Frequently Asked Questions
- What kind of stem cells are used in Renovation Advanced Therapy Center?
The primary cells types leveraged for stem cell therapy are:
- Mesenchymal Stem Cells – ideally suited for treating systemic autoimmune and inflammatory conditions. They also play a significant role in regenerating injured tissue.
- Hematopoietic Stem Cells – best suited for tissue regeneration due to the synergistic effect of CD34+ cells’ revascularization characteristics in concert with the tissue repairing function of the mesenchymal stem cells.
- T-regulatory cells – play a role in immune system modulation
- Where do these stem cells come from?
Renovation Advanced Therapy Center utilizes adult stem cells derived from:
- Bone Marrow – a good source of CD34+ stem cells
- Adipose Tissue (fat cells) – source of mesenchymal stem cells and an abundant source of T-regulatory cells.
- Human Umbilical Cord Tissue – a rich source of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs).
- How do stem cells work?
Essentially, stem cells are progenitor cells that are capable of regeneration and differentiation into a wide range of specialized cell types. Once injected, stem cells follow inflammatory signals from damaged tissues and have multiple ways of repairing these damaged areas.
- How are the stem cells collected?
Bone marrow and adipose tissue are collected from the patient in a hospital setting under local anesthesia. These procedures are minimally invasive and done on an outpatient basis.
- Adipose tissue collection – Each patient’s own fat tissue is collected by a licensed plastic surgeon via mini-liposuction. The procedure typically takes about an hour.
- Are umbilical cord tissue cells safe?
The body’s immune system is unable to recognize umbilical tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells as foreign and therefore they are not rejected. We’ve treated more than 8000 patients with HUCT stem cells and there has never been a single instance of rejection (graft vs. host disease).
- What is the treatment protocol for my disease/disorder and how long does it take?
Treatment protocols vary by disease. Each patient’s physical condition and other medical factors also play roles. Most protocols last for 2 to 3 days. Visit our Medical Conditions Page to find more about protocols.
- Will I be prescribed any drugs?
The doctors will not prescribe any medication as a part of your treatment. However, they do advise a circulating stem cell enhancing supplement regime following treatment.
- Does smoking or drinking affect the therapy?
Alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking can both be detrimental to new progenitor stem cells. It is highly advisable that people do not smoke or drink during their treatment.
- How long will it take to see results?
Each treatment and patient is unique, and there is no guarantee of what results will be seen or how quickly they may be observed. Some patients have commented on changes during the course of their treatment, others have experienced improvement within 3- 6 months of returning home.