Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of the joints and surrounding tissues. In some cases it also affects other organs. The cause of rheumatoid arthritis is not known. A patient with rheumatoid arthritis, as with other autoimmune diseases, has an overactive immune system that mistakes healthy cells for toxic substances. The patient’s body therefore effectively attacks itself.
Women are more likely than men to have rheumatoid arthritis and it can occur at any stage of life.
Rheumatoid arthritis tends to affect both sides of the body equally, with ankles, knees, feet, fingers and wrists affected most frequently. The severity and duration of rheumatoid arthritis varies, and hormones, infections and genes can influence its course.
Typical rheumatoid arthritis symptoms are a slow development of loss of appetite, fatigue, swollen glands, mild fever and weakness leading to eventual joint pain. This joint pain involves morning stiffness and warm, swollen and tender joints. Severe and long-term rheumatoid arthritis causes joints to lose their normal range of motion and in some cases they become deformed.
Stem Cell Treatments Give New Hope to Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Undifferentiated adult stem cells can transform into the cells of many different organs and structures within the human body. They can be used in many therapies and highly effective at restoring impaired fibers and renewing failing cells. This is done through cell division, a process in which the stem cells multiply indefinitely. The science behind stem cell application has improved vastly in recent years and there have been countless new developments and discoveries.
Stem Cell Treatment at Angeles Health
Angeles hospital has created the Adult Autologous Stem Cell (A-ASC ) Therapy program to treat a variety of diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis. Stem cell treatment for rheumatoid arthritis involves the use of autologous adult stem cells, which means they come from the patient’s own body. The possibility of a patient’s body rejecting the cells is therefore little to none.
Adult autologous stem cells are extracted from the patient’s bone marrow and adipose tissue, or fat. Adipose tissue extraction is more efficient than bone marrow extraction as the tissue contains up to ten times more stem cells. Bone marrow extraction is also more of an arduous task to carry out.
The Stem Cell Application treatment program at Hospital Angeles uses this innovative therapeutic endovascular placement of adipose-derived adult autologous stem cells. The cells are inserted as close as possible to the targeted organ or tissues.
The specialized catheterization procedure is non-invasive and easy on the patient. Stem cells can be distributed throughout the body, anesthesia is unnecessary and the treatment is completed in under an hour.
As a Center of Excellence Angeles hospital offers patients with rheumatoid arthritis up to date therapies of the highest quality. Collaborative specialists promote and define best practices through evaluating results, collective learning and creating treatment protocols. The Center of Excellence practices with multi-disciplinary groups of licensed health care professionals who keep to formally appointed boards of expertise. This ensures the highest standards of treatment as well as investigative research are maintained.
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