Welcome back to the Seattle Stem Cell Center blog. On this portion of our site, we like to use our space to go into deeper dives on topics that pop up as FAQs, talk about the science behind stem cells, their uses and much more. This time we are going to enter the next logical question, ‘What is stem cell therapy?’ It’s the focus of our work here at the Seattle Stem Cell Center so we are happy to answer this question.
First a quick disclaimer, in this blog we will be talking about what stem cell therapy is in general and how our specific process works. We cannot speak for every stem cell center, and in fact, wouldn’t want to, some get their stem cells for treatments from cadavers while we only use those provided by the patient’s own body.
Stem Cell Therapy – The Basics
Stem cell therapy utilizes stem cells, in our case autologous stem cells, to promote the repair reaction of injured, diseased, or otherwise harmed tissues. That may be a step too deep to understand, let’s take a step back.
Think of an organ transplant. A donor donates their functioning kidney to another person whose kidney has failed. They replace the dysfunctional organ with a new, healthy one. The body adapts, heals, and gets back to its healthy state.
Stem cell therapy is like that but on a microscopic scale. It is the transplant of healthy, functioning stem cells from a donor (in our case yourself!) and planting them into a trauma area or injury and inducing the repairing of your cells, in turn, heal the tissues, in turn, rebuild the organs or whatever area is being treated.
How Does the Process Work
In our treatment facilities, the process begins with you. First, your own stem cells are harvest from fat tissue. In our sterile treatment facility, we administer a local anesthetic and remove fat cells, traditionally from the flank or abdomen, over the course of about twenty minutes. In total, we’ll extract less than 50-100cc of fat, that is like 1-2 sticks of butter of fat. These cells stay in a special, sterilized ‘closed system,’ never coming into contact with the environment from collection to use. You receive your living stem cell treatment the same day. The entire process usually takes about 3 hours.
In the follow-up treatments, these autologous stem cells are then deployed to the targeted injury, promoting the generation of new tissue and regeneration of healthy cells. Typically, this is done through injections, deploying a concentration of the useful cells that had previously been locked in fat cells.
Think of it as a jumpstart to the natural healing process of your body, turbocharging it to get the process of healing underway as fast, and as efficient as possible.
The fact that these are autologous stem cells means it is much less likely for your body to not respond to the procedure, or to reject the cells.
What Happens After Stem Cell Therapy?
Depending on the injury or illness you are seeking treatment for, you could begin seeing relief at an astonishing rate. Some patients of stem cell therapy who have had the procedure done report a relief in pain as early as in two weeks. Their knees were torn up from years of intense athletics, and rather than have a full knee replacement done, they turned to stem cell therapy to heal their body with their own stem cells!
In doing the procedure here at Seattle Stem Cell Center, you also benefit by being a part of a clinical trial. You’ll have access to critical data not offered at other facilities, and the level of care is being held to the highest standard.
At Seattle Stem Cell Center, we don’t offer a ‘run of the mill’ stem cell therapy. Here we offer a holistic approach, meaning the plan includes so much more than just stem cell injections to treat the whole picture. It includes follow up treatments and nutritional guidance. Our holistic approach means that look at the broad picture, and treat you as a unique individual.
If you have any other questions, please check out our FAQ page or contact us, we’re here to answer all questions and help you understand exactly what is stem cell therapy. Excited to get started on your own treatment plan or to bank your own healthy stem cells for later procedures? Contact us, fill out a Health Intake Form, and find out what your own stem cells and stem cell therapy can do for you!