Where do our stem cells come from?

At Cactus Medical Center, we use Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells (UCBSC’s). These stem cells come from healthy mothers and babies, live to term births, when the mother chooses to not bank the cord blood. It is the safest and least invasive method of extracting the cells. The cord blood is then sent to an FDA regulated facility that eventually prepares the stem cells for injection. It is important to clarify that these cells are NOT embryonic or fetal stem cells which are illegal to use for treatment or research in the United States. Stem Cells can also come from amniotic fluid, the placenta and even your own body. Using UCBSC’s is the preferred process at Cactus Medical Center as using your own stem cells requires surgery and can be very painful. Since our stem cells are so young, there is no risk for rejection or adverse reaction as the cells are undifferentiated and anyone can receive them. We believe in the power of these stem cells and we could not be more excited to offer this treatment at Cactus Medical Center.

Author
Dr. Casey McNinch, PT, DPT is a Physical Therapist with expertise in working with the aging population, individuals with Parkinson's Disease, and individuals with neck and low back injuries.

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