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Stem Cell Q&A: Where Do Stem Cells Come From For Treatment?

Posted at 9:44 AM on May 30, 2018

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When people hear the term stem cells their mind immediately may recall the controversial embryonic stem cell debate of the late 1990s when researches first discovered the ability to harvest stem cells from human embryos.

Because of the vast potential for embryonic stem cells in curing disease, scientists, researches and doctors were excited to do even more research. However, controversy arose when opponents resisted the destruction of human embryos required in the harvesting of their stem cells.

A 2006 breakthrough all but ended this debate when scientists discovered how to stimulate a patient's own cells to produce stem cells that mirrored those produced in human embryos. The breakthrough has reduced the need for human embryos in this important research.

Stem Cell Harvesting for Pain and Cosmetic Treatments

At Twin Cities Pain and Regenerative Medicine we perform countless stem cell treatments each year and one of the most frequent questions we get from our patients is where we get the stem cells for the procedure. The answer is simple: from the patient's very own bone marrow or adipose (fat) tissue, depending on the procedure.

For stem cell treatment for back, knee, shoulder or joint pain, adult stem cells are harvested from the patient’s own bone marrow. We have discovered that obtaining stem cells from the hip bone (iliac bone) is easily performed within minutes and, in most cases, is a fairly painless procedure for the patient.

For procedures such as cosmetic facial smoothing, stem cells are taken from adipose tissue at a suitable donor site.

Once the stem cells are harvested they are spun in a centrifuge to separate the cells that are then injected into the treatment area of the back, knee, shoulder, hip or other painful joints. The entire process last about 90 minutes and we only use stem cells taken from the patient.

About Twin Cities Pain and Regenerative Medicine

Twin Cities Pain and Regenerative Medicine is a leader Minneapolis and the Upper Midwest in stem cell treatment for pain. Our Medical Director Dr. Constantin Starchook has been practicing anesthesiology in the Twin Cities for over 20 years and is consistently ranked as one of the Top Doctors in Minnesota by his peers.

If you are suffering from pain and you've been told that your only option is surgery, there are alternatives. Stem cell treatment is showing amazing results for those that suffer from back, knee, shoulder and hip pain. Contact our office today to determine if you may be a candidate for this non-invasive form of treatment.