For adult stem cells, there are several sources available for Sedona Regenerative Medicine (SRM).
- A small amount of adipose tissue (fat) is removed from above the Superior Iliac spine (love handles) or abdomen under local anesthesia. In some cases bone marrow may also be used.
- At SRM, we use the patient’s own adipose tissue, or bone marrow to extract the stem cells. Autologous means that the donor and the recipient are the same person. There is also opportunity for banking of the patient’s own stem cells at an FDA approved tissue bank and they can be expanded for future use.
- Exosomes are vesicles secreted by most cell types already found in the body. An Exosome actually carries and transfers information to neighboring or distant cells much like a delivery truck. Although this information originates from a person’s cell, there is no DNA transferred within the Exosome payload between bodies or cells. At SRM, we use exosomes for topical treatments along with use of state-of-the-art ultrasound machine, injected into joints and skin areas.
We are also now using cells from umbilical cord and placenta that are processed and stored in laboratories that are inspected by the FDA. The umbilical cord and placenta tissue are obtained from healthy newborn infants and mothers in the United States and extensive testing is done to ensure no infectious diseases are present in the infant or mother.
Myths – Stem Cell Medicine
Myth 1: Stem cell research is illegal
Not so. In fact, stem cell research — including hotly debated embryonic stem cell research — is legal and flourishing in the United States.
Myth 2: All stem cells are the same
When you hear “stem cells,” you probably think of embryonic stem cells. But a lot of research focuses on other types. Almost every organ in your body has its own “adult” stem cells. These cells help grow and maintain your body’s organs as you age. They can’t develop into as many cell types as embryonic stem cells, but they are still promising for patient treatment.
Myth 3: Stem cells only help patients with Parkinson’s or spinal cord injuries
Research has moved far beyond a handful of diseases. Work on type 1 diabetes is a good example, and other work is even further along.