StemGenex Medical Group is not offering stem cell therapy as a cure for any condition, disease, or injury. No statements or implied treatments on this website have been evaluated or approved by the FDA. This website contains no medical advice.
All statements and opinions provided by this website are provided for educational and informational purposes only and we do not diagnose or treat via this website or via telephone. StemGenex Medical Group and its affiliate treatment center offers treatments that are in the investigational stage to provide individual patients with Stromal Vascular Fraction that contains their own autologous stem cells and growth factors. The treatment centers provide surgical procedures only and are not involved in the use or manufacture of any investigational drugs.
StemGenex Medical Group does not claim that any applications, or potential applications, using autologous stem cells are approved by the FDA. We do not claim that these treatments cure any listed nor unlisted condition, intended or implied. It’s important for potential patients to do their own stem cell study and research based on the options that we present so that one can make an informed decision. Any decision to participate in our patient funded clinical stem cell studies is completely voluntary.
- Does StemGenex provide stem cell clinical studies through the National Institutes of Health (NIH)?
Upholding the highest levels of ethical conduct, safety and efficacy is our primary focus. Five clinical stem cell studies for Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) are registered through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at www.clinicaltrials.gov/stemgenex. Each clinical study is reviewed and approved by an independent Institutional Review Board (IRB) to ensure that study participants’ rights and welfare are protected.
- What are stem cells?
Stem cells are unique cells with the potential to develop into many cell types, both during early growth and development and while acting as assort of internal repair system. When a stem cell divides, each new cell has the potential to remain a stem cell or becoming another type of cell with a more specialized function.
- When do we use the body's stem cells?
In some adult tissues, such as fat, bone marrow, muscle, and brain discrete populations of adult stem cells generate replacements for cells that are lost through normal wear and tear, injury or disease.
- What are the sources of stem cells from one's own body?
There are three sources of stem cells from a patient's body that can be used clinically which include bone marrow, peripheral blood and fat (adipose tissue).
- Which is the best source to harvest from and why?
One of the best sources to harvest stem cells from one's body is the 'FAT' also known as Adipose-derived Tissue. It is rich in mesenchymal stem cells and 100x more stem cells can be harvested from fat as compared to bone marrow.
- What is an Adipose Stem Cell Therapy?
Using your own stem cells, Board Certified Physicians administer safe and effective adult adipose-derived stem cell therapy, an outpatient procedure with little to no downtime.
Using liposuction procedure, 120-200cc of adipose tissue is harvested from the patient. By using advanced protocols, the Stromal Vascular Fraction (SVF) which contains Adult Stem Cells (ASCs) is separated from the fat cells. Adult Stem Cells (ASCs) and other progenitor cells are then isolated from the SVF using advanced multi-filtration protocols. The isolated ASCs are added to the individuals own platelet rich plasma (PRP) and activated with a low light laser. The activated ASCs are then administered back to the patient through highly developed protocols.
Patients will be treated with twilight anesthesia. The total procedure time is approximately 4-5 hours.
- How do stem cells work?
Essentially, stem cells are progenitor cells which are capable of regeneration and differentiation morphing into a wide range of specialized cell types. Once administered, stem cells follow inflammatory signals from damaged tissues and have multiple ways of repairing these damaged areas.
- What indications can Adipose Stem Cell Therapy be most beneficial for?
We provide stem cell therapy for a wide variety of conditions for which traditional treatment offers less than optimal options. Some conditions include Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis and COPD.
- How long will it take to see results?
Since each condition and patient are unique, there is no guarantee of what results will be achieved or how quickly they may be observed. According to patient feedback, many patients report the results become apparent in 1-3 months, however, it may take as long as 6-9 months.
- Are there any known side-effects to the procedure?
The side effects of the mini-liposuction procedure are minimal and may include but are not limited to: minor swelling, bruising and redness at the procedure site, minor fever, headache, or nausea. However, these side effects typically last no longer than 24 hours and are experienced mostly by people with sensitivity to mild anesthesia. No long-term negative side effects or risks have been reported.
The side effects of adipose-derived stem cell therapy are minimal and may include but are not limited to: infection, minor bleeding at the treatment sites and localized pain. However, these side effects typically last no longer than 24 hours. No long-term negative side effects or risks have been reported.
- Are there any moral or religious issues with regards to Adipose Stem Cell Transplant?
Adult stem cells do not have any ethical or moral dilemmas since the stem cells are autologous (your own stem cells from your body).
- Is this procedure FDA approved?
The FDA is currently in the process of defining a regulatory path for cellular therapies. A Scientific Workshop and Public Hearing – Draft Guidances Relating to the Regulation of Human Cells, Tissues or Cellular or Tissue-Based Products is scheduled for September 12th and 13th at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesada, MD. StemGenex is honored to have a representative speak before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at the upcoming FDA Public Hearing.
In March 2016, bipartisan legislation, the REGROW Act was introduced to the Senate and House of Representatives to develop and advance stem cell therapies.
- Will health insurance cover the cost?
Stem cell treatment is not covered by health insurance, but we are in hopes it will be in the near future. The cost for standard pre operative labs are included. *Additional specific labs may be requested at the patient’s expense.
- How long does it take to schedule an appointment?
Your 'Patient Advocate' will assist you with every step to ensure the appointment process is seamless. Once we have received a detailed medical history, it will take approximately 2 to 3 days for the team to review your medical records. Once the candidate has been approved for treatment, a Patient Advocate will schedule the earliest available appointment. The process of scheduling appointments typically takes 1 to 3 weeks, from the time of the initial contact to the date of the first appointment.
- Do I have to live in California to receive stem cell therapy through StemGenex?
Patients travel to StemGenex Medical Group in California for treatment from all over the world. Your treatment will consist of one visit lasting a total of three days. The therapy is minimally invasive and there is little to no down time so most patients are able to fly back home the day after treatment.
- Why travel to StemGenex Medical Group?
StemGenex Medical Group provides access to treatment with Physicians who have over 50 years of combined experience in Regenerative and Cellular medicine.
StemGenex Medical Group offers advanced technologies to process your stem cells and directly target areas of your body that need repair.
Patients who receive treatment through StemGenex Medical Group receive a personalized and comprehensive treatment. We treat our patients like our own family. Patient satisfaction is everything to us.
- How does StemGenex Medical Group pay for my travel?
To best accommodate patients, StemGenex Medical Group covers the cost of your hotel stay and car service transportation to and from the airport. These arrangements are made for you by your clinical coordinator prior to your arrival.
- Does StemGenex Medical Group provide PRP Therapy?
StemGenex Medical Group does not provide PRP therapy for patients as PRP therapy has not been shown to be effective in many studies. Most recently, a 2014 study performed by The Cochrane Collaboration, a highly respected source of information put together by medical professionals that pool all available published information on a particular topic and then critically review the data.
The study found that, “When we pooled the limited data that was available for all these conditions, we found very weak (very low quality) evidence for a slight benefit of PRT (platelet-rich therapy/PRP) in pain in the short term (up to three months). However, pooled data do not show that PRT/PRP makes a difference in function in the short, medium or long term.”
Citation: Moraes VY, Lenza M, Tamaoki MJ, Faloppa F, Belloti JC. Platelet-rich therapies for musculoskeletal soft tissue injuries. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD010071. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010071.pub3.
- Why does StemGenex Medical Group not use Amniotic Stem Cells?
StemGenex Medical Group does not use Amniotic stem cells due to unknown safety and efficacy as well as ethical and moral controversy of donor stem cells. Amniotic cells have a high risk of rejection and risk of unknown donor origin which may result in transmission of potential transmission of pathogens.