One of the most interesting aspects of stem cells is how we can basically predict “when and how” they will work, regardless of age, race and gender of patients. Although it is somewhat a puzzle as to how they function in general, we can definitely now hypothesize as to how they act in the affected area in which they are introduced, whether it be the spine, knee and hip or even on peripheral nerves.
These miraculous cells are small seedlings found in our body since birth and are responsible for our growth (during our youth and adolescence) until we reach our “pinnacle period” between 30 and 35 years old. Unfortunately, (as we are not immortal) stem cells will begin to grow scarcer over the years, which we now understand is the process of aging.
This week I am sharing with you a new version of an article that I published over a year ago, and based on the impressive results we have experienced in the last year, I continue to feel confident that stem cells are a magnificent option to “insure” your life.
A while back, I had a visit from Jose, a very respectable 76 year old gentleman that was looking for second opinion on the possibility to use stem cells to cure his debilitating leuchemia. His bone marrow stem cells had simply stopped working y he continued to have a recuction in red & white cell blood count, as well as his plateletets. He had already consulted with the Oncology departments at various local hospitals, but none had offered the option of a stem cell transplant.
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!
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.
One of the most interesting aspects of Stem Cells is how we can basically predict “when and how” they will work, regardless of age, race and gender of patients. Although it is a puzzle as to how they function in general, we can theorize as to how they act in the affected area in which they are introduced, whether it be the spine, knee, hip, or peripheral nerves.
These cells are small seedlings found in our body since birth and are responsible for our growth (during our youth and adolescence) until we reach our “pinnacle period” between 30 and 35 years old. Unfortunately, (as we are not immortal) Stem Cells will begin to grow scarcer over the years, which we now understand is the process of aging.
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.