Stem Cell Institute

The Arkansas Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine is providing leadership with the newest techniques in this field of technology using adult stem cells only. Offering therapy to patients with cardiovascular diseases or recent heart attack, orthopedic medicine and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). Stem Cell therapy has been widely accepted for over 20 years in the treatment of other diseases in multiple sequences.

What Are Stem Cells?

Stem cells have the remarkable potential to develop into many different cell types in the body during early life and growth. In addition, in many tissues they serve as an internal repair system, dividing essentially without limit to replenish other cells as long as the person or animal is still alive. When a stem cell divides, each new cell has the potential either to remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a more specialized function, such as a muscle cell, a red blood cell or a brain cell.

Stem cells are distinguished from other cell types; they are unspecialized cells capable of renewing themselves through cell division, sometimes after long periods of inactivity. Stem Cells can be induced to become tissue – or organ specific cells with special functions. In some organs, such as the intestines and bone marrow, stem cells regularly divide to repair and replace worn out or damaged tissues.

Cardiovascular Treatment

Research shows the potential of stem cells to help patients with cardiovascular disease is abundant. The patient’s own regenerative stem cells can be injected into the veins, arteries, or directly into the heart muscle for the treatment of heart failure, heart attacks and peripheral vascular disease. Our trained nurses, technicians cardiologists and surgeons work as a dedicated team with each patient to review their options.

COMMON NEEDS FOR THERAPY INCLUDE:

  • Heart Attack (less than 30 days)
  • Heart Failure (Pumping ability of less than 30 percent)
  • Angina (Persistent chest pain not responsive to other therapy)

CLINICAL MONITORING

Patients undergoing stem cell therapy for cardiovascular diseases will also have a series of pre- and post-procedure diagnostic tests to complete during the first monitored year.

Orthopedic Treatment

The patient’s own regenerative stem cells are used to treat many types of chronic pain from shoulder, knee, hip and degenerative disk disease. After the harvesting procedure for regenerative cells in the abdominal fat, the surgeon will implant these at the site of injury. Clinical research shows that it is possible to use regenerative cells to effectively restore and repair damaged or aging cells and regenerate tissue in the body.

COMMON NEEDS FOR THERAPY INCLUDE:

  • Chronic Tendonitis causing pain
  • Severe joint pain from arthritis
  • Need for joint replacement surgery
  • Chronic Degenerative Arthritis

CLINICAL MONITORING
Patients undergoing stem cell therapy for degenerative diseases will also have a series of pre- and post-procedure diagnostic tests to complete during the first monitored year.

COPD Treatment

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a relatively common, often debilitating illness, which has a major impact on the people of the world. There are a number of treatments designed to alleviate symptoms, but there is no cure. Stem Cell therapy is designed and has the potential to treat the underlying issue of loss of lung tissue. Our research trial is designed to prove how much Stem Cell therapy improved COPD. Like some of the therapies already mentioned the patient’s own regenerative stem cells are harvested from the abdominal fat tissue and then injected back into the patient intra-vascularly.

COMMON NEEDS FOR THERAPY INCLUDE:

  • Diagnosis of COPD, for more than three months

CLINICAL MONITORING

Pre and Post Procedure; All COPD patients will have a series of pre- and post-procedure lung function measurements collected by their treating physician. Patients will be asked to perform the lung function test at two, six and 12 months post procedure.