FAQs

FAQs

Q: What is regenerative medicine?

A: The National Institutes of Health defines regenerative medicine as “the process of creating living, functional tissues to repair or replace tissue or organ function lost due to age, disease, damage, or congenital defects. This field holds the promise of regenerating damaged tissues and organs in the body by stimulating previously irreparable organs to heal themselves.
Regenerative medicine also empowers scientists to grow tissues and organs in the laboratory and safely implant them when the body cannot heal itself. Importantly, regenerative medicine has the potential to solve the problem of the shortage of organs available through donation compared to the number of patients that require life-saving organ transplantation.”

Q: What are some of the tools of regenerative medicine?

A: The tools of regenerative medicine include tissue engineering, cellular therapies – such as stem cell treatment – and medical devices and artificial organs. Combining these approaches can amplify the natural healing process in areas of the body where it is needed most, or take over the function of a permanently damaged organ.

Q: What is a stem cell?

A: Basically, a stem cell is any cell in the human body that can replicate and differentiate. This means the cell can not only multiply, it can turn into different types of tissues. There are different types of stem cells. For example, most people are aware of the term “embryonic stem cell.” Those are cells from the embryonic stage that have yet to differentiate and, as such, they can change into any body part. Which is why they are called “pluri-potential” cells. These stem cells have been the subject of controversy because they’re taken from unborn or unwanted embryos. While they have been used in some areas of medicine, they have also been associated with occasional tumor (teratoma) formations. Nevertheless, some companies are at work isolating particular lines of embryonic stem cells for future use. Then there are “adult stem cells.” These cells are already in one’s body within various tissues and have been often derived from bone-marrow. These cells are known as “mesenchymal stem cells” because they come from the mesodermal area of your body. They can differentiate into bone and cartilage, as well as other mesodermal elements like fat, connective tissue, blood vessels, muscle and nerve tissue. However, bone marrow stem cells are low in numbers; so when they are extracted, they are usually cultured so they can multiply for future use. Fortunately, fat is loaded with mesenchymal stem cells compared to bone marrow. And we have the technology that allows us to separate stem cells from fat. Since most people have adequate fat supplies and the number of stem cells is so great, the cells don’t need to be cultured over a period of time and can be used right away.

Q: How do adult stem cells heal?

A: The miraculous thing about adult cells are that they are “progenitor” cells. That means they remain dormant – doing nothing – unless they encounter some sort of tissue injury. Then they spring into action. So let’s say you have a degenerative type problem – the stem cells gravitate to the afflicted area and stimulate the healing process. Whether these cells simply change into the type of injured tissue needed for repair or they trigger signals that induces the repair by another mechanism is still unclear. But there is no doubt based on human evidence that these are reparative cells.

Q: What diseases and problems can stem cells treat?

A:Stem cell therapy is having tremendous success in the following medical cases:
• The repairing of chronic pain, worn knees and bone on bone contact.

• The manipulation of the adipose fat derived stem cells of a healthy adult to make heart like cells, for repairing the heart tissue.

• The introduction of stem cells into the spinal cord to bypass the brain/blood barrier to treat neurological diseases like ALS,
Alzheimer’s, Autism and more.

• Stem cell therapy can start the repair of diabetes and chronic kidney diseases.

• Stem cells introduced to the eyes can cure Retinitis Pigmentosa and Macular Degeneration.

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A specialist will evaluate your condition and discuss whether you are a potential candidate for stem cell therapy. If, after you’ve been recommended for treatment and decide that you would like to explore this avenue of treatment, then you can be considered for treatment. Although it is a minimally invasive procedure, you will still need to be medically examined and cleared for the procedure.

Q: Is this procedure FDA-approved?

A: No. However, surgical procedures fall under the category of physician’s practice of medicine, wherein the physician and patient are free to consider their chosen course of treatment. The FDA does have guidelines about treatment and manipulation of a patient’s own tissues. At RenewU Medical, we meet these guidelines by providing same day treatment with the patient’s own cells that undergo no manipulation and are deployed during the same procedure.

Q: Does RenewU Medical use any embryonic stem cells?

A: No. Although earlier stem cell research was associated with the controversial use of embryonic stem cells, the new focus is on non-embryonic adult stem cells. These are found in a person’s own blood, bone marrow, and fat, making the cells easy to obtain. Also, they are generally very healthy.
At RenewU Medical, we only use adult mesenchymal stem cells capable of forming bone, cartilage, fat, muscle, ligaments, blood vessels, and certain organs. RenewU Medical uses adipose derived stem cells for deployment since adipose fat is an abundant and reliable source.
The best quality adipose cells are derived from the enzymatic digestion of lipo-suctioned fat. Autologous stem cells from your own fat are easy to harvest safely under local anesthesia and are abundant in quantities up to 2,500 times those found in bone marrow.
The success and favorable outcomes of stem cell therapy appear to be related directly to the quantity of stem cells that are deployed. Once these adipose derived stem cells are administered to the patient, they have the potential to influence healing and repair human tissue. They also have the potential of forming new cells of mesenchymal origin, such as cartilage, bone, ligaments, tendons, nerve, fat, muscle, blood vessels, and certain internal organs.
There is plenty of evidence – both experimental and anecdotal – that stem cell therapy is effective in healing and regeneration. This ability makes stem cells highly useful in the treatment of degenerative conditions.

