Neck Arthritis and Spine disease have two common problems causing neck pain, degenerative disk disease and facet arthropathy (a type of arthritis) of the cervical spine. Not all disk problems are amenable to regenerative therapy and patient selection is very important to optimize outcomes. Many forms of spine pain are actually due to arthritis of the facet joints (small joints where vertebra connect to their adjacent neighboring vertebrae). We have developed a Neck Arthritis and Spine disease protocol that attempts to exploit the anti-inflammatory and healing effects of SVF (rich in mesenchymal stem cells and growth factors). The protocol uses an advanced method of target planning using MRI with gadolinium contrast to identify inflamed or degenerated areas along the cervical spine. Once these are located, SVF is deployed by laser guided CAT scan to within 1mm of the targets seen on MRI. This is all done as an outpatient at the time of SVF harvesting and procurement. The entire procedure takes approximately 4 hours. This unique targeting and deployment system is the only one like it in the world for deploying SVF into backs.
Stem cells are tiny ancestral cells found in our body that can divide and change into various cell types. Your stem cells are your body’s natural healing cells and can act as your own personal repair system in your body by replenishing adult tissues. They are also the source of all the cell that die. There are two broad types of stem cells: embryonic stem cells, and adult stem cells. For our purposes we do not utilize embryonic stem cells, we magnify on the usage of adult stem cells and bone marrow stem cells.body where it is most needed. Bone marrow stem cells can be used for similar functions.
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