Knee replacement surgery is often recommended for older adults who experience knee pain or have mobility problems such as walking or climbing stairs. However, knee replacement surgery, as with most surgeries, has certain risks and will require physical therapy for 1 to 2 months. For those with active lifestyles, a knee replacement implant may force you to give up certain high-impact activities such as jogging and sports for the rest of your life.
For these reasons, many patients have turned to stem cell therapy as an alternative to knee replacement surgery. With stem cell therapy, the patient’s own stem cells are harvested and injected into the damage joint. Since stem cell have the special ability to transform into specialized cells, they are able to create new cartilage in the knee.
The biggest reason why stem cell therapy is a popular alternative over knee replacement surgery is the fast recovery time. Stem cell therapy is an outpatient procedure. Most patients are able to walk around within 24 hours and will often wear a knee brace for a short period of time.
With knee surgery on the other hand, patients will usually stay in the hospital for 1 to 2 days before being allowed to go home. Afterwards, patients will have to go through some form of physical therapy which usually consists of:
A graduated walking program to slowly increase your mobility
Slowly resuming your normal household activities
Patients will most likely be able to resume driving after 4 to 6 weeks after surgery.
Since stem cells are a natural part of your body, there is virtually no risks to the patient’s health and the chance of an infection or rejection is very small. Knee surgery, which is a common procedure, has some risks though the possibility of them occurring are low. Some of those risks include:
Blood clots in the leg vein or lungs
Resume Your Normal Life
After knee surgery, your doctor may advise you to avoid certain activities that may put too much force on your knee and damage the implant or cause it to become loosen and become painful. With stem cell treatment, the procedure rebuilds the damage or lost cartilage, allowing you to enjoy your normal life without pain or restriction in movement. In fact, many top athletes have used stem cell treatment as an alternative to knee surgery for this reason.
No Need for Additional Treatment
In some cases, knee replacement patients may need to have additional surgery if they damage the implant during the first few weeks of recovery. Afterwards, the knee implant may have to be replaced as a result of normal wear and tear. Approximately 15% of knee replacement patients will have
…the Most Advanced Stem Cell Face Lift Procedure
The Institute of Regenerative Medicine is proud to announce the arrival of our newest and most advanced Cosmetic Stem Cell procedure, StemBeautiful. This entirely unique and proprietary aesthetic procedure combines the best and newest technologies into one treatment. The combination of using a patient’s own Stem Cells in combination with powerful Growth Factors and proteins achieves the ideal cosmetic results for you.
StemBeautiful is based on the power of Stem Cells and their ability to repair, restore and regenerate skin and tissue. These powerful cells are harvested from your own body, purified, and combined with Growth Factors selected from your blood. The Growth Factors act as fertilizer for the Stem Cells, providing the ideal environment for growth and regeneration. What makes this procedure even more unique is the addition of special Cytokine proteins. Cytokines are the body’s messengers, allowing cells to communicate with each other. It is this communication which is needed for the Stem Cells and Growth Factors to succeed and provide the ideal outcome.
While Stem Cells, Growth Factors and Cytokines are at the heart of the StemBeautiful procedure, we also utilize the benefits of Botox and Fillers. Depending on the expert opinion provided by our Aesthetic Medicine specialist, Botox and Fillers may be recommended to achieve the perfect look.
However, our services do not stop there and our specially formulated skin care line and supplements continue working for you at home to maintain your new glow. Our Stem Beautiful Program is a line of entirely unique and proprietary facial skin care products and technologies will give you the ongoing skin support you need to maintain this great look.
Choose from our StemBeautiful procedures provided at these Program levels:
Purified Stem Cell Graf
Cytokine Graft Preparation
Platelet Rich Plasma Injection
Pre-Procedure Laser Treatment
Aesthetic Skin Care Line
Purified Stem Cell Graft
Cytokine Graft Preparation
Platelet Rich Plasma Injection
Stem Cell Graft
Cytokine Graft Preparation
Platelet Rich Plasma Injection
What is it?
The A-2 Stem Cell program is the only Anti-Aging program which utilizes recently discovered Adult Pluripotent Stem Cells (APSCs) to provide a safe and effective way to counter the effects of aging. APSCs are thought to be similar to embryonic Stem Cells due to their ability to form any new cell in the body. However, rather than in embryos, these Stem Cells are actually found in adults. APSCs are typically inactive as they circulate through our body. They only become active during a severe health crisis, such as lack of oxygen or loss of body temperature. However, our cutting edge, proprietary technology has enabled us to isolate and activate these Stem Cells in our laboratory and give them back to you in the active form. Once given back to you, these powerful Stem Cells will then home in on areas of inflammation and degeneration and go to work to repair and regenerate the tissue, maintaining health and youth.
