Stem Cell Therapy

  • While my practice has always been based on aesthetics alone I have spent the last few years having the honor to help people feel better from both the inside and out. In 2012,  I joined with world-renowned Julian Whitaker, M.D. from the famous Whitaker Wellness Center to form The Newport Beach Stem Cell Treatment Center (NBSCTC). Three years later and over three hundred patient’s treated I am thrilled to announce to my patient’s this experimental, but very promising treatment.

    To get started and find out how receiving adipose (fat) derived adult stem cell therapy at our Newport Surgery Facility can help restore your health and vitality, schedule your consultation or obtain more information by calling (949) 721-1113.

    Wishing all health and happiness,

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    Michael V Elam, M.D.

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    Julian Whitaker, M.D.

  • Harvesting
    The stem cells are derived from the patient’s own fat, which is harvested during mini-liposuction. Performed in a sterile treatment facility under local anesthesia, specially designed equipment is used to remove several ounces of fat, usually from the abdominal area. The surgical portion of this procedure lasts approximately 20 minutes.

     

    Cell Preparation
    After harvesting the fat, the next step is to isolate the stem cells by separating them from the fat (or adipose) cells. Our procedure, which involves a sterile “closed system” technology (so cells never come into contact with the outside environment), yields extremely high numbers of viable stem cells.

    Formation into the body
    The stem cells are then deployed, or returned, back into the patient’s body using minimally invasive methods. Depending on the condition, stem cells may be infused into veins or injected subcutaneously or directly into joints or other areas. In the right environment, these stem cells can differentiate, or change, into bone, cartilage, muscle, fat, collagen, nerves, blood vessels, and other tissue types. Because these are the patient’s own cells, there is no risk of rejection.

  • Stem Cell Therapy was once a “futuristic” idea. Well the FUTURE IS NOW!

    Adipose derived adult mesenchymal stem cells are able to change into a variety of cell and tissue types—including bone, cartilage, blood vessels, muscles, nerves, and skin—that may be useful in treating a broad range of conditions including, but not limited to:

    – Autoimmune Diseasesstem cell image
    – Back and Neck Pain
    – Cardiovascular Disorders
    – Fractures
    – Heart Failure
    – Lung Diseases
    – Neurological Disorders
    – Parkinson’s Disease
    – Peripheral Neuropathy
    – Skin Conditions
    – Sports Injuries
    – Stroke Damage
    – Wellness and Rejuvenation

    Patients’ own adult stem cells have been used to regenerate cardiac tissue damaged by Heart Attacks and Heart Failure; improve outcomes in Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Stroke, Peripheral Neuropathy and other Neurological Disorders; promote healing of fractures and damaged cartilage; relieve inflammation and pain; and treat cosmetic and reconstructive dermatological conditions, as well as Anti-Aging.

  • Stem Cell:
    An unspecialized cell that can differentiate (ie. change into) a specific specialized cell: also has the capability to replicate. There are several kinds of stem cells.

    Adult Stem Cells
    For stem cell therapy we utilize Adult Stem Cells. The primary function of Adult Stem Cells, which reside throughout the body, is to maintain and repair tissues. Their innate brilliance lies in their ability to zero in on areas of damage or degeneration. Signaled by inflammation, they migrate wherever they’re needed and, taking cues from surrounding cells, facilitate healing, restoration, and regeneration.

    Stem cell therapy used to involve embryonic (or fetal stem) cells, which understandably generated a lot of controversy. Today’s research focuses on non-embryonic adult mesenchymal stem cells—and there is nothing controversial about using your own cells in a safe and therapeutic manner. Adult Stems Cells may be derived from bone marrow. However, this isn’t a particularly abundant source, and cells must be cultured over several days to create enough for therapeutic use. Furthermore, their number and viability decline dramatically with age. More recently, fat (or adipose tissue) was discovered to be a far richer, much more accessible repository of robust Adult Stem Cells.

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    New technologies now make it possible to remove a few ounces of a patient’s fat through a “mini” liposuction procedure, separate out the stem cells in a special process that yields extremely high numbers of viable cells, and return them back into that person’s body via an IV and/or injection.

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