Ulcerative colitis is a common inflammatory automimmune disease that causes both inflammation and ulcers to form in the lining of the colon. Researchers do not know the exact cause of the disease, but many believe it to be that the immune system is triggered to attack to kill off the good bacteria in the colon. These bacteria help the food digest. Ulcerative colitis can strike at any age, but most UC patients are diagnosed in adolescence. Symptoms of ulcerative colitis come and go, as patients experience periods of remission and flare up. Common symptoms of ulcerative colitis include stomach cramps and pain, bleeding with bowel movements, and severe, and frequent diarrhea. Patients may lose their appetite and lose weight. Treatments for the condition include anti-diarrheal medications, steroids, and other immunosuppressive drugs. Spicy or fatty foods can make the symptoms worse in some individuals, so for some patients a change in diet or behavior may show benefits. Severe cases of ulcerative colitis require surgery to completely remove the colon.
For patients with ulcerative colitis, Innovations Stem Cell Center deploys SVF stem cells through IV along with injections. Damaged tissue attracts stem cells through growth factor chemical messages, and deployed stem cells find the damaged or diseased tissue and begin repairs.
Patients begin seeing results in the first few weeks of treatment. Some patients may require additional deployment.