While the Adult Pluripotent Stem Cells form the core of the A-2 Stem Cell program, our biodata monitoring and analysis process allows us to customize the program for each individual patient and follow their progress throughout the program. The initial step in the program relies on analyzing certain age related ‘biomarkers’ from blood and hair samples. This process is repeated at specific intervals so we can monitor and fine tune the program for each patient. Our interactive assessment program also allows us to gather direct patient data through targeted Anti-Aging Biodata Questionnaires. In addition to the biomarker analysis, this data allows us to generate a ‘Biological Age Score’, which we follow over time.
The A-2 program also relies on entirely unique line of supplements to provide nutrients for the Adult Pluripotent Stem Cells as a way to maximize their regenerative potential. For this purpose, a customized Cytokine formulation is generated for each patient. Cytokines are proteins which support Stem Cells and allow them to hone in on the area of need. They also play a vital role in general health, disease prevention, and disease management. The Cytokine formulation is based on the biomarker analysis and adjusted for changes in Cytokine levels based on the blood and hair samples. As an additional anti-aging intervention, two cutting edge supplements complement the Cytokine formulation. They are based on the known anti-aging properties of curcumin and telomerase. Curcumin is known for its anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. It has also been shown to maintain cognitive function. The discovery of Telomerase was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2009. Telomerase counteracts the age-related shortening of our DNA.
As an added value, the A-2 program also offers anti-aging intravenous infusions, containing Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD). These infusions will replenish minerals and vitamins, while at the same time providing specific anti-aging enzymes. These infusions serve to give the program members the nutrition required to provide the ideal environment for the Stem Cells to flourish.
We all have heard the old adage about saving for a raining day. The idea that we should prepare for the worst by putting a little money on the side, but it turns out that this is not only good financial advice. It is also good health advice as well, but instead of saving money, people are saving their stem cells to help treat possible injuries and illnesses that may occur later on in their life.
Stem Cells are cells that have the ability to multiply while maintaining the potential to develop into other types of cells such as blood cells, skin cells, or muscle cells. This unique characteristic gives stem cells the ability to replace and repair damaged tissue, allowing them to heal the body. As of now, stem cells are being used to treat more than 80 life-threatening diseases and disorders, including:
Leukemias and lymphomas
Bone marrow diseases
Inherited immune system disorders
Inherited metabolic disorders
Stem cells are also being used to help repair the tissues in muscles, cartilage, and bone to help heal those with torn muscles or damage joints such as knees or hip joints. In these cases, patients can often avoid invasive surgery and reduce their recovery time.
The fact that stem cells could treat so many conditions, and researchers are finding more medical uses with stem cells every day, patients around the world are choosing to store their stem cells in adult stem cell banks. Adult stem cell banking allows patients to store their stem cells in a frozen state in an ultra-low liquid nitrogen freezer. This allows the stem cells to be kept in storage in perfect condition until the patient needs them.
Stem cells can be harvested from a patient at any age. However, the younger you are, the more versatile and healthier are your stem cells. As you age, stem cells’ regenerative ability will slow down. This is why preserving your stem cells early in life at an adult stem cell bank is crucial. In fact, some parents have chosen to bank their children’s stem cells once they are born, but even adults can benefit from stem cell banking.
Harvesting stem cells for banking is painless and can be abstracted from the following sources:
A newborn’s umbilical cord
A patient’s tooth
Blood and fat tissues from a patient
The cost for adult stem cell banking will vary based on how the stem cells are harvested and how long you plan on banking them for. However, those who do choose to bank their stem cells often find the benefits well worth the cost.
Stem cell therapy for athletes, once considered to be a taboo practice, has become widely accepted among professional sports organizations. According to an article by Sports Illustrated, more than 100 NFL players have tried stem cell therapy in the past few years. Yet football players are not the only professional athletes that have embraced this cutting edge technology. From baseball to tennis players, stem cell therapy have been used to reduce athlete’s recovery time and to aid in rebuilding damaged or lost body tissues. Most professional athletes don’t publicize their use of stem cell therapy, but here is a list of some of the top athletes that we do know that have used stem cell therapy to keep them in the game they love.
