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Stem Cells TherapyIrvine, CA

Stem cell therapy involves regenerating cells to treat a range of diseases, infections, and injuries. Our bodies have natural stem cells that allow various cells to function. However, some patients may be missing stem cells or have affected cells due to a health condition or recent injury. The healing power of stem cell therapy can help to improve your condition along with the overall function and health of your body.

At Harbor Medical Clinic and Wellness Center, we offer stem cell therapy for patients experiencing cell degeneration for any reason. Our team can provide treatment before helping you achieve a speedy and safe recovery. To learn more about a procedure or schedule an appointment, call 1-949-551-1234 today.

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    What is Stem Cells Therapy?

    Stem cell therapy is arguably the most popular form of regenerative medicine available today. As the name suggests, stem cell therapy utilizes the cells from which every other cell with specialized functions "stems." These cells can, under the right condition, divide to form more cells known as daughter cells.

    Daughter cells can either self-renew or differentiate to become specialized cells with a more specific function. These functions may be heart muscle, blood, bone, or brain cells. Our team can guide daughter cells into becoming specific cells, facilitating healing, regenerating, and repairing diseased or damaged tissues.

    Good Candidates for Stem Cells Therapy

    Stem cells may come from the patient's own tissues (e.g., fat or bone marrow). The Mayo Clinic adds that, recent research has found that adult stem cells may be able to create various types of cells; in other words, fat stem cells may create bone cells. Stem cells may also come from adult cells altered via genetic reprogramming.

    Good candidates for stem cell therapy include those suffering from a disease, health condition, or injury. For example, bone marrow transplants use adult bone marrow cells to treat blood disease in patients whose bone marrow cells have been damaged by chemotherapy or disease. Others who might benefit from stem cell therapies include those with:

    • Spinal cord injuries
    • Type 1 diabetes
    • Parkinson’s disease
    • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
    • Alzheimer’s disease
    • Heart disease
    • Stroke
    • Burns
    • Cancer
    • Osteoarthritis

    During the initial consultation and after running some tests, we can determine whether stem cell therapy is a viable option for a patient.

    How Stem Cells Therapy Works

    Stem cell therapy is the next phase of regenerative medicine that will replace the need for many organ transplants as they are hard to come by. Stem cells are created in a lab and chemically engineered into various other types of cells, such as muscle cells, blood cells, or nerve cells. The new specialized cells are then injected into the affected site and work to repair the damaged tissue or diseased cells.

    To begin treatment, we conduct a thorough physical examination and run tests to determine the patient’s current health and the stem cell therapy they require. On the day of treatment, we will help patients relax as we prepare them for the procedure. While most stem cell therapies only take a few hours to complete, the effects of treatment may take weeks or months to show noticeable changes, depending on the patient and the type of therapy they undergo. We will continually monitor the patient’s progress and look for signs of recovery.

    Risks and Complications

    Presently, only a few stem cell therapies have been approved by the FDA. These include Fedratinib, a first-line therapy for myelofibrosis(scarring of the bone marrow), and Glasdegib, a combination therapy with low dose are-C for patients 75 years of age and older with acute myelogenous leukemia. A variety of other clinical trials for adult stem cell therapies are underway to support the treatment of autoimmune diseases and help patients tolerate transplanted organs.

    As such, patients may face complications when undergoing stem cell therapies currently in trial or not approved by the FDA, especially those in foreign countries. In many cases, stem cell therapies can do more harm than good. Patients may also pay large sums of money and undergo a tremendous amount of treatments that could just be saline. It is important to research and speak to a qualified medical professional prior to undergoing any treatment, especially those still under evaluation.

    Schedule a Visit Today

    Stem cell therapy consultations and treatments are available at our office. The Harbor Medical Clinic and Wellness Center team looks forward to treating you and helping you recover. Call our office at 1-949-551-1234 to learn more or schedule an appointment.

    Frequently Asked Questions About Stem Cells Therapy

    What can Stem Cells Therapy treat?

    Stem cell therapy can treat many diseases and conditions. However, it works best for diseases caused by one or more faulty cells. By scheduling an appointment with us, learn if this treatment is right for you.

    What are adult stem cells?

    Adult stem cells are matured cells that can be found in infants, children, and adults. These types of cells cannot be easily manipulated to perform functions of other cells as embryonic cells can. For instance, blood stem cells can only become or regenerate new blood cells, not skin or brain cells.

    What are embryonic stem cells?

    Embryonic stem cells are harvested during an embryo’s blastocyst stage (about five or six days after fertilizing an embryo in a lab). These cells have a higher potential to become any type of cell, much more than adult stem cells.

    Where are adult stem cells typically retrieved from?

    Adult stem cells are most frequently obtained from the iliac crest or the outer part of the pelvis. To obtain stem cells this way, we insert a needle into the iliac bone and withdraw the bone marrow through the needle. We may obtain several samples from one area before separating the stem cells from the other cells.

    How long does stem cell therapy take?

    The procedure itself only takes a few hours to complete. However, the effects of stem cell therapy may take weeks to a few months, depending on the patient’s case. Some patients may see improved symptoms and well-being within the first few weeks. We will discuss this all during the first visit and schedule follow-up appointments throughout to monitor your progress.

    Contact Us

    Harbor Medical Clinic and Wellness Center is located at 33 Creek Rd., Building C, Suite 310 Irvine, CA 92604.

    (949) 551-1234