STEM CELL THERAPY FOR SPINAL CORD INJURY
The doctor would have to consult with you and review your records, including any X-rays, and MRIs, to give a firm diagnosis and recommended protocol but generally for problems of this kind, and if medically advisable for suitable candidates we offer extensive treatment protocols which include the option of applying hundreds of millions of umbilical cord tissue cells, or harvesting and applying large quantities of mesenchymal stem cells, usually drawn from the patient’s own bone marrow. (we will deposit the bone marrow cells into the affected area).
We can also send the cells to a licensed laboratory for manipulation and treatment for future injections. In Mexico cells from donors are also an option.
What is Spinal Cord injury?
Injury to the spinal cord is an very serious type of physical trauma which frequently results in a permanent and significant impact on most, if not all, aspects of daily life.
The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves and other tissue contained within and protected by the vertebrae of the spine.
The spinal cord is sends messages from the brain to all parts of the body and likewise from the body to the brain. These messages enables the body to not only perceive pain but also move its limbs etc.
If the spinal cord sustains an injury the result can be a complete or total loss of sensation and mobility below the injury, with a spinal cord injury closer to the neck typically causing paralysis throughout a larger part of the body than one in the lower back area.
There are two types of Spinal cord injuries: incomplete and complete. For An incomplete spinal cord injury, there remains some functioning body parts below the point of impact and injury. In the event of a complete spinal cord injury the injured person cannot move anything below the point of trauma.
Since 2005, at least, multiple clinical trials have been conducted using stem cells for spinal cord injuries. Stem cell therapy, using adult mesenchymal stem cells, has been shown to be safe for the treatment of spinal cord injuries.
Researchers have produced results showing the efficacy of MSCs in cases of spinal cord injury.
Types of cells and mode of application
Our stem cell therapies involve the implanting of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) into the body via IV (intravenous), by intrathecal injection (spinal canal/subarachnoid space), or site injection (normally for joint issues). We offer various types of mesenchymal cells, from the umbilical cord, bone marrow or adipose fat. These stem cells can be autologous (originating from the patient’s own tissue) or allogeneic (originating from an outside source, such as umbilical cord tissue).
Researchers claim that Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) work in four main ways
- control inflammation
- Modulate the immune system
- stimulate regeneration
- reduce scarring
For more on MSCs click here.
What type of cells and how they are administered depends on the circumstances of each case.
Period of stay- length of protocol
The period of the patient stay also depends on the circumstances of each case and the condition treated. This can range from as few as 1-2 days or last for several weeks. Typically, the patient stay lasts for around 5 days. Patients traveling from say Europe will typically come for a longer period due to the issues of jet-lag. Due to our relative proximity to most parts of the US and Canada our patients can return for further treatments on a fairly regular basis. All patients are given a full medical examination upon arrival. The course of treatment also involves other treatments and techniques aimed at ameliorating and enhancing the effect of the stem cell infusion. We also offer a range of other subsidiary treatments that patients can benefit from during their stay- such as physiotherapy and other alternative therapies. Our IV treatments are minimally invasive.
As we explain at this link- these protocols are simply not available in the US and Canada and this is why we are in Baja California, Mexico.
We offer the option of staying in top rate accommodations either in an urban or beach front setting.
The amount of cells infused can vary- although at this time we typically infuse hundreds of millions of cells thru IVs and by injection. The state-of-the art licensed laboratories we work with and from whom we source our cells produce huge quantities of cells thru cultivating and expanding harvested cells. Cell expansion is the process of taking cells extracted from tissue, culturing them in the lab and encouraging them to reproduce. The reproduced cells are identical to the source cells, but this process allows more effective treatment with greater numbers of cells. This increases the possibility of a positive result.
Additional visits may be advised and as a consequence frequently patients are advised to return over time for more infusions.
All visits are subject to follow up by our team.
Safety of cord and other adult cells
Along with all adult stem cells, including those derived from bone marrow and adipose fat, no significant safety issues have been reported thru clinical trials and thru clinical use.
Researchers and treating doctors are satisfied that they are extremely safe. The only reported side effects being short term cases of nausea, fatigue etc… associated with all medical procedures. Contrast the situation with embryonic/fetal cell were there are fears that these cell types are potentially tumorigenic- i.e. can evolve into tumors. Due large part to this, researchers and regulators tend to be wary of them and focus on other stem cells types, such as cord, bone marrow, and fat.
This is one reason why we do not use fetal/embryonic cells.
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