Recently, after conducting an autologous stem cell transplant on the arthritic knee of an elderly patient (Raquel R), I started to have an interesting conversation with some of her family members gathered at the recuperating room. Everyone was utterly amazed on how quickly and painlessly the entire procedure had been completed and how well Raquel was doing. But suddenly, the conversation took an even more interesting twist.
For years, this family had been desperately looking for a valuable option to help Raquel with her overwhelming knee pain. Unfortunately, her medical options were very limited, mostly due to her illness and her inability to be able to undergo an invasive surgery and also to be exposed to the danger of general anesthesia.
This week, I would like to comment on an article initially published by the prestigious BMJ (Spanish Journal of Muscles and Bones) in English and also recently in Spanish (by El Nuevo Herald) discussing the controversial topic about the inefficiency of arthroscopy surgery.
Arthroscopy is a very popular operation that attempts to repair the meniscus and damaged cartilage through small incisions with the assistance of a video camera. It is performed more than 700,000 times a year, mostly in the knee. However, about 15 recent medical studies (conducted on more than 1,700 patients) show that the operation does not provide relief or improve joint function and furthermore, shows multiple complications such as infections, which can be very serious. All this at the astronomical cost of more than 3 billion dollars!
In my opinion, one of the hardest things to accept is a new type of medical treatment, particularly when it changes the philosophy, parameters and overall results that we are expecting and basically used to receiving. Stem cells are undoubtedly, no exception to this rule.
About 6 weeks ago, Eduardo K (a Cuban doctor with a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburg in internal medicine and nephrology), brought his wife Maria to our institute, in order to assess the possibility of using stem cells to cure the severe chronic pain in her ankle. A pain so severe, that it was basically hindering her ability to walk and Dr. K also expressed his extreme hesitation & concerns about having his wife be involved in an invasive ankle surgery at this stage of her adult life.
Recently, the New York Times published an article about three women that apparently had lost their vision after receiving a Stem Cell transplant in a clinic operating in the United States. A faithful reader of my weekly newspaper column, wrote to me about this concerning issue (Vivien R) and asked for my opinion on the matter, since she had also seen a TV newscast that discussed this rather unfortunate situation. There are several important key aspects pertaining to this issue that I would like to share with you and particularly with Vivien, many of which were not clearly addressed in the NY Times article.
The newspaper article stated that an ophthalmologist from the prestigious Bascom Palmer Institute, testified that (after examining the patient’s retinas) they appeared to all reflect an “excessive cell growth”, and thus, he stated that (in his medical opinion) this “abnormal growth” was the probable cause for these patients to have unfortunately lost their eyesight.
In the almost 3500 cases that I have conducted on knees, hips, shoulders and spine in the last 14 years, I have never found an “excessive cell growth” in any of my patients. My medical philosophy and the FDA’s recommendation of using “minimal manipulation” would not produce such abnormal cell growth, since the patient’s own body would automatically control for that sort of abnormality not to happen.
However, only when cells are being cultivated, is when you could have the possibility of such unstoppable / abnormal cell growth occurring. Unfortunately, we can only speculate at this point about what truly transpired in these cases, since the article did not provide sufficient information about the level of manipulation used on any of these procedures and/or if these stem cells were actually cultivated or not, in the three particular procedures mentioned. The NY Times article also stated that the injection / procedure had been conducted by a “Nurse Practitioner” and not by a medical doctor certified to practice medicine in the United States.
With more than 30 years of experience as a doctor, in addition to possessing a Master’s degree and two medical specialties, I am considered as one of the true pioneers that spearheaded using stem cells, as a valid alternative to cure pain. Note that in our StemCell Miami institute, 100% of the stem cell transplants are solely performed by me personally, although I am very fortunate to also possess a top-notch medical team by my side, which assists me with each procedure.
