Thanks for your thoughts so far guys it means alot to me - the group of doctors offering this treatment are cosmetic physicians and cell biologists.
I spoke to the DR today and he said the last patient did have some improvement and her sypmtoms were very similar to mine.
The stem cells are harvested from fat in this case I believe which could pose a problem, I think I would [prefer them extracted from fat compared to an organ though. Basically there are no promises though.
I am also working with a holisitc cosmetic physician and Im going to do the blood cleansing before hand in conjunction with alot of accupuncture.
If only I could get some of those cord cells....
I have sent him an email detailing my concerns, along with photographs and a timeline of events over the last 2 years. I am so done suffering like this. I would pay anything to make it stop and twice that to reverse it. Money means nothing now.
@taneabbomination - thankyou for the links I will check them out and send you a pm.
Some info from their site:
Where do stem cells come from?
Stem cells are a type of regenerative cell and form part of the body’s own repair mechanisms. They are found throughout the body and when a stem cell divides, each new cell has the potential to either remain a stem cell or differentiate (change) into a specific cell type with a specialised function, such
as a muscle cell, a red blood cell or a nerve cell.
Stem cells are present in adipose tissue in very high numbers. One gram of fat will contain more than 5 million stem cells. In comparison, the same amount of bone marrow will contain less than 1,000 stem cells.
What is the process?
The Macquarie Stem Cells autologous stem cell therapy is an extension of fat grafting. The fat cells and connecting collagen are removed leaving purified cells which include stem cells, progenitor and other regenerating cells and growth factors.
Stem cell therapy at Macquarie Stem cells is autologous, which means that they come from your own tissue.
Tissue is extracted via a mini-liposuction procedure, under local anesthetic, to extract around 60 cc’s of adipose (fat) tissue from the abdomen. Unrefined adipose tissue is primarily composed of the adipocyte tissue (80%) and a network of mostly capillaries that surround the adipocytes.
The patented process for separating the stem cells is unique as it uses a form of ultrasound (ultrasonic cavitation) to separate the cells. No enzymes or chemicals are needed. This allows us to keep the Bio scaffold and growth factors which are destroyed by other methods.
This technique can harvest up to ten times the number of stem cells than other techniques – such as those that rely on enzymes alone.
The mix of separated cells remaining are known as Stromal Vascular Fraction (SVF) cells, which is contains around 60 per cent stem cells and the remainder made up of progenitor and other regenerating cells and growth factors.
Before use the SVF cells are them subjected to a quality test using an instrument called a flow cytometer to check each sample for cell viability and the cell count for each patient. This is an important quality step that allows ongoing tracking and monitoring of safety data.
What are the risks?
Macquarie Stem Cells has successfully treated more than 150 patients since 2009 without significant adverse event.
As an autologous product, the donor of the tissue and the recipient of the cells are the same person. This highly reduces problems commonly associated with allogeneic products. The risks of rejection are greatly reduced. The risks of allergic reaction are also highly reduced.
There have been no reported serious adverse reactions with adipose SVF stem cell therapy. Temporary minor reactions have been observed in 10 per cent of patients including flushing, heart palpitations (for a few minutes after the injection), and slightly raised temperature just after the injection.
Is stem cell therapy for me?
There are a number of instances in which you may be unsuitable for stem cell therapy.
Some conditions that might exclude you from suitability for stem cell therapy might include:
- Blood disorders;
- Low BMI or insufficient fat reserves;
- Unstable illness;
- Blood thinning medication;
- Diabetes; and
Patients who have cancer are currently unable to undergo stem cell therapy. There is contradictory evidence at present about the interaction between adipose stem cells and cancer. Some studies in mice have pointed to an increase in the growth rate of cancer with adipose stem cells, while other studies have shown that stem cells inhibit cancer.
Until further clinical trials have been conducted on adipose stem cells and cancer, patients who have cancer are unable to receive stem cell therapy.
Previous cancer patients must be cleared by their oncologist to receive treatment.
The treatment process
After initial consultation and being cleared for treatment, a treatment plan will be discussed. This will include the number of therapy sessions required and any preparation and follow up checks and tests required.
A single stem cell therapy session takes only three hours as the cells are extracted, processed and then reinjected on site at Macquarie Stem Cells.
You will receive a mini-liposuction procedure, under local anesthetic, and the physician will remove approximately 60 cc’s of adipose (fat) tissue from the abdomen or other suitable location..
The SVF stem cells are injected into the affected site and also intravenously. This technique is known to almost double the effectiveness of the technique.
The stem cells then home to the site of injury to begin the process of repairing damaged tissue, such as the connective tissue damaged in osteoarthritis patients.
The remaining progenitor cells and growth factors help the stem cells to begin the process of repair and regeneration.