Where Do Stem Cells Come From?

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Stem cells typically come from two sources; one is from adult body tissue and the other from the umbilical cord blood donated post-birth by healthy babies and moms. Stem cells can be harvested from multiple places on the body using various methods. There are many ailments stem cells can treat.  At Sunstone Regenerative Medicine, we mainly treat orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions, but the future is very promising for many types of treatments.

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Stem Cell Donations Can Come From The Following Sources:

Bone Marrow:

Autologous transplants (stem cells from the patient’s body):

These stem cells are most frequently harvested from the iliac crest of the hip (pelvic area) because this is the largest reservoir of bone marrow in the body, and it floats close to the surface of the bone. The bone marrow contains stem cells that technicians spin in a centrifuge to isolate and concentrate. The stem cells are then used for immediate treatment/injection into the area of concern.

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Umbilical Cord Blood:

Allogeneic transplants (donor stem cells) are post-natal cells that are harvested after a healthy, planned C-section delivery from the umbilical cord, placenta and other tissues such as amniotic materials with no harm to the baby. There are many people who choose to donate the cord blood tissues that would otherwise be wasted. This only works when both the mom and baby are healthy after delivery, and donations are only accepted from heavily screen donors. Sunstone Regenerative Medicine takes great care and does diligence on the companies providing the products we use to ensure that the lab complies with all US FDA regulations and Current Good Tissue Practice guidelines.

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Peripheral Stem Cells:

Another option is for the person to receive injections that cause the body’s bone marrow to release more stem cells into the blood.  Then doctors draw the patient’s blood, and a high-tech machine separates the blood from the stem cells, and (similar to the process of donating plasma), the filtered blood is put the blood back into the body.  These treatments are typically used for patients who have cancer or other diseases that damage the patient’s bone marrow or stem cells and in these cases, the peripheral stem cells are used to replace cells in the patients’ bodies that have been damaged by disease or anti-cancer medications such as chemotherapy treatments.

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Donating or Harvesting Stem Cells

Sunstone utilizes both donated and harvested tissues for our orthobiologic injections and therapies, and the decision for which type of procedure is one you should discuss with your provider to determine the best probability for success depending upon your age, condition, and the severity of your joint deterioration.  Umbilical cord blood tissue products are considered universal donor type products because the cells are immune privileged, so there is little risk of rejection or immune response.  Whether your own harvested cells are used, or it is determined that donated umbilical cord cells are a good option, there are many other powerful agents in the injections such as growth factors, collagen scaffolding, and other lipids and proteins that all can further assist your body in the healing process.

The Future of Stem Cell Research

Scientists are constantly working to develop stem cell treatments for the following ailments:

Tissue Regeneration

  • Severe Burns
  • Damaged Skin
  • Nerve Damage
  • Organ Regrowth/Healing: Pancreas, Kidneys, Liver, Lungs, Spinal Cord.

Brain Diseases

  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Stroke
  • Cerebral Palsy

Autoimmune Diseases

  • Crohn’s disease
  • Lupus
  • Diabetes
  • Multiple Sclerosis

Cardiovascular Diseases

  • Atherosclerosis
  • Heart Failure
  • Ischemia

Lung Diseases

  • COPD
  • Asthma
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis

Blood Diseases

  • Leukemia
  • Sickle Cell Anemia

Stem Cell Treatment in Colorado Springs

While we are excited about these future possibilities for various stem cell treatments, it is important to know that we have been consistently treating patients in Southern Colorado for over five years with several different types of orthobiologic and stem cell therapies for orthopedic and other conditions. At Sunstone Regenerative Medicine, we utilize the latest techniques to improve comfort and success. If you currently suffer from a persistent condition, you might be a candidate for stem cell treatment in Colorado Springs.

We have treated thousands of patients with pain and degenerative joint disease in their knees, elbows, shoulders, spine, hips, wrists/thumbs, feet, ankles, and a number of ligament and soft tissue conditions as well.

We would love to schedule a consultation with you to discuss your treatment options. Our team always provides an honest opinion and outlines the best course of action. We want you to achieve success, which is why our patients continue to trust us. Our main priority is your well-being, which is why we offer these innovative techniques in the first place. If you are tired of dealing with the same ailments, it’s time for a change.

Trust the experts at Sunstone Regenerative Medicine to get you on the path of recovery.

You’ll wish you had done it sooner.

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