Cell therapy is the process of deriving adult stem and regenerative cells from your own body fat and delivering them to 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.
Adult Stem Cell Therapy and the Cycle of Chronic Disease
To understand what stem cells are capable of first requires an understanding of a concept known as The Cycle of Disease. Although not all chronic disease is created equal with the same components, many share common denominators such as early inflammation, immune response, loss of blood supply, premature cell/tissue death and resultant scarring.
The treatment protocols of Okyanos are based on a thorough understanding of the multiple factors involved in each of the disease processes we treat. Stem cells have the unique advantage that they are able to address multiple aspects of the Cycle of Disease in a single treatment. Adult stem cells could be thought of as small physicians in the way that they go to work healing and repairing the body on a daily basis. Stem cells exist throughout our bodies and are responsible for healing our bumps and bruises and helping us recover from every day wear-and-tear.
Restorative adult stem cells can be separated from your fat tissue and delivered to specific areas of the body in need of special attention. Because they have the capacity to detect issues in the body which are causing pain or dysfunction, stem cells are able to respond and provide the correct “tools” needed for healing.
Key Functions of Adult Stem Cells
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:
- 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.
- These cells also provide an anti-inflammatory effect which aids in healing.
- They encourage repair of damaged tissue and regeneration of new, healthy tissue.
- Adult stem cells also aid in reducing the size of any scar tissue, such as that which forms after a heart attack, wounds, or injury to a joint.
- The unique combination of stem and regenerative cells present in adipose (fat) have demonstrated remarkable effectiveness in halting destructive immune response.
- Last but not least, your own fat-derived stem cells can prevent premature cell death.
During your adult stem cell treatment, fat-derived cells will be delivered by direct injection or by IV infusion. These cell “physicians” secrete growth and repair factors and can turn on the body’s native ability to repair itself. The unique blend of stem and regenerative cells found in your fat tissue has demonstrated remarkable effectiveness in halting destructive immune response, restoring function by providing cellular-level repair of damage, increasing blood flow and reducing inflammation.
At Okyanos, Adipose-Derived Stem and Regenerative Cells (ADRCs) are isolated and prepared for intravenous delivery utilizing a closed/sterile, fully automated CGMP cell processing system. This pure cell preparation is used in the systemic treatment of heart disease and other conditions such as inflammatory arthritis, autoimmune diseases and neurological disorders.
For patients receiving direct injections, a closed/sterile, manually operated cell processing technology will also be used to obtain a micro-fragmented, cell-rich product for injection. This cell processing system is used to produce a cell solution which can engraft to the damaged tissue or bone, further aiding the healing process.
YOUR OWN FAT-DERIVED STEM CELLS ARE SAFE
Stem and regenerative cells from a patient’s own adipose tissue are recognized as one of the best sources of therapeutically relevant stem cells. The leading cell processing technology used at Okyanos has been available for use in Europe since 2006, during which time more than 5,000 patients have been treated with ADRCs without any serious safety concerns or cell-related adverse events.
The same is true at Okyanos. Further, because they are your own fat cells (and many of us have a few to spare), there is no risk of rejection. To learn more, you may contact a Patient Liaison by requesting a free educational consultation or dialing 855.OKYANOS (659.2667).
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