Up to date, we have performed countless successful procedures without having one single negative effect in any of our patients. I think I can recall possibly only a handful (or less) of my patients that did not improve (significantly) after their procedures, in comparison to the thousands of patients that are extremely happy with their results and the tremendous improvements in their overall quality of life. I am personally very conservative as a medical professional and would rather not experiment, even if I am only slightly unsure of the outcome that we would obtain. Furthermore, the safety of our patents is always our number one priority and is of utmost importance with every procedure that we conduct at our StemCell Miami Institute.
While other institutions throughout the world, do perform riskier procedures (that include using animal cells, as well as placenta and embryonic derived cells etc.), we would like to strongly reiterate that at our institute, we only perform procedures using the patient’s own (autologous) adult stem cells.
So in conclusion, the moral of this story is that you must be very careful about where you go and who performs a stem cell transplant procedure on you or your loved ones. Please don’t believe everything you see or hear! I highly recommend for you to also conduct a thorough investigation / research and examine the credentials of the doctor & clinic where you are getting these treatments done, before you decide to move forward with them…so please, I urge you investigate first!!!
So if you, a family member, or friend needs to be evaluated to find out if Stem cell treatments are a viable option, please call us at (305) 598-7777. Remember that by mentioning this article the first consultation is free. If you want to contact the doctor directly, please do so via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or for more information visit our website: www.stemcellmia.com or follow us on our Facebook Page & Twitter @StemCellMia or you can also watch our amazing testimonial videos on our YouTube channel.
Two days ago, I read a letter from my colleagues at the American Association of Pain Management Physicians, which reported that as of July 2016, (in the state of Oregon), blockages to control pains were denied coverage by several insurance companies. Instead, the Oregon health authorities have recommended the use of therapeutic massages and acupuncture in lieu of blockages.
This decision is unfortunately no joke, but rather only one of many examples of an oblivious & retrograde type mentality, and basically serves to clearly demonstrate how our great country continues to “lose ground” every day in the healthcare arena. Regrettably, this antiquated mindset ultimately causes mediocrity to take over many of our medical institutions, under the indifference of many and under the complicity of others.
With all due respect to the ancient art of acupuncture and the technique of therapeutic massages, these treatments are only proven to represent a viable (temporary) alternative for moderate pain control, but never as a true solution to treat any type of chronic pain.
I have spent almost 15 years researching new alternatives for the treatment of chronic and perennial pain. I have explored many treatments from blockages, therapies, pills and injections, to what I now call: The Medical Revolution of the 21st Century: Stem Cells.
If someone would ask me: “Why use stem cells?” I would explain to them that it is a very effective way to control pain, and is a medical treatment alternative that is basically unparalleled nowadays. These incredibly powerful cells (of which our body is organically armed with from birth) have the important function of regenerating and repairing damaged tissue, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or even age.
For example, last week I met with Berthy, a 65-year-old woman treated with a successful marrow and fat stem cell transplant to treat her severe arthritis related knee pain we conducted about 4 months ago. During her visit, Berthy recounted that she had recently accompanied her husband to a renowned clinic in South Florida, where the issue of stem cell use had arisen, and the doctor at the medical institution had told her: “they only work on patients up to 50 years old.” She immediately showed him her knee and told him that at age 67, she was perfectly fine after her recent stem cell transplant. The doctor was astonished, and with a shrug he replied, “they must know more and have more experience than we do in that area.” Berthy is currently arranging a trip with her husband to travel to Asia and realize their dream of walking The Great Wall of China.
We as a society must begin to “think big,” and focus on the future and support the latest advances of modern medicine. Also, we as patients should demand the right to be offered the most advanced treatments and not simply resign ourselves to a health authority mandate or a medical professional that would impose an ineffective or mediocre type treatment.
We could speculate on the reasons behind the Oregon insurance situation, but the reality is that it is far better to look to the future and demand the option of extensive stem cell application, recognizing it as a feasible and true solution to treat arthritis of the joints and the spine. To that fight, which is really “thinking big” … we must all unite!
