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Multiple Sclerosis Stem Cell Therapy

Today, advances in research are providing new hope to people affected by Multiple Sclerosis. MS Stem Cell Therapies are being studied for their effectiveness in improving conditions in patients suffering from Multiple Sclerosis.

Multiple Sclerosis Stem Cell Therapy

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Multiple Sclerosis Stem Cell Questions


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What is MS?

MS is a disease where the body attacks itself, specifically the fatty coating called the myelin sheath on nerves in the brain, spinal cord, and eye area. This causes many scars to develop, which prevent the nerves from communicating as they should. This communication breakdown creates a range of symptoms from mild to severe, and from temporary to permanent.

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Types of MS?

  • Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS):
    Approximately 85% of people with multiple sclerosis are diagnosed with this type. In RRMS, people have clearly defined periods that alternate between remission and relapse. A relapse is also called an exacerbation, an attack, or a flare-up. During the relapse period, MS symptoms worsen and new ones may appear. These relapses are followed by a long or short period of remission when symptoms partially or completely go away. There is no way to predict the remission/relapse time frames.
  • Secondary-Progressive MS (SPMS):
    Another type of multiple sclerosis is secondary-progressive MS (SPMS). Some people, following an initial period with relapsing MS, may develop this type in which symptoms and disability get progressively worse. It is less common to have periods of remission/relapse here.
  • Primary-Progressive MS:
    This type occurs in about 10% of people living with multiple sclerosis. Typically, people living with primary-progressive MS experience a slow but steady worsening of the disease from its onset, with no distinct periods of relapse or remission. The rate of progression varies for people with primary-progressive multiple sclerosis and may even include periods of temporary minor improvement.
  • Progressive-Relapsing MS:
    This type is also characterized by a steady worsening of the disease. Unlike people living with primary-progressive MS, people living with progressive-relapsing MS typically experience acute periods of relapse from which they may or may not recover. This is a relatively rare type of multiple sclerosis, occurring in approximately 5% of people living with MS.
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What are stem cells?

Stem cells are unprogrammed cells in the human body that can replicate themselves or differentiate into other types of cells like: nerve, skin, blood, muscle, bone, cartilage and other specialized types of cells. At the forefront of Cellular Therapies, in a new field of science called Regenerative Medicine, Stem Cells have the potential to treat many conditions because of their ability to replace tissue or organs that have been damaged by disease, trauma, or congenital issues.

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How Do Stem Cells Work?

Stem cells are unspecialized cells that have the ability to become specialized cells. By following the inflammatory responses released by damaged or diseased tissues in the body, stem cells are activated to help repair and regenerate damaged cells such as nerve, skin, blood, muscle and many others.

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How Often Do We Use Our Stem Cells?

Our stem cells are utilized daily to regenerate and repair tissue that has been damaged due to age, disease or trauma.

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What Types Of Stem Cells Can We Harvest?

There are three sources of stem cells that can be harvested from a patient’s body. These sources include bone marrow, peripheral blood and adipose (fat) tissue.

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What is a stem cell therapy?

Stem cell therapy is an intervention strategy that introduces new adult stem cells into damaged tissue in order to treat disease or injury. Many medical researchers studying Cellular Therapies in Regenerative Medicine believe that stem cell therapies have the potential to change the face of human disease and alleviate suffering. Studying the ability of stem cells to self-renew and differentiate offers significant potential for tissue generation that can potentially replace diseases and damaged areas in the body, with minimal risk of rejection and side effects.

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What Is An Adipose Adult Stem Cell Procedure?

The stem cells for an adipose adult stem cell procedure are harvested by extracting the patient's adipose tissue through a procedure called mini-liposuction. This is an outpatient procedure performed under local or twilight anesthesia. During the procedure, the fat cells are extracted from the patient’s body. The extracted fat cells are then transferred to Younique Therapies onsite lab where the processing of the stem cells occur. During the processing phase, the stem cells are isolated from the fat, activated using the patient’s own growth factors derived from their PRP (platelet rich plasma) and prepared for infusion. The final stem cell product is reintroduced back to the patient intravenously (IV) and in a combination of other modalities, all dependent on the patient's specific needs. It takes approximately four to five hours to complete the entire process, from extraction to infusion.

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What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)?

Our blood contains platelets which contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors that are very important in the healing of injuries. PRP is plasma with a high concentration of platelets. Studies have shown that the increased concentration of growth factors in PRP speeds up the healing process.

We do everything in our power to make sure your visit is an enjoyable one and that you leave with exactly what you were expecting. Our mission is to provide patients with cutting-edge, result-oriented stem cell procedures while providing the highest level of customer service.

Dr. Mark M. Youssef, PSc.D
License Number/Date: L.32597229 4.19.2016
License Level: Doctor of Pastoral Science & Medicine

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