Cellular Therapy

This is our most advanced therapy. It is meant to not only trigger the healing process as with our entry-level Prolo service, and accelerate it as with our intermediate PRP offering, but to also provide a very large number of cells, thought to be the key component to tissue generation.

Therefore, cellular therapy should not only be very effective at reducing symptoms such as pain, but in addition, it is thought to squarely address the causes by helping repair most or all of the damaged tissue. It is thus the most potent option, but also the most costly. It can also be more invasive, yet still very safe. Finally, it takes longer to administer but also lasts longer, potentially halting or reversing a deteriorating condition.

The therapy consists of harvesting cells from the areas of you body where they are plentiful and re-injecting them in the areas where they are needed most to replace aging or damaged cells, tissue and organs. You will be guided through a customized therapy plan to determine where cells are extracted from and how those cells are reintroduced into the problem areas.

What are stem cells?
A stem cell is characterized by its ability to divide and create another cell like itself and by its potential to become many different types of cells. There are numerous classifications of stem cells but for this discussion, we will focus on adult stem cells. These cells are your own cells, found in a number of tissues in your body. They are part of the repair system for the body, providing the basic material where it is needed. Stem cells create specialized cells to repair damaged cells at the site of an injury or replenish destroyed cell as a result of degenerative processes such as arthritis or simply aging.

The mechanism by which stem cells initiate change within the body is complex and not always well-understood. When an injury occurs, chemical signals and pathways are created that lead stem cells to the area of trauma. The stem cells then release growth factors and other chemicals that provide local healing, reduce inflammation and promote damaged tissue regeneration.

Our cellular therapy DOES NOT use Embryos. When many people hear the words “stem cells,” they assume it is in reference to embryonic cells, or those taken from animals, humans, or embryos. We do not seek outside sources for cells. Nor do we attempt to grow them in a laboratory. Rather, we prefer to use cells from your own body in our treatments. There is no controversy: it is legal in the US. We merely kick-start your body into doing what it does best: heal itself. When the FDA authorizes stem cell multiplication through culturing, we will offer state-of-the-art services to take advantage of the increased potency and improved results associated with greater numbers of cells. For now however, you are our only source of cells. It is simple, effective and natural.

Who is a good candidate?
Stem cells are thought to regenerate tissue in organs as diversified as blood, skin, heart, cartilage to name but a few. Therefore, cellular therapy can be useful for a wide variety of ailments. However, since it is focused on re-generating tissue, it is most beneficial for injuries requiring repair and for degenerative conditions requiring replacement, such as face and hair (baldness).  Another less obvious example is for people requiring erectile dysfunction treatment.  Cellular therapy is also commonly thought to benefit people with soft tissue injuries, osteoarthritis and rheumatism. These injuries are due to the forces placed on the joints. They are understandably more common in active people. However, the degenerative arthritic process is a life-long condition for all that unfortunately progresses throughout our lives. As effective as cellular therapy can be, it is still an uphill battle against aging, but one that can be won since it addresses not just the symptoms but also the causes.

Examples of good candidates for cellular therapy are people that cannot tolerate or have not responded to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, people with early arthritis or have multiple joints affected by it, and people that are otherwise not good candidates for orthopedic surgery.

What Happens During Cellular Therapy?
The first step is to obtain cells. Cells can come from your own body.  They can also be from outside donor material.  Such cells do NOT come from embryos, but rather from donated materials usually discarded during natural birth.  Theses cells have a wide differentiation potential, are immune-privileged, anti-microbial, and are thought to help reduce inflammation and pain.  Multiple sources can be combined.  Typical sources of stem cells include:
  • Blood – a simple draw of your own blood as with PRP.
  • BMAC – aspiration from your own bone marrow, typically in the lower back or hip area.
  • ADCS – a mini-liposuction of your own abdominal fat tissue, but increasingly restricted by the FDA.
  • Amniotic Fluid – large number of growth factors that activate your own stem cells.
  • Umbilical Cord Blood – very large number of cells, most potent formula available.
Re-insertion methods depend on your condition and preference, as well as the amount of cells needed for a given area.  One method can consist of many injections, sometimes 10-15 different ones, and can greatly benefit you by covering the entire area in need of healing. The number and placement of the individual injections depends on the severity and duration of your injury or condition. Multiple methods can also be combined.  

Once the cell solution is ready, you are placed under a local or short general anesthesia and the solution is re-inserted into the target area(s).  Typical re-insertion methods include:
  • Intravenous Infusion (IV): in blood stream through a vein bolus.  Least invasive, body-wide.
  • Local Injection: in area desired by syringe. Typically outside tissue: skin, sub-cutaneous, muscle.  
  • Joint Injection: in joints by syringe.  Also localized, but more targeted; usually for pain and mobility.
This procedure is usually confined to a single session. If your condition is so serious that multiple sessions are needed, we will discuss that possibility and offer packages when appropriate.

A follow-up visit is scheduled approximately two weeks after the initial treatment. At that time, the physician will conduct an evaluation and if needed discuss the possibility of additional treatments. A single treatment should be enough for most common ailments. Injections are safe and can be combined with other treatments, medications and supplements if desired.

What should I expect after Cellular therapy?
For most people, the procedure only takes a few hours and you can come home immediately after. Once the numbing effects of anesthesia subside, you will experience some soreness at the site of the treatment. As with most pain, icing the injection area for 15 minutes 2-3 times a day for the first few days will help ease the pain and inflammation. Most people experience noticeable improvement within a week or two and can resume normal activity.

Call NuStem today to schedule your complimentary consultation at 844-4NUSTEM (844-468-7836).

Regenerative cellular therapies such as the use of stem cells are widely studied as adjunctive therapies for many conditions, including acute injuries in the skeletal-muscular system as well as in inner organs such as the heart or the brain. Cellular therapy does not replace standard therapies as recommended by your doctor, but may serve as an addition to existing or recommended therapies.  Currently, stem cell therapy is not FDA-approved and is considered experimental.  However, numerous published studies worldwide have shown significant benefits.  Stem cell therapy might represent one of the most potent future medical therapies.  

NuStem is offering patient-funded research to provide individual patients with regenerative cellular therapy. NuStem is not involved in the use or manufacture of any investigational drugs. NuStem uses scientific protocols in a systematic manner with scheduled follow up appointments and objective measures for scientific purposes. NuStem is not offering cell therapy as a cure for any condition, disease or injury. Any decision to participate in our patient-funded experimental protocols is completely voluntary.

This website contains no medical advice.  No statements or implied treatments on this website have been evaluated or approved by the FDA.  All statements and opinions provided by this website are for educational and informational purposes only and no diagnoses or treatments are offered via this website or by telephone.  It’s important for potential patients to do their own research based on the options presented so that one can make an informed decision.

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