So if you, a family member, or friend need to be evaluated to find out if Stem cell treatments are a viable option, please call us at (305) 598-7777. Remember that by mentioning this article the first consultation is free. If you want to contact the doctor directly, please do so via email: email@example.com or for more information visit our website: www.stemcellmia.com or follow us on our Facebook Page & Twitter @StemCellMia or you can also watch our amazing testimonial videos on our YouTube channel.
Hace dos días, leí con interés una carta de mis colegas de la Asociación Americana de Médicos del Dolor, en la cual se informaba que a partir de Julio del 2016 se negaban (en el estado de Oregón), los bloqueos para controlar los dolores bajo la cobertura de seguros médicos. En su lugar, las autoridades de salud de Oregón han recomendado el uso de masajes y acupuntura.
Esto no es una broma, sino uno de los múltiples ejemplos de una mentalidad completamente retrógrada y también de cómo nuestro gran país continúa “perdiendo terreno” cada día. Lamentablemente, esto provoca que la mediocridad se vaya apoderando de muchas de nuestras instituciones como un cáncer que se perpetúa, bajo la mirada indiferente de muchos y bajo la complicidad de otros.
Esta mañana conversaba con un paciente (Victorio) en el salón de procedimientos, mientras extraía sus células madre de médula ósea y grasa. El procedimiento que se realiza bajo “sedación consciente” es totalmente indoloro y el paciente nunca pierde la conciencia, como sucede con el uso de la anestesia general. En otras palabras, el paciente yace confortablemente sin sentir dolor, hablando con el doctor mientras este realiza tranquilamente el procedimiento de extracción de células madre. ¡Otro milagro de la medicina moderna aplicado en el campo de la Medicina Regenerativa con células madre!
Curiosamente, a Victorio ya le habíamos implantado (hacía dos años) exitosamente sus propias células en su hombro derecho y desde entonces, había dejado de dolerle y también había recuperado su movilidad casi completamente, algo bien cerca de considerarse “casi curado”, sin necesidad de someterse a una complicada e invasiva cirugía.
Approximately 15 years ago, I became one of the first doctors to graduate as a Specialist in Pain Management through the American Academy of Medical Specialties in the USA. To achieve this, I had to thoroughly train in all known techniques to control pain and also undergo an extensive national theoretical and practical examination.
Pain management is an important focal part of my professional life, that is to say, “my daily bread” (since it is my specialty) and being in this demanding field has brought me tremendous challenges that I have had to overcome and I continue to face new demanding challenges with my patients every day in our institute. Pain deteriorates a person progressively, not only physically, but also psychologically, until all hope and level of self-esteem is basically lost. Afterwards, the person is continuously transformed into someone totally unknown and that will eventually learn to accept any type of treatment, regardless of its consequences or possible level of complications.
As this year comes to an end, it has left us with exceptionally positive results regarding the application of Autologous Stem Cells in our StemCell Miami Institute.
In 2016 we performed more than 700 Stem Cell procedures, in addition to around 200 PRP procedures (Platelet Rich Plasma). The most common symptoms treated this year were mostly arthritis related, including: knee, hip & lumbar spine, wearing of the lumbar discs, cervical spine and also rupture of shoulder tendons, as well as numerous cases of peripheral neuropathy.
Este año está llegando oficialmente a su fin, pero nos ha dejado un resultado excepcionalmente positivo en cuanto a la aplicación de las Células Madre Autólogas Adultas en nuestro Instituto.
En el 2016 hemos efectuado más de 700 procedimientos de Células Madre, además de alrededor de 200 procedimientos de PRP (Plasma Rico en Plaquetas) y las enfermedades ortopédicas tratadas principalmente este año fueron: artritis de la rodilla, desgaste de los discos lumbares, artritis de la cadera, artritis de la columna lumbar, artritis de la columna cervical, artritis y ruptura de tendones del hombro y la neuropatía periférica.