Stem Cells

Stem Cells

Powerful Healing from Small Cells

Stem cell therapy is a form of regenerative medicine, a branch of medicine concerned with the body’s to heal itself. Stem cell therapy can be used to repair organs and tissues affected by injury, illness or disease. Stem cell therapy, which began in the 1950s, has increased in popularity in recent years as significant advances have been made in understanding how stem cells work and their powerful ability to heal.

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What Are Stem Cells?

Stem cells are the basic building blocks of the body. They are unspecialized cells with the ability to develop into specialized cells, tissues and organs.

Stem cells also have the ability to repair damaged tissue. When a cell, organ or tissue in the body becomes damaged through injury, illness or as a result of the aging process, these damaged tissues send signals to nearby dormant stem cells. These sleeping stem cells awaken and go to work repairing damage and generating new tissue. Stem cells can regenerate themselves infinitely, giving them the powerful ability to heal severely damaged tissues, while reducing pain and inflammation.

The ability of stem cells to develop into many different types of tissue, coupled with their ability to regenerate themselves without limit, makes them useful for treating a wide range of medical conditions and beneficial for patients who cannot tolerate conventional medical treatments or do not respond to conventional medical treatments.

There are two main types of stem cells: adult stem cells and embryonic stem cells. Dr. Foster uses adult stem cells taken from adipose fat tissue. These cells are also known as mesenchymal stem cells and can differentiate into tissues such as bone, cartilage, muscle and other connective tissues, nerves and other neural tissue and some organs.

Why Use Stem Cells From Adipose Fat?

Dr. Foster uses adipose fat stem cells because they are typically in abundance; a 25-milliliter syringe of adipose fat tissue contains between 10 and 30 million stem cells. This amount of stem cells is in stark contrast to the number of stem cells found in a 25-milliliter syringe of bone marrow stem cells, which yields around 60,000 cells on average and needs to be proliferated in a lab to reach numbers required for effective medical treatment.

Adipose fat is more readily accessible than other body sources of stem cells, such as bone marrow. Harvesting adipose fat stem cells is minimally invasive, takes just minutes and is performed using a specialized liposuction procedure and local anesthesia. Once the cells are collected, they are separated from other tissue and blood and deployed back into the patient using intravenous (IV) and injection delivery guiding by imaging.

This method is known as autologous (cells come from the patient being treated) stem cell therapy. Additional benefits of using your own stem cells is that there is no chance of rejection or adverse reaction, unlike using allogeneic (cells taken from a donor) stem cells.

Musculoskeletal Conditions and Stem Cells

Nearly half of the American adult population suffers from a musculoskeletal condition or injury, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Musculoskeletal refers to the muscles, connective tissue and bones that make up the musculoskeletal system. The most common musculoskeletal conditions and injuries include osteoarthritis, a condition that frequently impacts the knees, hips, back, neck and hands, tendonitis, bone fractures, and strains and sprains of muscles, ligaments and tendons.

Musculoskeletal injuries develop largely because of wear and tear. Age and overuse often contribute to the development of these injuries, as do trauma and some health conditions.

Many patients with musculoskeletal injuries experience pain, inflammation, decreased and limited range of motion, limits to use, loss of stamina and fatigue and total loss of function in severe cases.

Dr. Foster uses adipose fat stem cell therapy to treat patients experiencing the painful and limiting side effects of musculoskeletal injuries. Many patients report seeing improvements in their condition, such as reduced pain and increased range of motion, within 2-3 weeks of treatment. Most patients require one procedure, but in many cases, like their results so much they choose to have additional treatments.

Dr. Foster is a member of the Cell Surgical Network. 

Stem Cells and the FDA

Dr. Foster and the Vitality Stem Cell Therapy Center are prohibited by making intended or implied claims regarding the success of stem cell therapy for any medical condition. The FDA also prohibits Dr. Foster and the Vitality Stem Cell Therapy Center from claiming our stem cell therapy has been approved by the FDA.  

The FDA also requires that Dr. Foster and the Vitality Stem Cell Therapy Center use minimal manipulation when handling stem cells, which means that the stem cells collected from a patient are not altered in any way that changes their biological characteristics.

Dr. Foster and the Vitality Stem Cell Center adhere strictly to the requirements of the FDA.

The FDA has not evaluated any of the statements on this website. All statements and opinions of this site are provided for informational purposes only.

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