At Renovation Advanced Therapy Center procedures are performed using some of the most scientifically advanced facilities in the world.
Stem cell therapy for Spinal Cord Injury is focused on affecting physical changes in the Spinal Cord that can improve a patient’s quality of life. Spinal Cord Injury patients can be treated by lumbar puncture (injecting the cells into the cerebrospinal fluid), IV, or other techniques. The stem cells are then processed in a state-of-the-art laboratory. In the lab, both the quantity and quality of the stem cells are measured. Typically this is an outpatient procedure, however, patients may stay for 3 or 4 nights in our facilities.
About Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injury (SCI) occurs when the spinal cord becomes damaged, most commonly, when motor vehicle accidents, falls, acts of violence, or sportng accidents fracture vertebrae and crush or transect the spinal cord. Damage to the spinal cord usually results in impairments or loss of muscle movement, muscle control, sensation and body system control.
Stem cells are a special type of cell that has not yet dedicated itself toward a particular type of tissue. Most cells in the body are specific and local to a certain body part. For example, skin cells always make new skin cells, and brain cells always make new brain cells. Stem cells are not limited in this way.
Instead, these new cells will take on the form of the tissue that surrounds them. Because of this property, stem cells can be effectively used to aid in the repair and regeneration of damaged tissues. This is at the heart of stem cell therapy and is why these treatments can be so effective for patients suffering from Spinal Cord Injury by giving worn-down tissue the proper tools to repair itself, the body can regenerate naturally.
Stem cell therapy has been shown to have beneficial effects in patients whose tissues or organs have weakened or shown signs of fatigue. The weakness and degeneration of these systems can be counteracted or reversed through this treatment. In effect, stem cells invigorate the other tissue and boosts the body’s organic functions.
Stem cells are harvested from adipose tissue and Human Umbilical Cord Tissue, which includes fresh cells, proteins, growth factors and other tools necessary to rebuild damaged organ or tissue.
Although these substances exist naturally in an individual’s bone marrow/adipose tissue they are usually not released into a person’s bloodstream in sufficient quantities to repair damage throughout the body. By liberating the stem cells and relocating them to an affected area, stem cell treatment solves this problem.
Can stem cells help treat spinal cord injury?
Presently, post-accident care for spinal cord injury patients focuses on extensive physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other rehabilitation therapies; teaching the injured person how to cope with their disability.
A number of published papers and case studies support the feasibility of treating spinal cord injury with allogeneic human umbilical cord tissue-derived stem cells and autologous Adipose Tissue stem cells.
Through the administration of human umbilical cord tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells, we have observed improvements in spinal cord injury patients treated at our facilities.