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.
The ligamentization process is frustrating because it is an unseen rate limiting step in an athlete’s recovery. Some athletes regain motion, strength, and proprioception at the six-month mark and appear outwardly healed, but the level of ligamentization of their graft is unknown and therefore a return to sport can jeopardize their recovery. For this reason, it is ideal to allow athletes recovering from ACL reconstruction as much time for rehabilitation as logistically possible, assuming it doesn’t jeopardize their return to sport timeline. Many instances of ACL reconstruction failure can be attributed to a failure of graft incorporation and/or the ligamentization process, so giving the athlete adequate time for recovery is best.
Recently, I experienced one of those days that made me feel very proud about the use of stem cells. It would have been accurately described as “a perfect game”, just like my friend, stem cell patient, and famous baseball player Tony “Tany” Perez, often would say.
Of the 12 patients I examined yesterday (6 weeks after the implantation of their stem cells and as required by our protocol), all of them responded extremely positively to their treatments and none of them had any reported adverse side-effects. I reiterate (as I have done numerous times in the past) that these amazing results are somewhat unusual and basically unparalleled, even when compared to modern medicine standards.
Like I have consistently mentioned on many of my previous articles, the unlimited capacities of autologous stem cells and platelets never ceases to amaze me.
While at our StemCell Miami Institute (one of the few in the world) we specialize in treating orthopedic related illnesses like: osteoarthritis of the knee, hip, shoulder and issues related to the spine, there are times when we also try to help patients in need of treatments that are outside of the “true realm” of our medical specialty. Such is the case with Denisse, a close family friend and owner of a busy Nicaraguan restaurant in the city of Doral, where she unfortunately poured (by accident) a pot of hot oil all over the back of her legs, causing her a painful second degree type burn.
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.
En el 1991, se descubrió congelado en los Alpes un hombre conservado casi intacto, por más de 5000 años. Recibió el nombre de Ötzi y hasta la fecha, ha tenido el honor de ser el humano mas estudiado en la historia. Cientos de radiografías, tomografías y pruebas de ADN se le han realizado a través de todos estos años para conocer el tipo de vida, cómo se alimentaban y de qué enfermedades sufrían nuestros ancestros.
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: 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.
Jeannine C. is a licensed Zumba instructor that currently resides in Key Largo, Florida. Approximately a year ago, she started suffering from a progressive pain on her right knee, that (unfortunately) even after engaging in multiple physical therapy sessions and taking endless pain medications, the excruciating knee pain continued to bother her, to the point that she had to stop undertaking in her “true life’s passion”: being a Zumba class instructor.
Jeannine first decided to seek the advice of a medical professional / orthopedic surgeon, which after evaluating her condition, quickly recommended that she needed to undergo a complete knew replacement surgery. The almost devastating news, left Jeanine in a sad state of total despair & hopelessness, since she understood that having such type of invasive procedure, also required an extensive post-surgery rehabilitation process and strenuous physical therapy sessions.
In addition, having this type of surgery would ultimately mean that Jeannine would not be able to teach her beloved Zumba classes for an extended period of time, since she would basically have to “learn how to walk properly” with her new prosthetic / knee implant.
Furthermore, she was extremely concerned about the many possible complications and adverse post-surgery reactions including: lung blood clogs, possibly developing a myriad of dangerous infections and/or concerns of adverse type reactions to undergoing general anesthesia etc.
To make matters worse, the orthopedic surgeon also clearly explained to Jeannine that there was a rather unfortunate possibility that (even after the surgery) she would not to be able to conduct her Zumba classes to the full extent or level of high intensity that she was used to before, due the likelihood of risking an early “wear and tear” type complication, loosening of the newly implanted prosthesis, or even the dangerous risk of this surgery causing Metalosis (a putative medical condition involving deposition and build-up of metal debris in the soft tissues of the body. Metalosis has been hypothesized to occur when metallic components in medical implants, specifically joint replacements, abrade against one another and could cause an adverse toxic reaction in the body).
Fortunately, Jeanine had recently heard about the amazing results that one of her Zumba students had experienced with a recent Stem Cell transplant in her knee, which allowed this student (only 6 months after her implant) to not only almost eliminate all pain related issues, but also helped to greatly improve her level of mobility and overall muscular strength, positively enough that she was encouraged to return to her usual (rather strenuous) physical regimen, including re-attending her Zumba sessions!
So Jeannine (after hearing the amazing testimony of her student) started vigorously researching about Autologous Stem Cell treatments and nearby medical institutions (to her Key Largo hometown) where these innovative procedures where being conducted. Luckily, Jeannine quickly learned about Dr. Ramon Castellanos and his proven track record (of almost 15 years) successfully conducting this type of orthopedic procedure and thus, quickly arranged to have the StemCell Miami team evaluate her painful condition.
After her initial consultation and thoroughly evaluating all her medical records and most recent MRI, Dr. Castellanos and his team of experts unanimously determined that she was an ideal candidate to have her own Stem Cells transplanted into her injured knee, and that is exactly what occurred at our institute early yesterday morning.
What we are expecting to happen after Jeannine’s procedure, is that her own newly transplanted stem cells would quickly start identifying the damaged tissue / cartilage area (what I often colloquially refer to as a “bump in the road” in the case of the damaged cartilage) and then having these new cells integrate with her old damaged cells (currently in a dormant state of hibernation) and basically just “bring them back to life!”
In other words, basically “wake the old cells up”, so they can start regenerating the damaged cartilage in her knee and consequently, basically healing the impaired knee naturally (identically to what happened to her Zumba student).
So if you, a friend or family member would like to learn more about Regenerative Medicine, PRP & Stem Cell treatments, please contact StemCell Miami at: (305) 598-7777 to schedule a consultation. For additional information, you can visit our website: www.stemcellmia.com or subscribe to our YouTube channel @Stemcellmiami, or also follow us on Facebook & Twitter. If you would like to ask the doctor a specific question, please do so via his direct e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Earlier today, I was talking to a patient (Victorio) in the procedure room, while extracting his stem cells from bone marrow and fat. This procedure is performed under “conscious sedation”, which means that the patient is awake during the entire procedure (and is under no pain), unlike the case when using general anesthesia during a surgery. During this time, the patient is fully capable to speak with the doctor, as he is guided through the complete procedure. For many people, this is a great advantage to surgery, which many times is rather invasive and the patient is completely unaware of what going on and also possess the risk of anesthesia induced negative side-effects.
We had already successfully implanted Victorio’s stem cells on his right shoulder two years ago and since then, he had successfully recovered his mobility (almost completely) and without the need to undergo a complicated and invasive surgery.
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.