1.) Bartolo Colon, Pitcher for the New York Mets
Bartolo Colon, nicknamed Big Sexy, is the oldest active player in Major League Baseball at age 43 and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. However, back in 2010, it was unclear if Colon would be able to continue his pitching career after missing the entire season due to an ailing elbow and right rotator cuff. That is when Colon reached out to Dr. Joseph Purita of the Institute of Regenerative Medicine for stem cell therapy.
Colon’s bone marrow was spun in a centrifuge to separate it from the blood material, and then, along with Colon's own body fat, injected into the pitcher's elbow and shoulder to help repair ligament damage and a torn rotator cuff. After the stem cell therapy, Colon had a major combat the following year, winning 55 games. This year, Colon also made history when he hit his first career home run for a two-run shot to extend the Mets’ lead over the Padres, 4-0.
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2.) Rafael Nadal, Professional Tennis Player
Rafael Nadal is a Spanish professional tennis player currently ranked No. 4 in the world and is considered by many to be one of the greatest players in tennis history. In 2013, Nadal received stem cell therapy for his knee and the next year also had stem cell treatment for his injured back in Barcelona. Since his treatment, Nadal has made history in 2016 by becoming the eighth male player in tennis history to record 200 Grand Slam match wins, as he defeated Facundo Bagnis in straight sets in the second round of the Slam.
3.) Pau Gasol Sáez , Basketball Player for the San Antonio Spurs
6 time NBA All-Star player, Pau Gasol, was struggling with knee pain during the 2013 season and had an injury that put him on crutches. Gasol received what is known as a Fast technique procedure. The procedure, whose name stands for Focused Aspiration of Scar Tissue, involved inserting a probe into Gasol's knees that directed ultrasound waves to remove degenerated tissue in his patellar tendons nonsurgically. In addition to this, Gasol received autologous stem cell injections to help stimulate regeneration in his tissue. Within 3 weeks, Gasol made a quick recovery and was back walking again without crutches.
4.) Chris Johnson , Running Back for the Arizona Cardinals
At 28 years old, Chris Johnson had five 1,000 yard rushing seasons and one 2,000 yarder, but the veteran running back tore the meniscus in his left knee in Week 3 of the 2013 season. Despite his injury, Johnson played through the season without missing a single game which resulted in him causing additional damages to his knee joint. To repair his damaged knee, Johnson traveled to Florida to receive an injection of stem cells into his knee joint after an arthroscopic procedure to repair his meniscus. Instead of the usual four-to-six-week recovery time from the procedure, Johnson stayed off the practice field for the rest of the offseason, giving the stem-cell treatment maximum time to work. In 2014, Johnson agreed to a three-year contract worth $9 million per year with the New York Jets. Johnson finished the season with 153 carries for 663 yards and one touchdown.
A laser watch sounds like it might be something that Apple computers just introduced. Well this is one thing that Apple had nothing to do with. Also, this is not a watch that was developed by "Q" of James Bond fame. No, this is an honest to goodness laser watch which is designed to enhance your health. Actually this is not a watch in the sense that it tells time. Instead, it is a watch that may have the potential of turning back time as far as aging is concerned. At the Institute of Regenerative Medicine we are making this watch one of the building blocks of our anti-aging program. Beyond its anti-aging effect, it can also significantly contribute to general well- being.
I have written a number of articles concerning the use of lasers in the field of Regenerative Medicine. Laser light has some very beneficial effects on the body. Our relationship to plants is very compelling. Our mitochondria are similar to chloroplasts in the plant. They both have the ability to convert light energy into a form that the body or the plant can utilize. This is where the laser light comes into play.
The laser watch makes use of 18 red laser diodes. Unlike the laser in James Bond this laser will not cut through metal. Its use is barely perceptible. The red laser has a wavelength of 650nm. The laser watch may have a very intriguing effect on the blood circulation in the body.
The red laser can have a very interesting effect on the red blood cells. The above diagram illustrates some of these effects. If a red blood cell is struck by the laser, it can have a direct effect on the production of ATP which is the source of cellular energy. Other effects are equally intriguing. The red laser will result in the release of nitric oxide. Nitric Oxide is a very potent compound. It is known to be a growth, immune and neuro-modulator. It has a critical role in stem cell proliferation, analgesia (pain relief), vasodilation and angiogenesis. Vasodilation means the opening up of a blood vessel and angiogenesis refers to adding on to existing blood vessels. Nitric Oxide also has known anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory activities. Inflammation is the root of many problems. The other monumental aspect of Nitric Oxide is its importance in ATP production, which is the source of energy for all of our cells. There are two very important byproducts in the ATP production. These include NAD and NADH. These are two compounds that are very important in anti-aging circles. One aspect of our anti-aging program involves the use of intravenous NAD and NADH.
