Stem Cell Treatment
What are Stem Cells
A stem cell is a self-renewing cell that can divide symmetrically to give rise to two daughter cells, or asymmetrically to generate daughter cells with different developmental potentials. There are several benefits of stems cells like having potential to replace cell tissue that has been damaged or destroyed by illness. Understanding how stem cells develop into healthy and diseased cells will assist our research in developing treatments for various illnesses.
What is PRP?
PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma. Clinically, we can use PRP in conjunction with stem cells to regenerate tissue in our Brea location. It has a high concentration of growth factors and can be extracted from your venous blood. It has been useful to repair many sports related injuries of tendons and muscles.
What are the Clinical Applications for Stem Cells?
Adult stem cells are ethical and FDA approved in the United States. We are currently treating Leukemia and Lymphoma with hematopoietic stem cells and mesenchymal stem cells in the hospital. We are now able to use your own mesenchymal stem cells from fat tissue under local anesthesia in our Brea office to manage degenerative arthritis of knees, shoulders and elbows. We are also able to utilize this technology for cosmetic applications for such treatments as autologous fat transfer to the face, hands, breasts and buttock areas.
What are the Differences between Stem Cells and PRP?
Stem cells are extracted from adult fat cells and have many growth factors from your own genes that enable it to regenerate new cells and repair damaged tissues. It requires a minor surgical procedure such as liposculpting techniques to retrieve your adult fat cells.
On the other hand, PRP is the concentrated platelets from your venous blood that has high concentrations of growth factors that can repair damaged tissue. It can be retrieved by drawing blood from your arm.
Is the Stem Cell Procedure Painful?
It is not painful because it is done under local anesthesia. You are fully awake; you have no risk of blood clots because you are not under general anesthesia.
When Can I Return to Work ?
Typically, there is little or no downtime at all with this procedure. However, everyone heals differently. Some patients return to work the same day. Others feel more comfortable taking one day off. You will have to decide what is best for you.
Am I a Candidate?
If you have arthritis of the knees, shoulders, elbows, hands, wrists and are tired of taking medication or you don’t want to undergo surgery, you will be an ideal candidate for the Stem Cell and/or PRP procedure. If you have injured your ligaments, such as tennis elbow, Achilles tendon, rotator cuff tears, bursitis, muscle sprains, ankle strain or meniscus tears, Stem Cell and/or PRP will help your injured tissue to repair and heal.
What are the Side Effects?
Temporary bruises will resolve within one week. Tissue swelling will also resolve within one week. Usually there are no allergic reactions due to the fat and blood samples have been taken from you personally.
How Long before I See Results?
After a joint injection with Stem Cell and/or PRP, you may experience swollen tissue for two to three days and then you will feel improvement of painful joints within two to three weeks. You may need to repeat the injection in one month, depending on how severe your arthritis. Aging and overuse are major factors contributing to our arthritis issues. On average, patients may require between 1-3 injections.
Cosmetically, for fat transfer with Stem Cell treatment, you will see immediate results. Common treatment areas include face, hands, breasts and gluteal area. Using Stem Cell and PRP will tend to last between two to ten years, depending on the location of the area and your aging process..
Patient Testimonials on PRP and Stem Cell Treatments in Brea, California with Dr. Jao
“It has completely healed my rotator cuff tear. It’s been 3 months since I did PRP and now I have full range of motion and I can even play volleyball which was impossible 3 months ago!”
“The results were not felt immediately, but after approx 8 weeks, the treated joints improved in terms of pain level. The PRP did not work as well on my right knee, which had bone-on-bone joints, but the stem cell procedure worked on it extremely well. 2 months after the stem cell treatment, the knee joint started responding and the pain level dropped by about 85%. Also some of the mobility is returning.”
“It has healed my rotator cuff tear. There is no evidence that it occurred. Shoulder feels normal and I have full range of motion without pain. I have my golf game back and I am happy!”