STEM CELLS: FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative Medicine is an advancing approach to self-healing focused on the repair and regeneration of damaged tissue utilizing stem cells.
What are adult stem cells?
Adult stem cells are cells that haven’t yet been specified for an assignment within the body. Capable of self-renewal and differentiation, they are vital to maintaining tissues in the body such as internal organs, skin, and blood.
Are there different types of adult stem cells?
Yes, there are many types of adult stem cells found in the body, which have many potentials for differentiation. Most often, the adult stem cells used in the treatments offered by LA Neuro involve the multipotent, mesenchymal stem cell that that supports the repair of damaged tissue.
Where do adult stem cells come from?
The most accessible locations for mesenchymal stem cells are in bone marriow and fat tissue. They can also be found in the liver, epidermis, retina, skeletal muscle, intestine, brain, placenta, umbilical cord and dental pulp.
What is the difference between adult stem cells and embryonic stem cells?
Adult stem cells are found in mature adult tissues including bone marrow and fat, while embryonic stem cells (ESCs) are not found in the adult human body. ESCs are obtained from donated embryos provided during in vitro fertilization procedures, which raises many ethical concerns. Because ESCs are not autologous, there is a possibility of immune rejection. Adult stem cells do not raise ethical issues nor pose any risks for immune rejection.
Does Dr. Levesque use embryonic stem cells in clinical procedures?
No, Dr. Levesque’s treatments involve only autologous adult stem cells drawn from the patient during the therapy session.
Are there ethical issues associated with harvesting adult stem cells?
No. Because adult stem cells are harvested from the patient’s body, there aren’t ethical issues associated with this form of regenerative medicine.
How does Dr. Levesque obtain adult stem cells for use in cell treatment?
Typically, Dr. Levesque will obtain the cell material by aspirating bone marrow from your hip bone during your procedure.
How are adult stem cells used in therapeutic procedures?
Adult stem cells are used to treat patients with damaged tissues due to the aging process or trauma. During a procedure, stem cells are isolated from the patient, concentrated and delivered back to the site of injury to assist in the healing process.
How do stem cells know what type of tissue to develop into?
The differentiation of stem cells is dependent on many factors, including cell signaling and micro-environmental signals. So, the stem cells are very sensitive to the micro-environment in which they are placed. Based on these cues, the stem cells will respond as appropriate, including the potential to develop into healthy tissue needed to repair damaged tissue. For example, multipotent stem cells delivered to damaged bone will promote the development of bone cells to aid in tissue repair.
Will my body reject the stem cells?
No, since the cells are obtained from your body (autologous) and processed quickly at point-of-care, they will not be rejected.
Is stem cell therapy safe?
Yes. Dr. Levesque is a pioneer in the field since 1995, and can provide clinical studies to show that stem cells are safe and effective.
How long will the stem cells last?
It will depend on your condition, the area that is treated and your response to the therapy.
How much will it cost?
The average stem cell therapy is $5500 and may not be covered by insurance. Financing options are available.