Stem cell treatment for Liver Disease
Cirrhosis is a consequence of chronic liver disease characterized by replacement of liver tissue by fibrosis, scar tissue and regenerative nodules (lumps that occur as a result of a process in which damaged tissue is regenerated), leading to progressive loss of liver function. Cirrhosis is most commonly caused by alcoholism, hepatitis B and C, and fatty liver disease but has many other possible causes. Some cases are idiopathic, i.e., of unknown cause.
The A1 Medical Center Stem Cell Liver Disease Treatment
The stem cell liver treatment differs from standard methods because it is a drug-free alternative focused on repairing liver damage due to hepatitis C and other causes.
The entire procedure requires patients to stay for 4 or 5 nights.
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.
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 liver tissue.
Step 3 – Stem Cell Implantation
The stem cells are implanted back into the hepatic artery by angiography under local anesthesia or intravenously depending upon each patient’s individual medical needs.
Angiography – A special catheter (thin hollow wire) is inserted into the femoral artery and then guided forward under x-ray scanning until it reaches the hepatic artery where the stem cells are then injected. The angiography procedure takes about 90 minutes. Afterwards, the patient will spend 2 or 3 hours in the recovery room to ensure that the entry site is not bleeding.
IV – The stem cells are implanted directly into the bloodstream via intravenous injection. This procedure is very straighforward, quick and safe. Patients may leave the clinic very soon after the IV injection is complete.
Treatment Evaluation Process
To begin the stem cell treatment evaluation process, you 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.