The laser works by delivering laser energy to the two arteries located at the wrist. These two arteries are called the radial and ulnar arteries. Because the arteries are superficial, the red laser light penetrates through the skin and vessel wall. It directly effects the circulating blood. This light wave blood therapy is called “extra corporeal photophoresis”. The laser watch also stimulates a number of acupuncture points that are found in the vicinity of the arteries.
These acupuncture points contribute to overall well-being. The watch does simultaneous laser acupuncture and blood irradiation at the same time. We can see these acupuncture points on the diagram above. Tongli Acupoint is found in traditional Chinese medicine. It is for heart meridian acupoint adjuvant therapy. Lingdao Acupoint which in traditional Chinese medicine mainly function for quiet calm heart, nerves, clean or dredge the meridians Adjuvant therapy. The Neiguan Acupoint deals with the heart and its circulation
The laser does not just stimulate the red blood cells but it can also have an affect on the white blood cells which directly affects our immune system. Many times the definition of aging is the failure of the immune system. The laser can affect the Immune System in two ways. First it can affect the Humoral Immunity System. This portion of our immune system is mediated by secreted antibodies. The second way it affects the immune system is by Cell Mediated Immunity. Cell Mediated Immunity involves various types of white blood cells. Another method by which the laser watch achieves its goals is by the use of a nasal piece as can be seen in the diagram showing the laser watch itself, the nasal piece and laser shower piece.
The nostril piece is a laser catheter that fits into the nostrils. In the nostril area the circulation is very superficial and very plentiful. Because the circulation in the nostril area is superficial the laser can easily do its job.
The laser use in the nostril and wrist arteries can also increase the formation of melatonin. We now know that conventional light therapy, especially that involved with regulating sleep rhythm involves the use of bright blue light in the morning. Bright blue light has the effect of suppressing melatonin, a hormone that encourages the body to go into sleep mode and regulate the sleep cycle (or circadian rhythm). It is well established that short-wavelength or “blue” light is the most melatonin-suppressive; this is the type of light typically emitted by devices such as televisions, computer screens, and cellphones. To produce white light, these electronic devices must emit light at short wavelengths, close to the peak sensitivity of melatonin suppression. This means that products such as tablets, smartphones, and other devices with self-luminous electronic displays are major sources for suppressing melatonin at night, thereby reducing sleep duration and disrupting sleep. However, red light as used in laser watch light therapy, appears to have the opposite effect to the blue light. It works with the melatonin to regulate the sleep cycle. Related studies demonstrate correlation between its use and the presence of increased levels of melatonin in patients with sleep disorders. Melatonin is also a powerful antioxidant and free radical scavenger that helps 'cool down' excess inflammation. In fact, melatonin is so integral to the health of your immune system that a lack of it causes your thymus gland, a key component of your immune system, to shrink in size. Melatonin's immediate precursor is the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is a major player in regulating and giving a lift to your mood. And, like serotonin, melatonin plays important roles in your physical and mental health. I can attest from my own personal experience with the laser watch that it dramatically helps me overcome jet lag and fatigue.
The last component that I wish to comment on is the laser pad. This is a pad plugs into the main unit and then can apply laser energy to areas of the body that are sore or achy. This is like having your own personal physical therapist. It is well known that laser energy can ameliorate pain.
The laser watch manufacturer also makes the following claims: "To improve hemodynamic, blood fat and blood sugar metabolism through photochemical effects. By changing these hemodynamics the laser will improve the oxygen carrying capacity and the deformability of red blood cells, decreasing the blood viscosity, reducing the blood fat, lowering blood pressure and improving the blood sugar, and finally achieving the purpose of treating hypertension, hyperlipemia and cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. Meanwhile, it also has good curative effect on acute rhinitis, chronic rhinitis and sinusitis." I am not to go on record to officially endorse these claims but I suspect there is good validity to them based on what I read from various European studies. To me the cost of the laser watch (less than $400) is a small price to pay to enhance one's well-being. I am sure we will hear more about this.
- Dr. P