Stem Cell Treatment for Parkinsons Disease
At Stem Cell Treatment Institute advanced stem cell procedures are performed at some of the most scientifically advanced hospitals in the world.
Stem cell therapy is focused on affecting physical changes in the brain that can improve a patient's quality of life.
Parkinsons patients can be treated by lumbar puncture (injecting the cells into the cerebrospinal fluid), IV, or other techniques.
Typically this is an outpatient procedure. however patients may stay for 4 or 5 nights in our suites during the process.
Treatment using autologous (patient source) or donor cells (placenta) are available
If Autologous Bone Marrow is used bone marrow is collected from the patient's iliac crest (hip bone) using thin-needle puncture under local anesthesia.
Once the bone marrow collection is complete, patients may return to their suite or hotel and go about normal activities.
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. The stem cells are then implanted back into the patient by lumbar puncture or IV.
Stem cell treatments begin around $13,500 (adults).
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We offer Stem Cell treatments with enhanced or manipulated stem cells. These expanded and mobilized stem cells have been found to provide better results than non-manipulated stem cell applications.
Manipulation or amplification of the stem cells is done in the lab, where care is taken to retain the cell properties. These expanded and mobilized cells provide superior results and cell recovery has been found to occur twice as fast as with non-manipulated stem cell applications.
Studies where both types of cells were used show that results were quicker and were obtained predominantly from the manipulated stem cells.
Stem Cells can come from the patientís fat or bone marrow, but stem cells from donor placenta or umbilical cord blood is also available and may have improved benefits. Donor characteristics (i.e., age) play a key role in treatment success. Your individual situation will be considered and suitable options will be discussed.
As we age our stem cells become less effective. For this reason younger cells are often preferred. We do not need to go all the way back to an early stage embryo to get young cells. Young cord blood cells can be used from The Placenta, Umbilical Cord, and other young sources. These cord blood cells are more likely than stem cells found in bone marrow to have proliferative properties. This means that stem cells found in cord blood have a greater ability to regenerate.
Depending on budget, condition, age and other factors the best solution can be determined. Sometimes young cells are placed directly into an organ, other times a simple IV with cells harvested from your own bone marrow will do just fine. We can help you make this decision.
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The Prescott Daily Courier features Parkinson's Patient, Aubra Phillips
December 2, 2009
Going abroad for health care: Stem cell surgery gave man desire to live - by Bruce Colbert
PRESCOTT, AZ - Two years ago, Aubra "Phil" Phillips just about had enough of living with Parkinson's disease.
"I was about ready to commit suicide," he said from his Prescott Valley home. "I was stumbling around, falling, had the shakes and I slurred my words."
Today, after two stem cell transplant surgeries, Phil walks and talks like any other healthy, articulate 59-year-old grandfather.
"I noticed a change the very first day after his first operation," said his wife Donna, who watched Parkinson's disease steadily eat at Phil's body and mind for the past 22 years. "He didn't shuffle anymore and he smiled again."
According to the National Institutes for Health, Parkinson's disease is a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder. There is no definitive test for Parkinson's disease and its symptoms are similar to other neurological conditions, which causes a high rate of misdiagnosis, according to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research website.
Doctors treat Parkinson's victims with a smorgasbord of medication, vitamins and exercises.
"You have to take some pills for the disease, and then you have to take more pills to counteract the side effects of the other pills," Phil said. "Pretty soon, you're taking pills for fake diseases that were created by the other pills."
Certain brain cells produce a chemical called dopamine. Dopamine is a chemical messenger that transmits signals within the brain to control coordination. When those cells die, causing Parkinson's symptoms, doctors give patients drugs that cause brain cells to produce dopamine.
However, because there is no cure for Parkinson's, drugs mask symptoms without curing the disease. Symptoms include tremors, balance problems, lack of facial expressions and slow movements. The disease usually starts on one side of the body and migrates to the other.
"I was relatively happy and we were dealing with it until it started on my other side," Phil said.
After Phil's son, Michael, told him that he did not want Phil to carry his granddaughters anymore because of his balance problems, he started researching alternative methods.
"The treatment uses my stem cells taken from my hip," Phil said. "Everyone thinks of embryonic stem cells, but that's not the only kind that can be used."
Phil and Donna flew to get the treatment in December 2008 for via a lumbar puncture operation. He returned recently from his second operation. Surgery requires a patient to stay for four to five days.
"The first day, they took the cells from my hip," he said. "We spent the next couple of days at the hotel sightseeing, and then you go back and they inject the cells into your spinal fluid. You have to rest for 36 hours and then go back for a final check up."
Donna said that humor is the couple's best weapon against Phil's disease.
"It's all about your attitude," Phil said. "There are no guarantees this operation works for everyone and the doctors tell you that.
"It was a long shot, but it was worth it."
"It was like turning a light bulb back on," Donna said. "He's laughing and smiling again. He wakes up every morning in a good mood. He started bowling and joined a league."
Donna said that going to a Parkinson's support group gave the couple hope and tools to deal with Phil's disease.
In spite of his disease, Phil worked as a heavy equipment operator until he retired in 2002. However, he is now helping the Prescott Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10227 build a VFW Hall.
"Before, I was angry at everything and put a lot of stress on my wife," Phil said. "Now, I enjoy being awake and taking care of the house for her."
Autologous Adult Stem Cell Transplantation in patients with Parkinsons
"Of 75 Patients 36 reported clinical improvements."
Our team and their associates have evaluated tens of thousands of stem cell treatment candidates over the past 25 years. They have treated over 10,000 patients.
Located in the heart of the stem cell research capital of the world, San Diego, California, we work hand in hand with top research centers. Even though some stem cell research is being conducted in the U.S., most stem cell implementation must take place outside of the country. We are strategically located to take advantage of both.
We currently have available treatments with stem cells utilizing patient bone marrow and younger donor sources. Treatments are available in the following areas:
Prostate Cancer, Spinal Cord Injury, Arthritis, Parkinsons Disease, Autoimmune disease, Cerebral Palsy, Diabetes, Heart Failure, Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimers Disease, and Stroke, just to mention a few.
It is believed that by the practical application of stem cells, the need for liver, kidney and heart transplants can be reduced dramatically. In addition, a cure for diabetes, nerve restoration and the extension of ones life expectancy by more than 50 years are on the horizon.
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