What Is Adult Stem Cell Therapy?

What is Cardiac Stem Cell Therapy?Adult stem cell therapy is the process of delivering stem cells, derived from your own body fat, back into damaged or injured areas of the body to help repair or replace damaged tissue, reduce inflammation and improve blood flow. Okyanos Cell Therapy is now available to patients with a variety of chronic conditions who qualify for the procedure.

How Adult Stem Cell Therapy Repairs the Body 

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Adult stem cells exist throughout our bodies and are responsible for healing our bumps and bruises and helping us recover from everyday wear and tear. They could be thought of as small physicians in the way that they go to work healing and repairing the body on a daily basis. 

These restorative cells can be isolated from your fat tissue and targeted to specific areas of the body in need of special attention. Because they have the capacity to detect changes in the body which are causing pain or dysfunction, they are then able to respond and communicate with the local environmental needs to provide the correct tools needed for healing.

What Happens When The Cells Go Back Into Your Body?

During your treatment, fat-derived stem cells will be delivered to the area being treated via direct injection, by IV infusion or catheterization. Fascinatingly, once injected, these cell “doctors” secrete proteins and growth factors, and we eventually begin to see them turn on the body’s native ability to repair itself.

The Cytori Celution® System is used to isolate and prepare stem cells for the treatment of heart failure and other systemic diseases requiring IV infusion. In the case of direct orthopedic or chronic wound injections, the European-approved Lipogems® cell processing system is used to help the cells engraft to the damaged tissue or bone, further aiding the healing process.

The 5 Key Mechanisms of Adult Stem Cells

The unique blend of stem and regenerative cells found in your fat tissue has demonstrated remarkable effectiveness in halting destructive immune response and restoring the body to a level of normal function by providing cellular-level repair of damage, increasing blood flow and reducing inflammation.

Although your adult stem cells have the capacity to repair or replace damaged tissue, the powerful cells which reside in your body fat (or adipose tissue) have a few other important functions which make them uniquely qualified for the job of treating chronic disease:

  1. Your own adult stem cells can facilitate the growth of new blood vessels, a process known as angiogenesis, which leads to improved blood flow in tissue.
  2. These cells also provide an anti-inflammatory effect which aids in healing.
  3. Further, they attach themselves to damaged tissue and recruit other cells that are necessary for tissue repair.
  4. Adult stem cells also aid in reducing the size of any scar tissue, such as that which forms after a heart attack, other wounds or injury to a joint.
  5. Last but not least, your own fat-derived stem cells can prevent continued cell death.

Your Own Fat-Derived Stem Cells Are Safe

Studies conducted thus far have no shown safety issues in patients using fat-derived adult stem cells. Because they are your own fat cells there is no risk of rejection. There have been no reports of procedural related infections in the fat harvest or injection sites.

To learn more, you may contact a Patient Liaison by requesting a free educational consultation or dialing 855.OKYANOS (659.2667).

View article references in our educational Patient Resource Center.


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