Don’t be fooled by some of the ads you see today for “stem cell” therapy. Many of these so-called “experts” are peddling poor quality and/or inadequate quantities of stem cells in their injections, which means that their “treatments” offer little or no hope of bringing about the magic cures they promise.
As leaders in the field of regenerative medicine with scores of clinical research and satisfied patients who attest to our success, the physicians of Stem Cell Arts know that in order for the therapy to be effective, stem cells need to be alive. That is why we harvest healthy, living stem cells from your own bone marrow to use in your treatment. We do not use amniotic and cord tissue products. Aside from presenting moral or ethical issues for some patients, these products do not provide the living stem cells needed for healing.
To ensure we get the highest quantity of quality stem cells, we generally take small amounts from many areas of your body. Some orthopedic surgeons only aspirate from the knee because it is easy and convenient. But the knee has fewer stem cells than the pelvis. We take the time to extract cells from several areas to ensure we have created the greatest opportunity for successful treatment.
Once we have finished gathering the stem cells, our on-site lab enables us to concentrate—and count—the number of cells in every sample. This is significantly different from other practices that use bedside centrifuge machines to collect bone marrow. These machines are less sophisticated than our technology which is why they tend to be very inefficient at concentrating bone marrow cells.
We also have guidelines that tell us how many cells should be injected based on the procedure we are performing. We can follow these guidelines with confidence because our technology tells us how many cells are in each dose we administer. Practices that use bedside centrifuge machines have no idea how many cells they’re delivering, which means they do not know if the dose they are giving has enough living cells to be effective.
From beginning to end, the Regenexx® Stem Cell procedure we offer at Stem Cell Arts provides our patients with the best chance for successful healing. We harvest the best living cells your own bone marrow has to offer and then take pains to know how many cells we can and should dose to support your recovery. We do not employ a one-size-fits-all process.
The moral of this story is that quality and quantity do matter. At Stem Cell Arts, we take great pains to try to alleviate your pain.
A district court judge in Florida just issued a permanent injunction against U.S. Stem Cell, a Sunrise, Fla., clinic that has used stem cells from fat tissue (adipose) to treat a variety of illnesses. This clinic manufactures Stromal Vascular Fraction (SVF) from tissue obtained via liposuction. This tissue is then exposed to an enzyme that breaks down the structural component of fat and releases many different cells including a small portion of stem cells.
Under the terms of the injunction, the clinic is prohibited from making or marketing these extracts unless it meets the FDA’s standards for good manufacturing practice.
This is another victory against the dangerous and ineffective so-called stem cell therapies peddled by rogue clinics. We’ve written about this before and will continue to address the topic because these bad characters are not legitimate stem cell clinics.
Stem Cell Arts is the real deal. Our physicians are trained and licensed to perform Regenexx® Stem Cell therapy, which extracts healthy, living adult stem cells from your own body, concentrates these cells at the highest level possible and reinjects them into the injured area to boost your body’s ability to naturally promote healing. Our protocols for harvesting and processing stem cells are totally compliant with all FDA regulations.
The Florida ruling is a step in the right direction, but sadly, there are still clinics across the country that prey on the sick and the elderly by making false claims about their stem cell “treatments.” Clinics that use birth tissues (amniotic or cord tissues) are the modern-day equivalent of snake oil salesmen. They promise to inject patients with millions of live stem cells to treat chronic and sometimes incurable diseases, when in fact, birth tissue usually contains few—if any—viable stem cells. This is a critical distinction because in order to be effective healing agents, stem cells must be alive.
If you or someone you know has considered stem cell therapy, please do your homework. Stem Cell Arts has the expertise and clinical research and data to demonstrate that our therapies are safe, effective and legitimate. Don’t take any chances. Contact us today.
In case you missed it, The New Yorker and ProPublica recently published an extensive exposé on the dangerous umbilical cord and amniotic blood products being marketed by “clinics” around the country. According to the article, “Unscientific methods, deceptive marketing, price gouging, and disregard for patients’ well-being were rampant across the amniotic-stem-cell-therapy industry.”
As you know, we’ve written about this before. But given the proliferation of these bogus clinics and their and ineffective—and in some cases, life-threatening products—we will continue to drive home this critical reminder: Stem Cell Arts only uses the patient’s own stem cell products. Period. Full stop.
In doing so, we ensure that our patients do not risk dangerous infections from outside blood products. Stem Cell Arts physicians are trained and licensed to perform Regenexx® Stem Cell therapy, which is the world’s most advanced and uses adult stem cells from your own body—not amniotic or cord tissue cells. These cells can come from the body’s bone marrow as well as from body fat that contains mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) that have high levels of restorative properties to help heal damaged tissues, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, spinal disc or bone.
The New Yorker/ProPublica article noted that testing of the blood products from one stem cell supplier revealed that less than half of the cells were alive—and they may not have even been stem cells as marketed or contain any significant amount of restorative properties.
At Stem Cell Arts, we understand that chronic or acute pain can lead to desperate searches for a solution. But we encourage you to take the time to truly understand what stem cell and platelet rich plasma therapy entails. Realize the distinction between the healing qualities of your own stem cells and products supplied by outside clinics. And most importantly, research the credentials and history of those who purport to be “medical experts.”
Our Stem Cell Arts physicians are board-certified in specialties including Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as Sports Medicine. They are recognized within the field of regenerative medicine for their expertise and on-going research, publications and academic achievements.
If you or someone you know is considering non-surgical adult stem cell and blood platelet treatments for injuries and degenerative joint conditions such as osteoarthritis and spinal disc disease, please contact us. As the first stem cell-based musculoskeletal practice in the U.S., our experience and reputation speak for themselves.
