Is Stem Cell Therapy for You?

The stem cells that naturally regenerate tissues inside your body can be extracted and used in stem cell therapy to accelerate healing, stimulate tissue growth, and relieve pain.

Mark Ghalili, DO, at Regenerative Medicine LA, is a cutting-edge provider of regenerative medicine, offering stem cell treatment and platelet-rich plasma to effectively heal many types of injuries and diseases. If you have questions or you’d like to learn whether you’re a good candidate for the top stem cell therapy Los Angeles has to offer, call our or book an appointment online.

What are Stem Cells and how can stem cells benefit me?

Stem cells are undifferentiated cells with the ability to regenerate and convert into differentiated cells, producing various types of tissues.Adult mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can be found in a person’s blood, bone marrow, or adipose tissue (fat). Adipose fat tissue is an abundant source of stem cells. The best quality adipose cells are derived from the use of collagenase to breakdown the extracted fat. Autologous stem cells from a person’s own fat are easy to harvest safely under local anesthesia and on average produce quantities up to 2,500 times those seen in bone marrow. Bone marrow stem cell extractions are quite painful and carry a higher risk of infection.

The higher the number of stem cells, the greater the probability of patient success. Once these adipose derived stem cells are given back into the patient through IV infusion or joint injection, they have the potential to repair damaged human tissue by influencing healing. Examples of these cells are bone, cartilage, nerves, fat, muscle, vessel walls, ligaments, and organ tissue. Stem cells’ ability to form bone and cartilage makes them potentially highly effective in the treatment of degenerative orthopedic conditions. Their ability to form new blood vessels and other tissues makes them suitable for modifying a large number of traumatic and degenerative conditions. In a recent study research showed that Stem Cells from adipose tissue, injected with platelet-rich plasma (PRP), could regenerate cartilage-like tissue in human osteoarthritis (OA) patients.1

Multiple case studies show significant improvement in patient pain and mobility levels after stem cell administration in the joints. Mesenchymal stem cells have resulted in pain and functional improvement in a number of preclinical and clinical trials. Importantly, recent limited case series evidence has shown regrowth of cartilage volume and disease modification following stem cell injections.2 A case series of 339 patients, reporting that of those patients requiring total knee replacement (69 %) only 6.9 % still required replacement surgery after stem cell therapy. Sixty percent of patients reported greater than 50% pain relief and 40% reported >75 % pain relief at 11 months.3 Base on this clinical data, we believe in offering stem cell therapy to minimize the need for surgical intervention in Osteoarthritic patients.

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Several studies have demonstrated that stem cells can improve functional recovery after a stroke in rats. This recovery occurs when the MSCs are delivered by IV infusion 24 hours post-stroke.4 In addition, delayed delivery of stem cells, even up until one month post-stroke, can also improve long-term functional outcome.5 Multiple studies are making the association with improved motor function, improved memory, neural cell replacement, & anti-inflammatory effects. Mesenchymal Stem Cells have been shown to be still effective when administered 1 week after Traumatic Brain Injury.6

We believe that in a traumatic event such as a stroke, the patient should have the option of obtaining their cells from our FDA registered stem cell bank to be used within 24 hours of the injury. Based on the studies referenced, it appears using your stem cells can significantly impact recovery and possibly save thousands in hospital, rehabilitation, and unemployment costs.

Four major studies on Mesenchymal Stem Cells and wound healing show histological findings with enhanced wound healing compared to control treatment. This can be beneficial for millions of individuals suffering from chronic ulcers and wounds.7

In recent case studies, stem cells showed good therapeutic potential for treatment of Multiple Sclerosis with Lyme Disease. Improvement in walking ability, muscle strength, balance, fatigue, and MRI imaging were all noted within this study. Stem cells show promising results in the treatment of Lyme Disease and Multiple Sclerosis combined with a comprehensive approach to natural medicine.8

Our network has anecdotal and experimental evidence that stem cell therapy can be effective in healing and regeneration. Stem cells look for damaged tissues, which naturally heal the body. In an effort to provide symptom relief for patients suffering from certain degenerative diseases that are not improving from common modalities of treatment, our network has launched investigational studies of treatment effectiveness with adipose stem cell harvesting. This technological breakthrough allows patients to safely receive millions of their own autologous stem cells. If parents are banking their children’s umbilical cord stem cells for the future, we believe that adults should also have access and take advantage of banking their own stem cells. All of our sterile procedures are non-invasive and done under local anesthesia. Regenerative Medicine LA in collaboration with The Cell Surgical Network is proud to be a world-class facility offering Stem Cell treatment in Los Angeles for patients looking for cutting edge therapies to improve their lives.

