Stem cell therapy is regenerative medicine that that has the capability of repairing injured tissue instead of just treating symptoms or preventing further damage. Regenerative medicine in general, and stem cell medicine, in particular, are rapidly growing medical fields of interest, with many scientific studies being done on who it can help. There are a number of injuries, conditions and chronic diseases that could be treated with this new type of medicine.
If your patient is suffering from an injury to their joints or from pain associated with a chronic, degenerative condition such as arthritis, stem cell therapy might be an attractive option for them. Who is a good candidate for stem cell therapy? It’s best for your patients to talk directly with you about whether they are a good candidate for stem cell regenerative treatments for joint injury, degeneration, and pain associated with chronic disease. Here are some helpful guidelines for who might benefit best from this new and exciting medical treatment.
Patients with chronic conditions or joint pain
Athletes who suffer injuries and other patients who have joint pain caused by degenerative chronic disease such as arthritis may be candidates for regenerative stem cell therapy. Have your patient consult with an orthopedist to determine if stem cell therapy might be helpful for them.
Patients with blood cancer
Stem cell treatment or stem cell transplantation has been in use for decades and has helped many patients with blood cancers. This type of treatment involves stem cells taken from the bone marrow, either from the patient or from healthy donors, which is then stored, or treated, and then put into the bone marrow of the patient. This treatment jump starts the production of healthy, cancer-free blood cells and saves lives. If you have a patient with blood cancer, contact a blood cancer specialist to arrange treatment.
Patients with complex conditions: consider a trial
For patients who have complex medical conditions, including lung diseases, autoimmune disease, or certain types of cancer, there are many ongoing clinical trials that recruit patients for participation. Not all patients meet the criteria for inclusion, so it’s important to let your patient know which studies are being organized and what the parameters are for participation.
There are also many trials being conducted on stem cell therapy and its use in regenerating skin tissue damaged due to burn injury and also in reducing any eventual scars created when the skin heals.
There are ongoing federally funded studies on regenerative medical therapy and veterans. These studies focus on reconstructive type surgery and combat injuries including burns and bone regeneration. If you have a patient who is a veteran, directing him or her to the Veteran’s Administration for more information is a good first start.
Starting a conversation with a patient’s health care provider is a good way to determine if they are a good candidate for stem cell therapy. Only their medical support team can make that final determination. If a patient is considered a good candidate, they will likely undergo a series of tests, which may include:
- A thorough physical examination, which may include blood work, imaging scans to include X-rays and computed tomography (CT) scans, and a complete review of your medical history.
- Tests to check the health and functionality of your heart, lung and other organs.
- A bone marrow biopsy that will provide a deeper understanding of your condition.
- Psychosocial evaluation.
What is Systemic Laboratories?
Systemic Laboratories is an FDA registered and monitored lab. FDA registered labs make a commitment to follow FDA regulations on stem cell preparation and storage. That means no alterations or enzymes allowed, only concentration of existing cells done in the safest manner possible.
Our state-of-the-art technology enables Systemic Laboratories, an FDA-registered tissue processing laboratory, to process adult autologous tissue in a controlled and compliant environment. Our process enables the extraction of Stromal Vascular Fraction (SVF) from adipose (fatty tissue) or bone marrow. Our unique process and superior technique yields a critical mass of Stromal Vascular Fraction (SVF) that far exceeds most other techniques and processes. Most importantly, our process does NOT use enzymes, does NOT multiply or expand cells, and does NOT attempt to manipulate tissue.
Systemic Laboratories offers tissue processing, bio-storage, and retrieval; tissue processing is performed within 24 hours. Bio-storage is available in a Cyrofreezer at -80 degrees Celsius for future retrieval. To learn more about our services, call (718) 268-6060 or submit the online form.