Q: What is RenewU Medical’s approach to regenerative medicine?

A: Patients suffer from various kinds of degenerative illnesses, conditions associated with nearly all aspects of the body. At RenewU Medical, we challenge the incurable with cutting edge therapy treatment options that cover a wide range of these diseases. Our state-of-the-art stem cell and gene therapies aid to reverse even the most debilitating conditions. Our specialists evaluate, recommend, and/or treat these conditions, and subsequently follow your progress. Together, we work to coordinate and provide therapy using your own stem cells, but we also exploring other avenues of regenerative medicine. For example, if you’re experiencing a knee problem, you would consult with our Clinic Director, but also receive treatment from a Board Certified orthopedic surgeon. Also, you might be recommended for hormone replacement therapy or an exercise program. In any case, we believe stem cell therapy is the most likely effective regenerative treatment. We at RenewU Medical are dedicated to detecting, preventing, and treating aging related disease and to promote health optimization and prevention. We are focused on natural more biologically naive modalities to help individuals manage any co-morbid chronic and or acute medical conditions. We also aim to facilitate research into methods to retard and optimize the human aging process. We also take tremendous pride and have an inherent desire to educate our patients, colleagues, and members of the public on anti-aging and ensuring optimal health and wellness

Q: Why do patients choose stem cell treatment at RenewU Medical?

A: Many patients have been told that they require surgery or other risky treatments for their ailments and they are seeking non-invasive alternatives. Some may have read about the success of stem cell therapy or heard compelling testimonials from other patients with similar conditions. RenewU Medical provides a choice to those informed patients who seek modern regenerative therapy. We fill a need for those patients who have been told they have to travel to distant countries and pay a small fortune for stem cell treatments off shore. Instead, they can receive the treatment they need at our clinics conveniently located in West Palm Beach, Florida and Manhattan, New York.

Q:What is a cell bank? Why does RenewU Medical use cell banking? And how does it work?

A: A cell bank is a facility that stores cells of specific genome for the purpose of future use in a product or for medicinal needs. Stem cells can be isolated by a physician from a small sample of adipose (fat) tissue or bone marrow. The sample is then shipped to a stem cell bank where scientists process the sample, multiply the stem cells to obtain millions of cells, and store them at extremely low temperatures for future use. Adult stem cells can be obtained at any age, but – because they age like any other part of the body– it is best to collect and preserve a maximum amount of stem cells while they’re still young and healthy. Unlike many other clinics offering stem cell therapy, RenewU Medical provides timely stem cell banking through U.S. Stem Cell Laboratories, a FDA registered tissue bank – which is a huge advantage for our patients. For one thing, it allows them not only to preserve their stem cells, but also to have peace of mind knowing their healthier, younger stem cells are available for any future illness or injury. Also, banking stem cells prevents them from undergoing another surgical tissue harvest at a later date. So instead of getting ‘one dose of stem cells,’ the bank can expand a sample for up to 25 doses. In other words, our patients can get the benefit of up to 20-25 doses without having to go through the fat extraction ever again – unless treatment requires more than the allotted doses.

Q:How does RenewU Medical obtain a patient’s stem cells?

A: RenewU Medical patients undergo a minimally-invasive liposuction type of harvesting procedure by a surgeon in our specialized treatment facility in a RenewU Medical Center. Patients have their fat harvested with our special sterile technology under a local anesthetic. The ‘mini-liposuction” fat removal procedure lasts approximately 20 minutes. There is no downtime, post-operative discomfort is minimal, and there is minimal restriction on activity.

Q:How does RenewU Medical control sterility in the processing of the stem cells?

A: Stem cells are harvested under sterile conditions using a special “closed system” technology. That way, the cells never come into contact with the environment throughout the entire process from removal to deployment. This sterile technique, along with oral antibiotics, are also used to prevent infection.

Q:Does RenewU Medical use stem cells from any other animal source or person?

A: Absolutely not. Only a patient’s own adult autologous cells are used. The cells are harvested from each individual and deployed back into their own body. That eliminates the risk of contamination or the introduction of mammalian DNA into the treatments.

Q:What are the benefits of stem cell therapy?

A: There are numerous benefits to stem cell therapy: • It’s good for patients experiencing severe pain or are facing a life threatening condition. This is because it does not entail expensive reconstructive surgery or medications. It is applicable on joint pains of the knee, shoulder, elbows, and tendon to neurological and autoimmune diseases. • It is a simple way of treating and reversing debilitating conditions in the body due to its mode of introduction to the body. The stem cells are programmed to hone into the specific areas that need repair. • It increases collagen in the body. The application of the treatment entails injection of the stem cells with other substances. Some medical practitioners, campaign for anesthetic substances and collagen being one of the substances introduced into the body. • It helps patients return to their normal healthy states as fast as possible. This is because they continue reproducing even after periods of remaining inactive.