We harvest stem cells from your body to help you heal

Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative medicine is a branch of translational research in tissue engineering and molecular biology which deals with the "process of replacing, engineering or regenerating human cells, tissues or organs to restore or establish normal function

Stem cells are thought to mediate repair via five primary mechanisms: 1) providing an anti-inflammatory effect, 2) homing to damaged tissues and recruiting other cells, such as endothelial progenitor cells, that are necessary for tissue growth, 3) supporting tissue remodeling over scar formation, 4) inhibiting apoptosis, and 5) differentiating into bone, cartilage, tendon, and ligament tissue.

To further enrich blood supply to the damaged areas, and consequently promote tissue regeneration, platelet-rich plasma could be used in conjunction with stem cell transplantation. The efficacy of some stem cell populations may also be affected by the method of delivery; for instance, to regenerate bone, stem cells are often introduced in a scaffold where they produce the minerals necessary for generation of functional bone.

Stem cells have also been shown to have a low immunogenicity due to the relatively low number of MHC molecules found on their surface. In addition, they have been found to secrete chemokines that alter the immune response and promote tolerance of the new tissue. This allows for allogeneic treatments to be performed without a high rejection risk.

Regenerative Treatments

Orthopaedic Stem Cell Injections

Stem cells are the blank cells produced within the body that can accept the DNA from other cells and, in turn, produce those types of cells. Stem cells are produced throughout the body and can be found in almost all of the organs, including the heart, brain, kidneys, liver, skin, and lungs. The body produces stem cells as a way of regenerating the tissues. Our physicians work with autologous (your own) adipose-derived stem cells from a small quantity of fat harvested by liposuction on the same day. Under our IRB (Institutional Review Board)-approved protocol, we are able to provide fat derived stem cell procedures on an investigational basis. Doctors are finding that orthopedic stem cell injections are proving extremely beneficial when it comes to treating various types of joint conditions.

Bioidentical Hormones For Men

Andropause or male menopause can begin to affect men in their early 40's. In much the same way as a woman loses estrogen, men begin to lose testosterone as they age. This can cause a variety of issues that can affect a man's quality of life. A few of the symptoms of male menopause are a lack of sex drive, fatigue, weight gain, loss of muscle, night sweats, urinary inconsistency, and memory loss. Bioidentical hormones for men can restore hormonal balance and minimize many of the symptoms associated with male menopause. They are extremely beneficial when the loss of normal levels of testosterone begin to affect a man's overall general health.

Bioidentical Hormones For Women

Bioidentical hormones for women have the exact same structure as their natural counterparts. A bioidentical hormone mixture is often formulated according to the patient's exact needs. Every woman's specific hormone levels will be determined by their genetic makeup, their environment, and their overall health. As they enter menopause and their estrogen levels begin to drop, the need for hormone replacement therapy may increase. With the use of bioidentical hormones, women have fewer side effects while their hormone levels are gently brought back into balance. It also allows them to live a more normal life, full of energy and good spirits.

PRP Joint Injections

PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma. Platelet-rich plasma is a blood product that is developed using the patient's own cells. Blood is drawn from the patient and then put through a process designed to concentrate the number of platelets the finished product contains.   It also contains growth factors that are naturally found in the blood. PRP joint injections provide additional platelets and growth factors to injured joints, hastening the healing process and allowing the body to help regenerate damaged tissues.

Weight Loss

A medically supervised weight loss plan gives the patient the benefit of having professional guidance throughout their weight loss journey. Not only does this type of weight loss plan offer an in-depth view of the person's health, it also gives them clues as to the best ways to lose the weight for their particular body type and genetic makeup. This type of weight loss plan offers nutritional support as well as in addition to procedures that can help them to fine tune their results once they have reached their goal weight. Body contouring can help a patient lose the final inches they may have had trouble working off with exercise and diet.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Stem cell therapy may soon become a go-to treatment option for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and similar autoimmune conditions. ... In fact, these “master cells” can now be replicated within the patient's own body.  Because they are the patient’s own cells, there is less risk associated with using them.

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San Francisco Institute of Aesthetic and Regenerative Medicine

421 Post Street 14th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102

415-767-1919

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