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Treatment by Macquarie Stem Cells

Macquarie Stem Cells has provided the information below so consumers can understand the services we provide. We don’t aim to encourage consumers to seek out such treatments prior to an assessment by a health professional to determine your suitability for treatment.  We aim to provide you with an unbiased range of treatments that are available aside from biological therapy, this is discussed in ‘supporting information>other-options’  page on our website.

An Analogy to Explain Our Treatments

 

“The War Zone”
Your Painful Joints.

Osteoarthritis causes ‘inflammatory soldiers’ to attack your joints. This inflammation is your bodies hostile zone or the “war zone” if you will.  The wounded in the war zone is your cartilage, synovial fluid, blood vessels, nerve endings, ligaments, tendons, and muscles.

Unfortunately, long term inflammation has left your joint extremely hostile. The existing army has tried to fight off the inflammatory soldiers, but they have not been able to succeed.  This means doctors and nurses cannot go in to assist the wounded who need help. There are many other army barracks in your body, these barracks are full of soldiers to fight battles for you. In these barracks there are also doctors and nurses, yearning for some direction.
There is only one problem, their barracks are shut. No one can get out to help.

How we help you.

We unlock the doors of these dormant army barracks and direct the commanders, so they can locate the war zone.
We guide new army on a ‘rescue mission’ to fight the inflammatory soldiers.  As the new army defeats the inflammatory soldiers, the doctors and nurses of this army can go in to help the wounded and aim to end the war.

The aim of this rescue mission is simple, stop the war, stop the pain and bring back quality of life.

You may find your self asking, why such an analogy? We can explain this and link it with scientific facts at the time of your consultation.

One Treatment, Multiple Improvements

You may be surprised to find, a treatment for your knee may result in improvements to multiple other joints or conditions.
This is simple biology, your body is able to identify and detect key areas of damage, then it send instructions to start repairs. Remember the analogy we mentioned above? Well, the army barracks gates are shut, and the infantry can’t get on the road. Your body has roads that interlink to almost every location. These are your veins. Wherever there is a vein, there is a chance for the new infantry to fight the war.

Specific Biological Treatment Protocols

There are literally thousands of different protocols. No two treatments will be a like. We have a lot of information to provide to you, however this is lengthy. If you are looking for all of these details we are more than happy to provide it to you and we will need inform you at the time of your consultation.

Osteoarthritis war zone explanation animation coming soon...

Treatment focus – Osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis is a very complex condition, and there are many ways to treat it. Many people assume cartilage loss is everything but this is wrong, your pain starts due to loss of cartilage… however it continues to be a problem due to inflammation. Inflammation is destructive to all of the tissues in your joint.

Here at Macquarie Stem Cells, we use a range of biological treatments to improve pain and quality of life due to osteoarthritis and other issues revolving around osteoarthritis such as;

Macquarie Stem Cells Biological Treatments looks to key areas of your body.

Biological treatments are not black and white, the protocols will vary significantly from one practitioner to the next. It is important to understand, we have a team of qualified experts working to provide your treatment.  Remember, we are utilising your own body to treat you. There is no chance of rejection with the treatments performed by Macquarie Stem Cells.

Key Areas for Biological Treatments

There are 3 main areas of your body that are of key importance to us.

  1. Body Fat (Adipose Tissue) – Our gold standard
  2. Bone Marrow – Desirable for patients who are very lean (skinny)
  3. Blood – Useful in simple situations

Biological Treatment via Body Fat

This treatment involves collection of your body fat via liposuction and gives us our best results. In the past, body fat was unwanted, now it can be significantly useful for you! Using your own body fat, Macquarie Stem Cells are able to treat multiple joints along with an intravenous injection.  This is a surgical procedure, and it is typically performed under conscious sedation. The process often takes approximately 4-5 hours from the start of the treatment until the injection is performed. We will follow our standard patient consultation and suitability criteria to ensure this is the correct treatment collection option for you.

Biological Treatment via Bone Marrow

This treatment involves a collection of your bone marrow via the iliac crescent. Typically bone marrow is used for patients who are lacking body fat or patients looking to treat a single joint with reduced costs.The patient is typically positioned either supine or prone. This is a surgical procedure, and it is typically performed under twilight sedation. The process often takes approximately 1.5 hours from the start of the treatment until the injection is performed. We will follow through our standard patient consultation and suitability criteria to ensure this is the right treatment for you.

 

 

Biological Treatment via Blood Collection

Typical collection of 2 vials of your blood which can be used to focus on smaller treatments such as tendonitis or light muscle injuries. No surgery is involved. Depending on the injury or state of degeneration, we may need to perform a few treatments over time. We will discuss this with you at the time of consultation. This treatment will typically take 30 minutes, it can be performed directly after your initial consultation.

Combining Medicine & Biology to Treat Your Pain

Risks

All surgery has some risk

We will evaluate your candidacy to decrease risk. Part of providing platinum class patient care is analysing your candidacy for the stem cell procedure. We will take into consideration your medical history and current health, although generally the following will result in us recommending you do not undergo treatment:

  • Pregnancy
  • Blood disorders
  • Low BMI or insufficient fat reserves
  • Infection
  • Unstable illness
  • Cancer

The risks from the biological part of the treatment appear to minimal. This comment is based on Dr. Pak’s systematic review which took place in 2017 in the journal of biomedical science. He has reviewed over 1500 patients that have been treated with biological approaches for osteoarthritis, over a period of 6 years, including results from multiple doctors dispersed all around the world. This treatment does involve a surgical procedure and all the risks of any surgery are possible. During your consultation, we will explain risks to you.

If you have any questions regarding possible risks incurred from the procedure please do not hesitate to ask one of our doctors during your initial consultation.

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