The New England Stem Cell Institute has been a national leader and pioneer in using stem cell therapy to treat a wide variety of injuries and ailments for over a decade. This kind of treatment actually enables the body to heal itself and repair long damaged tissues in order to stop pain, improve function, and create a better overall quality of life. All of the stem cells we use are taken from a patient’s own body, typically from their fat or bone marrow, which eliminates any risk and guarantees maximum results.
The New England Stem Cell Institute was one of the first clinics in the country to perform bone marrow-derived stem cell treatments in 2008 and fat-derived stem cell treatments in 2009. Because of this, our staff is able to offer our patients a level of skill and expertise that just can’t be found anywhere else.
Stem cells occur naturally in the body, and they have the potential to turn into other types of cells depending on what certain tissues need. They’re also able to “recruit” other stem cells and trigger nearby cells to begin repairing the body. Today, most scientists believe that this “messenger” activity is the main way that stem cells help.
The common belief is that stem cells morph into different kinds of cells in order to replace damaged ones. This is NOT true. Instead, they act as high-powered messengers that direct neighboring cells, including other dormant stem cells, to begin the healing process. An easy way to think of this is to compare stem cells to an orchestra. By themselves, a conductor can do very little, but when they’re able to direct many musicians, they’re able to perform an entire symphony!
Currently, there is no such thing as a pure stem cell treatment. When we harvest stem cells from bone marrow or fat, the solution that gets injected into a patient will contain many different types of cells, including healing proteins and growth factors. These all work together to stimulate the body’s natural healing ability.
Stem cell therapy can be used to help with all kinds of ongoing pain and slow-healing injuries, including:
It’s important for people to know that not all stem cell treatments are created equal. The way stem cells are obtained, processed, and administered can have a major impact on their effectiveness. Here at the New England Stem Cell Institute, we harvest stem cells using the latest technology to guarantee the highest quality product. And, all injections are performed using ultrasound guidance to ensure the safest, most accurate, and most effective treatment possible.
The stem cells we use come from the body fat or bone marrow of the patient themselves. We NEVER use embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cells have the amazing ability to direct the healing of cartilage, tendons, ligaments, muscles, nerves, bone, skin…virtually every type of tissue with the exception of blood cells.
You might have seen other clinics offering stem cell treatments derived from amniotic fluid, placenta tissue, or umbilical cord blood. Independent testing has revealed that NONE of these products contain live, viable stem cells. While these products do have some therapeutic value, it’s important to know that they should NOT be considered stem cell treatments.
Obtaining stem cells from a patient’s bone marrow is a relatively fast and painless procedure thanks to the advanced technology we use. They are usually harvested from the hip bone, which is known to be packed with regenerative cells. Once a patient has been numbed with local anesthetic, a special needle is inserted into the back of the hip, and the marrow cells are drawn into the syringe. At this point, they’re actually ready to inject wherever a patient needs help healing. The entire process, from obtaining the cells to injecting them, only takes about 15 minutes.
Many regenerative cells (including stem cells) can be found in your body fat, and our team is able to harvest them using a virtually painless process. We usually take fat from the “love handle” area, which our patients certainly don’t mind!
After numbing the skin with local anesthetic, a thin wand is inserted into the targeted fat, and this injects a mixture of sterile water and anesthetic. We let this solution sit among the fat for about 15-20 minutes, which numbs the area and also softens the fat so it’s easier to draw out.
Once the fat has been removed using a liposuction-like method, we process it in our onsite lab. This breaks up the fat into microscopic particles so it is easier to inject into an injured area. This also helps release the regenerative stem cells. From start to finish, the entire process only takes about 60-80 minutes, meaning it can be completed in a single appointment.
Every stem cell injection we do is always performed using ultrasound guidance, which guarantees precise cell placement so we can accurately target whatever area needs healing within the body. Local anesthetic ensures that our patients feel practically nothing during the entire process, and for those who need a little help to feel relaxed, we can also provide safe and gentle nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) sedation.