Wounds that do not advance through the normal phases of healing and have not healed within three months are often considered chronic wounds. Frequently, they stall in the inflammation stage of healing. Wounds can become chronic as a result of poor blood flow (ischemia), autoimmune dysfunction, degenerative conditions such as lupus or diabetes (diabetic ulcers), radiation burns or even malnutrition. Adult stem cell therapy is an effective new option for patients who are living with chronic, non-healing wounds.
For an overview of how our stem cell therapy can help with chronic wounds such as diabetic ulcers, watch our video with Dr. Marc Penn.
What can stem cell therapy do for chronic wounds?
A healthy blood supply is essential for healing of wounds. Blood supplies the oxygen and nutrients necessary to restore health and vitality, and in fact your wounds can’t heal without it. The stem cells stored in your body fat have the capability of stimulating new blood vessel growth, a process which supplies wounds with sufficient blood for healing.
Your fatty tissue is also home to a mixed population of cells which are able to secrete vital growth factors. These are substances that are required for the normal process of wound healing to take place. The combination of these growth factors along with new blood vessel growth produces visible improvements of chronic wounds such as:
- Decreased inflammation
- Reduction of diameter and depth of ulcer
- Decreased pain
- Improved cosmetic appearance
- In many cases, complete wound closure
Stem cell treatment at Okyanos is a minimally invasive, same-day outpatient procedure. Though recovery can and does vary from patient to patient, our protocols are designed and carried out with the goal of keeping “downtime” to a minimum. A general overview of the procedure is as follows:
- First, water-assisted fat harvesting is done to obtain a sufficient amount of adipose (fat) tissue.
- The unique blend of stem and regenerative cells which exist in the adipose tissue are then isolated and prepared for delivery using a proprietary closed/sterile, fully automated CGMP cell processing system. In about 65 minutes, the highly potent SVF is ready for direct injections and IV infusions.
- The physician will administer direct injections of the SVF / stem cells to the area around the base of the wound.
- The SVF/stem cells are then administered intravenously (IV) to address the systemic factors relating to wound healing.
The Best Care & Safety
Treatment timeframes are usually three days and may vary slightly depending on the personalized plan:
- Day 1: Pre-operative session includes an office visit with the medical staff for a final detailed review of the patient’s treatment plan and answer any questions from the patient and family members.
- Day 2: The patient undergoes treatment and briefly rests in our comfortable facility before being escorted back to their hotel for the evening.
- Day 3: Post-operative session involves a brief physical at Okyanos and a discharge plan discussion. The physician reviews the post treatment recommendations, the follow up communication plan and clears the patient to go home.
For a more detailed understanding of what you can expect, watch our video series with Gretchen Dezelick, RN and Director of Clinical Operations.
For a detailed understanding of stem cell safety at Okyanos, watch our video below.