Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease which mostly affects the cartilage. Cartilage is the slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones in a joint. Healthy cartilage allows bones to glide over each other. It also helps absorb shock of movement.
In osteoarthritis, the top layer of cartilage breaks down and wears away. This causes the bones under the cartilage to rub together. The rubbing causes pain, swelling, and loss of motion of the joint. Over time, the joint may lose its normal shape. Also, bone spurs may grow on the edges of the joint. Bits of bone or cartilage can break off and float inside the joint space, which causes more pain and damage.
The Cells4health Arthritis Stem Cell Treatment
The osteoarthritis stem cell treatment differs from standard methods because it is a drug-free alternative that has the potential to regenerate cartilage as well as develop new blood vessels, thus improving function and reducing pain.
The entire procedure requires patients to stay for 3 or 4 nights.
Diagnostics, Physical and Cognitive Assessment
Before stem cell implantation, each patient undergoes blood tests at the clinic and a comprehensive physical assessment.
Step 1 – Bone Marrow Collection
Bone marrow is collected from the patient’s iliac crest (hip bone) using thin-needle mini-puncture under local anesthesia. Although some pain is felt when the needle is inserted, most patients do not find the bone marrow collection procedure particularly painful. The entire procedure normally takes about 30 minutes.
Once the bone marrow collection is complete, patients may return to their hotel and go about normal activities.
More detailed information on the bone marrow collection procedure is available in the Bone Marrow Informed Consent document (PDF file).
Step 2 – Laboratory Processing
The stem cells are processed from the bone marrow in a state-of-the-art, government approved (cGMP) laboratory. In the lab, both the quantity and quality of the stem cells are measured. These cells have the potential to transform into multiple types of cells and are capable of regenerating or repairing damaged tissue.
Step 3 – Stem Cell Implantation
The stem cells are implanted back into the patient by direct injection into the affected joint(s) under local anesthesia.
In Patients’ Own Words
Robert Da Prato, 64 years old
“…I notice a huge improvement in both knees.”
Wendy Funston – 57 years old
“…The treatment was done at the beginning of November (2009) and since then I HAVE BEEN PAIN FREE!!!!”
Vissilis Ferentouros – 49 years old
“The post-treatment MRI showed a distinct decrease of the subchondral edema.”
John Robson – 61 years old
“The pain in my left ankle is virtually gone”
Treatment Evaluation Process
In order to be evaluated for stem cell treatment, arthritis patients must complete an online medical history form. Once you’ve completed the online medical history and submitted it, a patient relations consultant will contact you. He or she will assist you with the rest of the evaluation process. Upon treatment approval, your consultant will also assist you with treatment scheduling and trip preparation.