Ulcerative Colitis and Inflammatory Disease
Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a common inflammatory autoimmune 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.
Ulcerative Colitis Symptoms
Symptoms of ulcerative colitis come and go, as patients experience periods of remission and flare-ups. Common symptoms of ulcerative colitis include:
- Stomach cramps and pain
- Bleeding with bowel movements
- Severe, and frequent diarrhea
- Patients may lose their appetite and lose weight
Ulcerative Colitis Treatment Options
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. See our blogs for a better understanding of stem cells: What are Stem Cells? and Understanding Adipose-Derived Stem Cells. Damaged tissue attracts stem cells through growth factor chemical messages, and deployed stem cells to 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.
Cost of Stem Cell Treatments for Ulcerative Colitis
The cost of the initial treatment ranges from $5,000 to $10,000. The range in cost is dependent on the complexity of delivering the cells back to you. For example, spine conditions require multiple physicians to deliver the cells back to your body and this requires an increase in cost as multiple doctors are involved in the procedure. For many people the initial treatment is all that is needed; however, for some conditions, subsequent treatments may be required and these are done at a reduced fee.