Autoimmune disorders affect as many as 50 million Americans today, according to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association. Diseases like rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have a profound impact on the quality of life of the sufferer, affecting the ability to perform basic tasks and causing chronic pain and disfigurement. Until recently, the primary way to address these chronic conditions was through pharmacotherapy, which was not without its share of side effects – some of which could be severe. In addition, medication is not always effective in controlling the debilitating symptoms of disorders like RA.
Today, an alternative treatment is surfacing that promises to take management of RA to a whole new level. Stem cell therapy is an innovative way to work with the natural processes of the body to reverse the progression of RA and reduce painful symptoms that currently exist. Stem cells from your body contain immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory properties that suppress the activity of the immune system leading to these diseases and reduce the inflammation that typically accompanies them.
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
This chronic disease occurs when the body’s immune system turns on the body, attacking its tissue to create inflammation, pain and disfigurement. In the case of RA, the attacks begin on the lining of the joints in the fingers and toes. The condition may advance to other areas of the body, including the lungs, eyes and skin. Even your blood vessels can become damaged as a result of RA left unchecked over a period.
RA is a progressive disease without a cure at this time. The condition can lead to permanent damage in the joints that affects your ability to function on a day-to-day basis. Some sufferers will find the disease to be sporadic, with “flare-ups” followed by periods of remission. Others experience continuous and degenerative symptoms as the condition continues to worsen over time.
What is Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cell therapy uses specific cells in the body known as stem cells to stimulate the body’s healing response. When the stem cells are administered directly to the area where damage has occurred due to injury or disease, the stem cells can reverse the damage and create healthier tissue. In the case of an autoimmune disease like RA, the immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory properties in the stem cells may provide further benefit in reducing painful symptoms.
Stem cell therapy is a very new approach to treating RA and is not used by many physicians at this time. Dr. Welter and the staff at Regeneris Medical have been using stem cell therapy for a variety of medical and cosmetic purposes with great success. They have refined the treatment process to produce the most efficient results possible, offering their patients superior outcomes over other physicians that have just begun to introduce this treatment method.
Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy over Other Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatments
Stem cell therapy is a natural way of addressing the painful symptoms and degenerative nature of RA. By extracting mesenchymal stem cells from your adipose tissue, we can stimulate your body to heal itself through regeneration on a cellular level. The procedure leads to results over time that are both dramatic and long-lasting. There are many reasons to choose stem cell therapy for RA when other procedures haven’t been effective or even in place of medications and other types of treatment:
- The process is minimally-invasive and completely natural
- The body’s healing processes are stimulated for long-lasting results
- Risks associated with this procedure are minimal
- Can be performed using local anesthetic
- No visible scarring or recovery time after the procedure
- Potentially severe side effects of medication are eliminated
While stem cell therapy for the treatment of autoimmune disorders is still relatively new, clinical studies have shown significant promise. Pain is reduced with adverse side effects, and many patients have seen substantial improvement in the degenerative effects that typically lead to debilitation and disfigurement over time.
State-of-the-Art Stem Cell Extraction
Stem cells can be extracted from different areas of the body, including your blood and bone marrow. However, scientists have recently discovered that the greatest concentration of mesenchymal stem cells is found in the fat tissue of the body. Be removing the excess fat through minimally-invasive liposuction techniques; we can collect ample stem cells to produce a positive effect on RA after just one treatment. We use a state-of-the-art stromal vascular fraction or SVF technology to process fat so that even more stem cells can be extracted. This higher count is critical to ensuring the most effective procedure and the best possible results.
About the Procedure
Stem cell therapy for RA begins with the removal of fat tissue using minimally-invasive liposuction techniques that only require a local anesthetic. While the abdomen is the most common areas for this procedure, we can also remove adipose tissue from the buttocks, hips and thighs. The fat tissue is then processed to separate out the stem cells for the second step of the treatment.
Harvested stem cells are prepared for injection directly into the affected joints, where they can have the greatest effect. Injections are not overly painful and do not require any anesthetic. No incisions are used, eliminating visible scarring after the treatment. Despite the ease of the procedure, the injected stem cells go to work to repair damaged tissue, alleviating painful symptoms and restoring function to the joint.
Your Recovery and Results
There is minimal recovery after stem cell therapy. Patients may opt to take a day or two off to heal from the liposuction procedure, but no downtime is needed after the stem cell injections. The time required to see results varies considerably from patient to patient. While the majority start to see positive changes within three to six months, some notice improvement as early as one month later. The results will be long-lasting as the body takes on the task of healing itself and reversing the damage caused by RA.
Until now, there have been few treatments for RA that were sufficiently effective and did not cause uncomfortable side effects. Stem cell therapy is positioned to change the trend, giving RA sufferers a new, less-invasive way to reverse the devastating effects of the disease. To learn more about stem cell therapy as a treatment for autoimmune disorders like RA, contact Regeneris Medical at 855-734-3678.
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Whether you are experiencing pain as a result of injury or trauma, or if a condition such as arthritis has made it difficult to stand, walk, or run, our doctors can discuss your candidacy for regenerative treatments as well as answer any other questions you may have. Each case is unique, so personal consultations and customized treatment plans are determined based on your condition and goals.
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