Stem Cell Treatment for Stroke

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A stroke is a leading cause of severe, long-term disability world wide. 50-70% of survivors suffer from a range of symptoms including weakness, numbness, paralysis, speech difficulties, confusion and other problems.

A stroke is an injury to the brain due to the interruption of the blood supply, which causes destruction of a portion of brain tissue. One of the worst consequences that occur after a stroke is a severe burning pain on the side of the body affected by the stroke. Post-stroke pain, also referred to as thalamic pain, neurogenic pain or central pain syndrome, occurs most frequently following strokes on the right side of the brain, affecting the left side of the body.

So far more than 50 stroke patients have gone through our "Self Stem Cells Activation and Proliferation Program," using the adult nerve stem cell mobilization technique to bring the remaining nerve cells of the post stroke patient into full play.

We have recently developed a comprehensive program for post stroke patients combining both neural stem cell activation and stimulation, and stem cells injections. The combined treatment has so far proven itself to be the most effective method in bringing a high level of recovery.

The treatment includes stem cell implantation, medication procedure, surgical procedure, biofeedback treatment and comprehensive rehabilitation.

By employing all of the above methods we can maximally improve functions such as sensibility, mobility, language and intelligence.

The key to the success of this treatment method is the overall customized treatment regimen for each patient.

Self Stem Cells Activation and Proliferation:

Using a non-invasive procedure, through daily IV of an individually customized cocktail of neurotrophic medications, we activate the patient's own stem cells and in the process turn them into nerve precursor cells. These cells have signalization and migrate to lesions along the nerve developing-chord.

Neural Stem Cells Injections:

Neural stem cells extracted from a Fetus have the advantage of already being specialized naturally into neural cells and therefore there is no need to induce them into neural cells by artificial means.

These stem cells can be injected by a lumbar puncture:

Sub-arachnoid Surgery- Spinal Cord Fluid Stem Cell Injections- Injection through lumbar puncture into the spinal cord fluid, we use this technique in the following cases:

1. The patient cannot cooperate properly for going through sterotaxios brain surgery.

2. The target in the brain is not clear enough or is too big to use the brain injection.

3. The patient has a fear of brain surgery and prefers to have the lumbar puncture injection.

This procedure takes between 5 and 10 minutes. It is a simple and safe procedure that has almost no side effects or risks. At Tiantan Puhua hospital this procedure takes place in the operating room and is performed by stem cell specialists.

Typically, between 3 and 4 injections of 5,000,000 cells each are given to the patient.

Rehabilitation:

Rehabilitation therapy is a crucial part of the entire treatment regimen. In the past 20 years nerve system rehabilitation, in terms of the Motor Control Theory, has been greatly developed. The research results indicate that brain injury is an anatomical injury and it does not necessarily mean functional loss. Modern Nerve Development Theory (NDT) stresses what functions remain and what functions can be regained through treatment and/or training.

The adult stem cell mobilization technique we use is combined with signal induction in the rehabilitation training procedure which can significantly improve brain function.

In our Rehabilitation Center we use different kinds of rehabilitation methods including: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

 

The Procedures:

Self stem cell activation and proliferation program

This program usually requires five to six weeks of stay in our medical center.

1. Upon arrival at the hospital, you will be given standard tests to check your health and the details of your condition. A thorough evaluation of the neurological function and understanding of the lesion or pathological change in the brain tissues will be established by the medical team.

2. According to your condition a medical plan will be designed for the autologous stem cell activation and Proliferation treatment. Then, to drive off the trigger factors of the stroke, we will treat the blood vessel wall, the blood ingredients and the blood flow, improving the brain microenvironment to help the stem cells proliferate.

3. The autologous stem cell activation and proliferation treatment will then start. Based on the Neuro-endocrine Immune Network Theory, we treat the patients by "waking up" the sleeping stem cells through oral medication. We use different medications during different processes (proliferation-inducement-differentiation). The medications are always adjusted and combined; therefore, we call it a "cocktail treatment."

4. Throughout the treatment period we will follow up and evaluate your neurological function and improvements.

5. After the first treatment cycle is complete, 2 to 5 months of rest are recommended before starting the second treatment.

 

Benefits

Stem cell treatment has an effectiveness rate from 70.4 % to 73.8 % for cerebral infarction and cerebral hemorrhage. Most patients see improvement during hospitalization.

Improvements seen are as follows:
■Reduced muscle tension
■Increased muscle strength
■Improved blood circulation in the periphery of limbs
■Improved coordination and body posture
■Ability to stand with less assistance
■Improved hand movements and fine motor skills in the fingers
■Improved leg movements
■Improved speech and decreased features of facial palsy
■Improved sensation in the face and limbs

Remarks

In our clinical experience, duration since the onset of stroke or brain hemorrhage, the severity of cerebral infarction, damage to other vital organs, and the general health of the patient influence the treatment outcome. Generally, the earlier the treatment is provided, the better the results.

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Our Stroke Treatment Program

Stem cells are injected via lumbar punctures supplemented by intravenous administration (IV). In certain cases we also recommend stereotactic brain surgery.

Our doctors understand that a variety of factors may influence decisions regarding your treatment. Our team is dedicated to patient education and collaboration so that you are clearly aware of your condition and treatment options. The hospital offers a wide range of treatments and related services. Therefore we advise you to consult with one of our specialists for personalized treatment information before you arrive in Thailand.