Our process uses adult stem cells, harvested from adipose tissue (fat). We've found that we get a much higher cell yield from adipose tissue, as compared to other sources of adult stem cells, and therefore can reach a therapeutic threshold without the need to culture cells.
Stem cells have the potential to develop into many different types of cells in the body. According to the latest clinical research, a patient's own body fat is the most abundant source of stem cells. Medically known as adipose-derived stem and regenerative cells (ADRCs), these stem cells have been used safely and effectively in several thousand patients in rigorous clinical trials and other clinical settings. ADRCs have been found to "re-vascularize" tissue that lacks blood flow.
Heart conditions are the most difficult to treat with stem cells. With our technique and treatment protocol we are able to get to the affected areas directly delivering the cells into the heart wall and not just the bloodstream.
Once the stem cells are harvested from the patient's own body and separated from the adipose (fat) tissue. Part of the Stem Cells are implanted through a catheter from the right femoral artery up through the aorta into the left ventricle of the heart using a retractable syringe that injects the stem cells directly into the heart wall.
Using real-time imaging during the procedure with both a fluoroscope and a trans-esophageal echo-cardiogram, we get a complete visual of every portion of the heart and it’s movement, and wall thickness. The cells will do their job of repairing and restoring the damaged tissue directly as opposed of just being released into the bloodstream.
The cells are injected in a grid pattern using an average of 16 injection sites, 1cm apart. They're injected in both the damaged portion of the heart, as well as the healthy tissue surrounding it and the transition area between the two. The remaining cells are delivered through an IV infusion directly into your bloodstream.
The board certified interventional cardiologist that does this procedures (Dr. Parcero) has done over 14,000 catherizations....he is one of the top cardiologist in the country.
To determine a patient's candidacy for this treatment we require the following recent medical records:
* Cardiac Panel
* 12 Lead ECG
* Nuclear Stress Test or 6 minute walk test
* Medical Summary from your doctor
* Lab work (to rule out patient, HIV, Hepatitis or any Viral conditions)
When it comes to stem cell treatment for heart disease, there are a number of major players. A clinic called Okyanos has recently opened in the Bahamas and Regenerative Medicine Institute has been serving patients since 2009.
Physicians at Regenerative Medicine Institute (RMI) began their practice with the knowledge that adipose-derived adult autologous stem cells had the potential to help the body regenerate. It was with a great deal of excitement that they began to offer the option of adult stem cells to seriously ill patients from around the globe. With board certified specialists taking lead in each and every case, RMI developed 27 disease specific research protocols, submitting them for both IRB and government approval.
Through their experiences, RMI learned that not every condition could be treated as successfully as others. “It is important that a patient be able to have confidence in his doctor,” said Dr. Javier Lopez, Director of RMI. “Our board of directors represents cutting-edge researchers and physicians from around the world. The reason we sought a board with such a strong pedigree is that we wanted to be held to the highest possible standards. When a protocol is successful we want to build upon it. When one does not work well, we seek to learn everything we can from it so that the greatest number of patients will benefit.”
After five years of clinical practice and through collaboration with various research institutions, RMI has refined its practice. In addition to stem cell therapy for congestive heart failure and type 2 diabetes, RMI also offers immunotherapy for serious conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, chronic kidney disease, hepatitis, lupus, Lyme disease, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease.
With a practice that offers services through both an ambulatory clinic as well as the state-of-the-art Hospital Angeles, RMI employs some of the most respected physicians and specialists in their field. Due to the sheer amount of research that has taken place over the course of the last five years, RMI has begun to offer a new and promising immunotherapeutic approach to cancer treatment.
“Cancer is not a single disease, but rather a group of more than 100 distinct and different illnesses that all begin with cellular abnormalities. Our proprietary T Cell Modulator is a leucocyte extract whose purpose is to regulate immune function by controlling the production of signaling substances that influence immune cell activity,” said Dr. Lopez.
As to the concerns patients may have in regard to receiving medical treatment in a foreign country, Dr. Lopez says, “Even though many of us live and work in Tijuana, we understand the concerns of patients who may not be familiar with the city. For that reason, we encourage our patients to fly or drive into San Diego. We pick each patient up and shuttle them the few miles across the border to our clinic or Hospital Angeles. It is a routine trip for us and we have never faced a problem. Our ultimate goal is to keep our patients comfortable.”
Dr. Lopez expresses enthusiasm as other programs, like Okyanos, open their doors for the first time. “The media shares plenty of stories of international clinics with less-than-honest practices, but there are also amazing medical programs out there, doing the cutting-edge work that will help us get a handle on how most major health issues can be effectively dealt with.
“I can only wish a program like Okyanos the very best and am anxious to see how each of us will continue to grow, learn, and serve our patients,” Dr. Lopez said.
We offer a variety of customizable programs to meet our patient's specific needs.
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