage and current inflammation in your joint
- PRP therapy in conjunction with stem cell injection increases the probability of an inflammatory response
What are the risks or side effects of stem cell injections?
As with any other injection procedure, there is a small risk of bacterial infection not associated with the injected cells. If you experience severe pain, bleeding, or swelling at your injection site, or if you experience fever, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, or any other concerning symptoms, don’t wait—call your medical provider or seek emergency medical care right away.
Will I be given an anesthetic?
You may be given a small amount of local anesthetic to numb the needle pathway on your skin. However, your provider will not apply large amounts of local anesthetic into the area being treated. Studies have shown that doing so may damage the nucleated cells.
How long does it take to get relief?
Pain relief typically begins immediately after your treatment. Regeneration time varies depending on the severity of your injury and your ability to follow post treatment care, along with your rehabilitation program to strengthen affected areas.
Reserve your appointment today
It’s well worth the wait, though. Our trained and experienced providers have already saved countless pain-plagued patients from risky, expensive surgeries and procedures. Now they’re prepared to customize a stem cell regeneration plan for you. To schedule a consultation today in Castroville, (210) 941-4815 or contact Dr. Vernon Williams online.
The Wellness & Aesthetics Medical Center
Address540 Oak Centre Dr
San Antonio, TX 78258
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