What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic autoimmune condition that principally consists of two types of illnesses, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. These conditions are caused by the body’s own immune system attacking components of the digestive track, also known as the gastrointestinal (GI) track. Those with Crohn’s disease may incur damage at any location along the GI track including the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, and/or anus. Further, damage can occur within any layer of tissue in the GI track. Alternatively, damage noted in ulcerative colitis occurs primarily in the colon and rectum, and only at the inner most layer of tissue (called the mucosa). Though rarely fatal, IBD may severely reduce an individual’s quality of life.
There are two types of Inflammatory Bowel Disease:
is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the lining of the digestive tract.
is a chronic, inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation in the digestive tract.
What are some Common Symptoms of IBD?
Severe cramps/muscle spasms in the pelvic region
What Causes Inflammatory Bowel Disease?
The exact cause of inflammatory bowel disease remains unknown. Previously, diet and stress were suspected, but now doctors know that these factors may aggravate but don’t cause IBD.
One possible cause is an immune system malfunction. When your immune system tries to fight off an invading virus or bacterium, an abnormal immune response causes the immune system to attack the cells in the digestive tract, too.
What type of stem cells are used and why?
TruStem Cell Therapy provides access to treatment that utilizes a patient’s stem cells isolated from their own bone marrow. There are multiple inherent benefits afforded by the utilization of bone marrow derived stem cells including their ability to differentiate into a broad variety of cells types (neurons, bone, cartilage, muscle, tendon, etc.), they are present at comparatively much higher levels than other stem cell types, possess unique immune-modulating properties, and they do not endanger a patient’s health the way other stem cells might.
What steps are involved in receiving treatment through TruStem Cell TherapyTM?
There are three steps involved:
First a blood draw is performed followed by a minimally invasive bone marrow harvest via the iliac crest. Approximately 100cc’s of a patient’s own bone marrow is harvested through a minimally invasive, bone marrow aspiration procedure. TruStem Cell Therapy utilizes a powered bone marrow access system combined with local anesthetic allowing for consistently larger specimen of cells, extremely low levels of pain/invasiveness reported by most patients, and higher levels of sterility.
Process + Activate
Both the blood and bone marrow are immediately delivered to our dedicated, onsite laboratory staffed by our team of technicians. Once your sample is in the lab our advanced proprietary process isolates and excites regenerative cells and concentrates healing factors to hyper-physiological levels in order to facilitate the creation of a highly effective, injectable therapeutic.
TruStem Cell Therapy utilizes both systematic and novel administration methods to fully saturate the body with stem cells while targeting specific areas of injury.
How are stem cells administered back into IBD patients through TruStem Cell Therapy?
Inflammatory Bowel Disease patients who receive stem cell therapy through us can receive a systemic administration of their stem cells:
Systemic IV infusion of their stem cells to fully saturate the entire body.
What is unique about receiving stem cell therapy through TruStem Cell Therapy™ for IBD?
Our focus is safety, efficacy, and patient-centric care when providing access to superior stem cell therapy.
We utilize only board certified surgeons, physicians and accredited clinicians to provide care for patients.
Laboratory protocols are developed and refined by our PhD Neuroscientist.
A clinical team with expertise in practicing cellular based medicine.
Accredited Surgical Centers for enhanced procedural and patient safety
Targeted administration methods that direct stem cells toward specific
Skilled Patient Advocates who are trained to provide truthful, realistic expectations resulting from stem cell therapy. We do not make outlandish promises of cures or inaccurate claims related to improvement rates.
Can this treatment cure IBD?
It is important for patients and caregivers to understand that current therapies, including stem cell treatment, do not provide a cure for IBD. However, TruStem cell therapy does have the potential to improve a patient’s quality of life by reducing symptoms and complications related to IBD as well as slowing its progression.
Are stem cells FDA approved for IBD?
The FDA has not approved stem cell therapy for IBD. As noted above, studies have demonstrated the safety and efficacy of stem cell therapy for this condition but additional studies are needed before FDA approval can be secured.
What type of improvements can I expect from stem cell therapy?
it is possible through these treatments, to improve a patient’s quality of life by minimizing disease related symptoms and complications. For Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis) patients, it is possible to see improvements in any one or multiple disease related complications such as: abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, gas, cramping, discomfort, fatigue etc… If you have questions regarding how these treatments may help you, please contact one of our Patient Advocates to learn more
How long will it take to see improvements?
It is difficult to predict the timeline of a patient’s response. Every patient responds differently to treatment. It could take weeks to months for the stem cells to provide noticeable results.
What type of side-effects can a patient expect from stem cell therapy?
Typically patients will experience some level of soreness and bruising lasting roughly a week as a result of the bone marrow harvesting procedure. Additional complications have not been observed. Over a hundred studies and clinical trials have demonstrated the safety and minimal side-effect profile of stem cell therapy.