What is Stem Cell Therapy?
The main function of stem cells is to maintain and repair tissue. Stem cell therapy enhances this natural function by getting stem cells more directly to an area of need within the body.
How is Stem Cell Therapy performed?
The Fountain of Youth will perform outpatient procedures using a process in which we isolate a patient’s own stem cells from either their own adipose fat tissue or bone marrow.
Approximately 80% of the patients we treat will receive a tumescent liposuction procedure under local anesthetic with standard Klein solution. During the mini-lipo procedure less than 120 cc’s of fat will be removed. The fat will be centrifuged to isolate stem cells which will immediately be delivered back to the same patient. The cells may be delivered as a joint injection, an iv, intrathecally or intramuscularly.
The remaining patients (approximately 20% of those treated) will receive a bone marrow aspiration treatment, also under local anesthetic, in which less than 60 cc’s of bone marrow will be removed. The bone marrow will be centrifuged to isolate stem cells which will immediately be delivered back to the same patient. The cells may be delivered as a joint injection, an iv, intrathecally or intramuscularly.
In both cases we will isolate the patient’s own stem cells from the fat tissue or bone marrow collected using a sterile procedure and we will immediately inject those stem cells back into the patient. The entire process takes under 3 hours in most cases.
When should I expect to see results?
It is important to note that we are treating patients with their own adult stem cells, therefore each treatment and response is unique to that patient. No guarantee can be made of what results will be achieved or how soon results can be felt. However, many patients report that they begin to experience results within a week with fuller effects felt within 4 to 8 weeks. In cases where the condition being treated is more severe the patient may notice results over a longer timeframe, and in some cases seeing results in the 6-9 month timeframe is possible.
How long will my recovery take?
The Fountain of Youth’s procedure is minimally invasive and patients walk out within 3 hours in most cases. As a result recovery time is very quick. Many patients will experience soreness for a couple days to a week, but there are usually no restrictions regarding resuming normal activity.
No, health insurance in the U.S. does not currently cover costs associated with The Fountain of Youth’s procedure.
No it is not; however The Fountain of Youth’s procedure falls under the category of physician’s practice of medicine, wherein the physician and patient are free to consider their chosen course of treatment. The Fountain of Youth’s procedure is compliant within the guidelines listed in the FDA Code of Federal Regulations 21 Part 1271. We meet FDA guidelines by providing a same-day procedure done entirely in clinic with only minimal manipulation of a patient’s own cells which are then immediately delivered back to that patient.
Are there any known side effects to adult Stem Cell Therapy?
Side effects are typically minimal and may include minor pain and irritation at the injection site. Since we are using a patient’s own stem cells, chances of immune system rejection are extremely low. Extensive research and testing using adult stem cells is ongoing worldwide, and to Dr. Le’s knowledge there have been no reported instances of “serious adverse events” in any studies.
Are there any moral or ethical issues regarding these treatments?
The Fountain of Youth’s procedure uses a patient’s own stem cells derived from their own adipose fat tissue or bone marrow. We do not perform any procedures or undertake any research using embryonic stem cells, which is where you will see the most intense ethical scrutiny.