What can stem cells do?

Stem cells have the unique ability to self-replicate and differentiate, or develop, into many different cells. Throughout your lifetime, adult stem cells maintain your health by replacing old cells and repairing damaged tissues.

Some types of adult stem cells produce specific cells and tissues. Others, such as mesenchymal stem cells, can divide and replicate into multiple tissues.

How does stem cell therapy work?

When you have a disease or injury, stem cells travel to the damaged area and release substances that rebuild the types of cells needed for your body to heal. Stem cell injections take advantage of this regenerative ability.

When Dr. Ghalili injects a concentrated amount of stem cells at the site of your injured tissues, the injected cells jump into action, doing their natural job: triggering new cell growth to heal the area.

Mesenchymal stem cells are often used during stem cell therapy because they:

  • Replicate to produce diverse tissues such as bone, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and muscles
  • Reduce inflammation and relieve pain
  • Promote new cell growth
  • Increase blood vessel growth
  • Secrete growth factors
  • Trigger protein growth

The combined effect of stem cells results in accelerated wound healing and regeneration of damaged tissues.

Where do adult stem cells come from?

The adult stem cells used for your therapy come from your own body. Fat cells are rich sources of mesenchymal stem cells. Dr. Ghalili can remove a small sample of your fat, process it in the office to remove mesenchymal stem cells, then use those cells for your injection.
What conditions are treated with stem cell therapy?

Stem cell therapy is frequently used to treat musculoskeletal conditions, such as damaged cartilage; muscle, ligament, and tendon tears; and inflammatory joint conditions like arthritis and bursitis.

Dr. Ghalili also uses stem cells combined with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to rejuvenate facial skin and restore hair growth in men and women.

When PRP is used together with stem cells, your PRP is produced on site by drawing a sample of your blood and processing it in a centrifuge that separates the platelets from other blood components. Platelets are rich sources of growth factors that promote healing, increase stem cell effectiveness, and reduce inflammation and pain.

Many studies are testing the efficacy of stem cell therapy for treating illnesses such as fibromyalgia, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, inflammatory bowel disease, complex regional pain syndrome, and chronic pelvic pain.

Concussion & Stroke Recovery

In a study conducted by the team at the Cell Surgical Network, preliminary results show dramatically improved brain cognition in rats receiving IV stem cell therapy deployment after a traumatic induced brain injury. Multiple studies are showing improved motor function, improved memory, neural cell replacement, & anti-inflammatory regulation. Mesenchymal Stem Cells have been shown to be still effective when administered 1 week after Traumatic Brain Injury.

Combining stem cells with lipid lowering supplements significantly enhanced vessel-to-tissue ratio in animals treated with a combination therapy. Newly proliferating vascular endothelial cells are known to produce an array of growth factors, which can promote the survival of mesenchymal stem cells. These published and recognized studies show significant improvement post-concussion and can be made available to professional athletes in the UFC and NFL for instance that are prone to concussions.

To learn whether our stem cell therapy in Los Angeles can help treat your health conditions, call Regenerative Medicine LA or book an appointment online.

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1. J, Pak. Regeneration of Cartilage in Human Knee Osteoarthritis with Autologous Adipose Tissue-Derived Stem Cells and Autologous Extracellular Matrix. Biores Open Access. 2016; 5(1): 192–200.
2. J, Freitag. Mesenchymal stem cell therapy in the treatment of osteoarthritis: reparative pathways, safety and efficacy – a review. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2016; 17: 230.
3. Centeno CJ, Schultz JR, Cheever M, Robinson B, Freeman M, Marasco W. Safety and complications reporting on the re-implantation of culture-expanded mesenchymal stem cells using autologous platelet lysate technique. Curr Stem Cell Res Ther. 2010 Mar; 5(1):81-93.
4. Chen J, Li Y, Wang L, et al. Therapeutic benefit of intravenous administration of bone marrow stromal cells after cerebral ischemia in rats. Stroke 2001;32(4):1005-11.
5. Shen LH, Li Y, Chen J, et al. Therapeutic benefit of bone marrow stromal cells administered 1 month after stroke. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab 2007;27(1):6-13.
6. Mahmood. A Long-Lasting Benefits after Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in Rats with Combination Therapy of Marrow Stromal Cells (MSCs) and Simvastatin. Journal of Neurotrauma. 2008 Dec; 25(12): 1441–1447.
7. Isakson, M. Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Cutaneous Wound Healing: Current Evidence and Future Potential.
8. S, Geeta. Transplantation of Human Embryonic Stem Cells in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis and Lyme Disease. The American Journal Of Case Reports. 2016; 17; 944-949.


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