Stem Cells for Vascular Diseases
Vascular diseases affect the blood vessels; the arteries and veins that carry blood, oxygen, and other nutrients throughout the body. Vascular diseases include coronary artery disease, aortic disease, varicose veins, and peripheral artery disease, a condition that affects the arteries of the limbs, abdomen, head, and neck.
Some health factors contribute to the development of vascular diseases, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity. Behavioral factors also contribute to the condition, like smoking, stress, and a sedentary lifestyle.
Inflammation and the buildup of cholesterol and fatty deposits in the blood vessels lead to vascular diseases. People with untreated vascular diseases are at risk of blood clots, stroke, heart attack, amputations, and skin ulcers.
Frequently Asked Questions
A: Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is a disorder of the circulatory system that causes arteries to narrow. The primary cause of peripheral vascular disease is arteriosclerosis or the hardening of the arteries. Blood vessel spasms can also contribute to the condition. Symptoms of the condition cause pain and tiredness in the legs, especially during and after physical activity. PVD typically causes pain and fatigue, often in the legs, and especially during exercise. The pain usually improves with rest. Patients with this circulatory system disorder are at risk of developing blood clots and damage to limbs and extremities. Ulcers can also develop due to poor blood flow to the area.
Stem Cell Therapy for Peripheral Vascular Disease
A: Innovations Stem Cell Center treats peripheral vascular disease with stem cell therapy procedures through IV deployment and injections into the locally damaged tissue. Stem cells from fat are highly effective at stimulating the growth of new blood vessels. Once the stem cells have been deployed, they immediately go to work stimulating new blood vessels and helping to heal damaged tissue. The stem cells repair damaged tissues just like they do in other areas of the body damaged by disease or injury- by regenerating cells to heal tissue and using growth factors that promote healing. See our blog Understanding Adipose-Derived Stem Cells
A: Diabetic ulcers are a common complication of diabetes. In fact, they are the leading cause of hospitalizations for diabetics in the United States. Diabetic ulcers develop on the feet as a result of diabetes affecting the nerves and blood vessels. They form when skin tissue breaks down and exposes the tissue below. They can be extremely painful and can cause patients discomfort when walking. However, in patients with neuropathy, they may not hurt at all. Diabetic ulcers can become infected, and lead to amputation if not treated. Signs of diabetic ulcers include irritation, swelling, redness, and odors from affected areas. Some patients experience fluid leaking from ulcer sites onto shoes or socks. Serious cases of diabetic ulcers have areas of black tissue that indicate the death of tissue because of infection. Diabetic ulcers are hard to treat and may involve antibiotic therapy and keeping the wound clean and dry. Some diabetic ulcers are so severe they may lead to amputation.
Stem Cell Therapy for Diabetic Ulcers
A: Innovations Stem Cell Center treats diabetic ulcers with stem cell therapy procedure through IV and injection into the tissue around the ulcer. Once the stem cells have been deployed, they immediately go to work to heal damaged tissue. Stem cells from fat are also highly effective at stimulating new blood vessels to form. Once deployed, the stem cells repair damaged tissues just like they do in other areas of the body damaged by disease or injury- by regenerating cells to heal tissue and using growth factors that promote healing. The stem cells also help form new blood vessels and repair nerves which further helps improve the ulcer. Stem cells can be limb saving for some patients with diabetic ulcer disease. Understanding Adipose-Derived Stem Cells
A: Vascular ulcers are very common in patients over the age of 65, and develop in the lower extremities and leave patients at risk for infection and amputation. Vascular ulcers develop because of peripheral vascular diseases when blood flow to the extremities is restricted and tissues die off. Other causes of vascular ulcers include age and obesity. Vascular ulcers can recur or become chronic, leaving patients in pain and limiting their activities. Treatments for vascular ulcers include compression therapy and working to improve circulation to prevent future ulcers from forming.
Stem Cell Therapy for Vascular Ulcers
A: Innovations Stem Cell Center treats vascular ulcers with stem cell therapy through IV and injection into the tissues around the ulcer. Once the stem cells have been deployed, they immediately go to work to heal damaged tissue. The stem cells repair damaged tissues just like they do in other areas of the body damaged by disease or injury- by regenerating cells to heal tissue and using growth factors that promote healing. Stem cells also help to stimulate the development of new blood vessels to help treat the underlying problem. See our blog Understanding Adipose-Derived Stem Cells
Cost of Stem Cell Treatments
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.
For more reading on Stem Cells read our blog What are Stem Cells?. Innovations Medical offers stem cell treatment procedures at both our Dallas and Fort Worth practice locations. Call our office at (214) 643-8665 to schedule a consultation.