Cell Therapy

Cell Therapy
Cellular therapy (CT) is one of the most efficient healing modalities available today. It consists of transplantation of human cells (usually stem cells of different origin) to replace or repair the damaged cells or tissues. Patients with a growing number of chronic, autoimmune and degenerative diseases benefit from this innovative technology. At Santa Maria, we offer autologous cell therapy (ACT) with patient's own mesenchymal stem cells, as well as precision platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) injections for treating a variety of conditions.
Cellular therapy (CT) is one of the most efficient healing modalities available today. It consists of transplantation of human cells (usually stem cells of different origin) to replace or repair the damaged cells or tissues. Patients with a growing number of chronic, autoimmune and degenerative diseases benefit from this innovative technology. At Santa Maria, we offer autologous cell therapy (ACT) with patient's own mesenchymal stem cells, as well as precision platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) injections for treating a variety of conditions.
PRP therapy
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a form of regenerative medicine, consisting of injection of patient's blood plasma enriched with platelets, or thrombocytes. Platelet aggregation plays an important role in natural immune system defense, as platelets release a large number of growth factors stimulating immune system. The platelets are prepared from the whole blood centrifugated at low speed in order to separate plasma from the blood cells. The fraction of platelets is usually enriched with leucocytes (white blood cells) for additional effect. Typically, the injections are made into joints, ligaments and muscles. Growth factors released by platelets induce autologous adult stem cells and help to regenerate the damaged tissues. Microinjections of PRP in face and skin induce skin regeneration and rejuvenation.

Benefits:

  • Restoration of damaged joints, ligaments and muscles
  • Regeneration of cartilage tissue
  • Reduction of chronic pain in joints and muscles
  • Skin tissues rejuvenation
Autologous mesenchymal cells
There are many kinds of stem cells, with different potency of development into different mature cell types and different profiles of treated diseases and side effects. One of the safest and most efficient types of stem cells is called autologous mesenchymal cells.

Autologous means that these cells derive from the patient's own body, usually adipose tissue or bone marrow. Therefore, these autologous stem cells do not cause autoimmune reaction and can easily grow in the body after terminal differentiation.

Mesenchymal means that these cells derive from mesenchyme, embryonic connective tissue. As such, mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are multipotent, i.e. they have potential to differentiate into many types of mature adult cells in multiple organs and tissues. MSCs can replicate as undifferentiated cells for a long time and potentially develop into many cell types of mesenchymal lineage, such as bone, cartilage, adipose, neural and hematopoietic cells. MSCs are found in many organs and tissues, such as adult marrow, adipose tissue and intestinal layers.

Multipotency, safety and lack of autoimmune reaction make autonomous MSCs one of most efficient and popular tools in cell therapy. Importantly, they are relatively easy to extract from adipose tissue or bone marrow. With modern lab methods, the whole process of extraction, preparation and administration takes about 4 hours for most indications.

Examples of diseases and conditions treated with MSCs

  • Alopecia
  • Congestive heart failure (CHF)
  • COPD
  • Diabetes Miellitus
  • Erectile disfunction
  • Macular degeneration
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Orthopedic arthritis and injuries
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
At Santa Maria, we use autologous mesenchymal cells for the following conditions:
  • Face rejuvenation
  • Hair loss
  • Joints pain and diseases (osteo arthritis)