A few weeks ago, I read a thought-provoking article about fibromyalgia and I would like to discuss a bit further about this terrible illness and how Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell treatments can greatly help patients that suffer from this particular medical condition.
Consistent with what was mentioned in this article, fibromyalgia involves a group of symptoms in which generalized pain is predominant and the patients tend to experience pain in multiple areas of their bodies simultaneously, often also accompanied by constant fatigue and even symptoms of depression.
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.
Después de 15 años trabajando en medicina regenerativa con diferentes tipos de células madre y acumular una invaluable experiencia y como todo aquel pionero en un nuevo campo, consistentemente me enfrento a diferentes retos aún no resueltos. El mayor de todos en estos momentos según mi experiencia, es el envejecimiento celular.
No solo cada individuo envejece, sino que obviamente envejecen sus propias células madre también. La ciencia moderna, específicamente la biología celular reconoce que la edad afecta negativamente el potencial regenerativo y de reparación del individuo, pero poco se conoce cómo afecta directamente el potencial regenerativo de las células madre de grasa y de médula ósea.
Curiosamente ayer, leía un artículo en el National Post sobre el uso de células madres en Canadá. El artículo comenzaba con un testimonio de una canadiense de Toronto, Maureen Munsie de 63 años, la cual fue inyectada con sus propias células madre en el tobillo, debido a una artritis que la incapacitaba al punto de no poder subir escaleras. Sin embargo, tres meses después del implante, ella se había recuperado a tal nivel ¡que se había podido ir de vacaciones a la Patagonia!
Este resultado de la canadiense Maureen no es algo fuera de lo común, incluso diría, que es también la regla para mis pacientes tratados aquí en Miami, a los cuales igualmente les he trasplantado sus células en el tobillo (por una artritis degenerativa similar), con nuestro exitoso sistema patentado llamado: Prometeo, por los últimos 7 años y sin ningún efecto colateral.
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!
Esta semana quiero comentar sobre un artículo inicialmente publicado por la prestigiosa BMJ (Revista de Músculo y Huesos) en inglés y recientemente también en español (por El Nuevo Herald) discutiendo el polémico tema sobre la ineficacia de la artroscopia.
La artroscopia es una operación muy popular donde se “pretende” reparar los meniscos y el cartílago dañado, mediante unas pequeñas incisiones a través de una cámara de video. Se practica más de 700,000 veces al año, mayormente en la rodilla. Sin embargo, cerca de 15 estudios médicos recientes (conducidos en más de 1,700 pacientes) muestran que la operación no proporciona alivio, ni mejora la función de la articulación y muestra múltiples complicaciones tales como infecciones, que pueden ser muy serias. ¡Todo esto a costa de un astronómico costo de más de 3,000.00 millones de dólares!
About 14 years ago, I started working in the field of what is now known as Regenerative Medicine or Ortho-Biological Medicine. In these 14 years, I pleasantly observed how the field has developed and also how the treatments are becoming more and more successful, but this level of success is only guaranteed based on the actual quality of the product being used.
Using top quality Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) as well as the Autologous Stem Cells obtained for the treatment is of utmost importance for the overall effectiveness of the treatment. Our StemCell Miami institute has had so much success over the years, strictly because we always strive to provide our patients with the best quality autologous Ortho-Biological products. For example, we have our Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) which is extracted from one’s own blood with a special process and used in cases of chronic inflammations in tendons and bursae (either in the shoulder, hip, knee or foot). As long as the PRP is double-spun on a special PRP machine (like ours), you have a 90% chance of improvement.
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.