Stem Cell Arts Dr. Mayo Friedlis has been invited to speak at the American Association of Orthopedic Medicine’s (AAOM) annual conference in Denver from May 1-4, 2019. Dr. Friedlis will lead a discussion on “Prolotherapy, PRP, Stem Cells – When to Use What?”
Dr. Friedlis was one of the first physicians in the Washington, D.C. area to be trained to perform platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy and is one of the first doctors in the area to use stem cell therapy for musculoskeletal injuries. He has been performing these treatments on patients for 15 years. As such, he will share this vast experience with the hundreds of physicians, surgeons, researchers and other healthcare professionals who attend the annual AAOM conference to discuss the latest techniques and therapies in musculoskeletal pain medicine.
Dr. Friedlis performs the Regenexx® Family of Stem Cell and Platelet Procedures at Stem Cell Arts. Regenexx® Stem Cell therapy extracts the patient’s own stem cells (not amniotic or cord tissue cells) and concentrates these cells at the highest level possible. These cells are then reinjected into the injured area to boost the body’s ability to naturally promote healing. The result is relief from chronic pain and inflammation from conditions such as arthritis, herniated back discs, tendon tears or joint injuries. The entire treatment is conducted in Stem Cell Arts’ sterile, state-of-the-art office procedure suites and in house laboratory, and takes only a few hours.
Dr. Friedlis is a past president of the AAOM and currently serves on its Educational Committee. An advocate for global stewardship, Dr. Friedlis coordinated medical mission trips to Central Mexico each year that are sponsored by the AAOM. These trips provided much needed pain management services to poor, rural communities. In 2011, he directed a new medical outreach program that brought pain management services to Lima, Peru.
Despite having more than 25 years of experience in the field of pain medicine, Dr. Friedlis continually enhances his knowledge and expertise through continuing education, training and research. That is one of the reasons he has been recognized by his peers as one of WASHINGTONIAN Magazine’s Top Doctors in Pain Management.
Dr. Friedlis earned his medical degree from Wayne State University and was selected Chief Resident during his residency at Sinai Hospital in Detroit. He is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is a Diplomat of the American Academy of Pain Management and the National Board of Medical Examiners. He has recently authored a book chapter on bone marrow aspiration to obtain stem cells for clinical use. He is an active member of the American Association of Orthopedic Medicine, American Academy of Pain Management, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, the International Spinal Injection Society and Virginia Medical Society.
We’ve written about this many times before, but it bears repeating: when it comes to stem cell and platelet rich plasma treatments, if you fail to do your homework the results could be life-threatening.
Yet another rogue clinic has made the news for selling unapproved stem cell products that have made people seriously ill. The Washington Post reports that during the past year, at least 17 people in five states have been hospitalized with serious infections following injections of products derived from umbilical cord blood products. All but two of the illnesses have been linked to a single company in California.
We’ll say it again: not all stem cell therapies are the same. Products derived from umbilical cord blood products are not approved by federal regulators or supported by clinical research. That is why Stem Cell Arts physicians are trained and licensed to perform Regenexx® Stem Cell therapy, which is the world’s most advanced and uses adult stem cells from your own body—not amniotic or cord tissue cells.
Many people are unaware that adult stem cells can be harvested without raising ethical or moral concerns. These cells can come from the body’s bone marrow as well as from body fat that contains mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) that contain high levels of restorative properties.
The Regenexx® Stem Cell procedure extracts your own stem cells, concentrates these cells at the highest level possible and reinjects them into the injured area to boost your body’s ability to naturally promote healing. The result is relief from chronic pain and inflammation from conditions such as arthritis, herniated back discs, tendon tears or joint injuries. The entire treatment is conducted in our sterile, state-of-the-art office procedure suites and takes only a few hours.
If you—or someone you know—is struggling with orthopedic injuries that will not heal, please reach out to us. We have been performing stem cell and platelet rich plasma therapies for more than a decade. Stem Cell Arts is recognized as a leader in the field of regenerative medicine and we have scores of clinical research and satisfied patients that attest to our success.
Stem Cell Arts physicians Rodney Dade, M.D., and Robert Wagner, M.D., have been recognized by Northern Virginia magazine as “Top Doctors for 2019.”
Nominated by their peers, Drs. Dade and Wagner were recognized for their outstanding patient care and on-going commitment to research in the field of regenerative medicine. Both physicians have extensive experience with Regenexx®, the nation’s leading stem cell and platelet procedures for orthopedic conditions, spine pain and degenerative joint conditions such as osteoarthritis. These procedures utilize a patient’s own stem cells to help heal damaged tissues, tendons, ligaments, cartilage or spinal discs.
Dr. Dade has been at the forefront of regenerative treatments for more than 20 years. He was one of Northern Virginia’s leading pioneers in performing platelet rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapies, which he has been offering to his patients since 200x.
Dr. Dade earned his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine. He interned at University of Pennsylvania Hospital Systems and completed his residency at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan. Dr. Dade is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is a Diplomate of both the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Academy of Pain Management. He is also a Fellow of the Physiatry Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation and is a member of the American Medical Association and Association of Academic Physiatrists.
A native of Northern Virginia, Dr. Wagner specializes in diagnosing and treating injuries of the spine, joints, tendons, nerves and ligaments. He also has years of experience treating acute and chronic injuries with stem cell therapy, platelet rich plasma (PRP) and prolotherapy. He has lectured and mentored clinicians nationally on these innovative techniques and their application for healing chronic pain conditions.
Dr. Wagner earned his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School and performed his residency and internship at Riverside Medical Center in Newport News, VA. He is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management. He is a member of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and the American Association of Orthopaedic Medicine. He has also received the Physician’s Recognition Award from the American Medical Association for his commitment to continuing medical education.