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05/23/2017

joint-doctorAre you experiencing joint pain? Muscle weakness? Stiffness with movement? You may be experiencing the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis. Dr. Johnson treats osteoarthritis patients using stem cell therapy that uses their very own stem cells.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It can impact any joint of the body. Common joints affected include the hips and knees, but many patients experience osteoarthritis in their wrists, hands, and fingers. Some people experience it in their spine, too. (more…)

05/17/2017

nervesPeripheral neuropathy is a painful nerve condition impacting some 20 million Americans each year. Symptoms of the condition include burning, paralysis, pain, tingling, and numbness, usually in the feet and legs. Patients with the condition are also at risk of developing sores and ulcers on their legs and feet, leaving them open to infection. Peripheral neuropathy develops when the nervous system becomes damaged by injury or illness, and the condition can impact the motor and sensory nerves, as well as the nerves that control the actions of our body’s automatic systems, like digestion. Dr. Johnson treats patients with peripheral neuropathy with stem cell therapy here at Innovations Stem Cells. (more…)

05/16/2017

heartA Japanese study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association in April shows promise that stem cells taken from the thigh of a heart failure patient could be a new way to treat heart failure.

Researchers on the project performed at Osaka University have used the stem cells found in the muscle tissue of the thigh to create a patch to repair damaged heart muscle. This is extremely exciting news for physicians and stem cell researchers around the world, as cardiac tissue does not easily regenerate, if it regenerates at all.
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04/26/2017

cellsAt Innovations Stem Cell Center, we naturally talk a lot about the uses and benefits of adipose fat stem cell therapy. We also talk about things like platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, and its uses and benefits. These are things that we are passionate about – not only because we regularly see the benefits of these therapies in our patients, but because we are really excited about potential additional treatments using stem cells. We want you to be excited about stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine, too! Dr. Johnson is always on the cutting edge of stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine research and technology and takes a moment to explain what regenerative medicine is in this blog. (more…)

04/13/2017

researchAn international team of researchers in combination with scientists from the Luxembourg Center for System Biomedicine at the University of Luxembourg has discovered how the body develops red and white blood cells from progenitor cells. Researchers on the project are hopeful that their new discovery will lead to explanations as to how the body creates different cells and improved stem cell treatments.

Progenitor cells, like stem cells, have the ability to change into a specific cell type. Although more specific than a stem cell, they are not as defined as a specific cell type like a skin cell or a nerve cell.
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04/10/2017

heart-attackEvery day of the year, scientists and researchers are working on new applications and treatments for stem cells in order to treat patients for a range of conditions – from spinal injuries, nerve conditions, lung diseases and much more. One new application of stem cell therapy has been found to treat damaged heart muscle tissue after a patient suffers a heart attack. All things stem cell is Dr. Johnson’s passion – so we are excited to share yet another example of the benefits of stem cells.
Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control estimate that every 43 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a heart attack. Heart attacks occur when blood vessels become blocked, either as a result of a blood clot or from atherosclerosis, which occurs as a result of plaque buildup from a bad diet, disease, or genetics. When heart attacks occur, the muscle of the heart is damaged because blood and oxygen cannot reach the tissue. As a result, the cells of the heart muscle begin to die off. Since heart muscles are unable to regenerate, the damage becomes permanent and results in further complications.
A 2012 research study at Penn State University began using stem cells to generate myocardium muscle cells. The myocardium is the inner muscle layer of the heart and has a vital role in pumping blood through the body. Recent studies by the same team are now working to develop these same stem cells into the cells of the heart’s outer layer, or epicardium. A final and future piece of the project will be creating the cells of the innermost layer, also known as endocardium. A unique part of this project involved engineering the stem cells to develop a fluorescent protein marker when they fully developed into epicardium cells. This allowed researchers to directly see the fruits of their labor.
Almost two months out after their development, these epicardium cells appeared regenerated and showed no disease, which shows the ability of stem cells to heal damaged tissue fully. Dr. Johnson uses pure adipose fat stem cells to treat muscle, joints, and other damaged tissue, often giving heart attack patients back full range of motion and use without any signs of disease or injury after treatment.
Wondering if stem cell therapy can help your damaged muscle? Call Dr. Johnson at 214.613.1307.

02/24/2017

soccer-kickAchilles tendonitis and tears are painful conditions that sideline many athletes and active individuals from their favorite sports or activities each year. Patients with these injuries often become frustrated with traditional self-care treatments like rest, ice and over the counter pain relievers because their inability to bring relief. Surgical interventions also do not guarantee results, and patients, tired of pain and inactivity, are now turning to new therapies. One new therapy is SVF stem cell therapy that uses stem cells to treat damaged Achilles tendons and other soft tissue injuries.

The Achilles tendon is a band of thick, tough tissue that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone in the foot. It is the largest tendon in the human body, and also the most strong. This tendon gives the foot its ability to flex, and plays a key role in normal daily functions walking, and other physical activities like jogging, jumping and running.

As a result of use, the Achilles tendon wears out. The wear and tear of the tendon often results in micro tears that can eventually result in a larger, complete tear of the tendon. Wear and tear may also develop into tendonitis, a painful condition caused by inflammation of the tissue. Achilles tendinosis may also develop, and is a condition in which the tendon thickens gradually over time, causing pain and stiffness with movement.

Achilles tendon injuries take a long time to heal on their own. Blood flow to the area is limited, and as a result, the blood that carries necessary healing nutrients like oxygen, has a hard time reaching the site and facilitating healing. Connective tissue cells are also slow to reproduce.

The solution to slow healing in the Achilles tendon is to give the area a boost of stem cells through SVF therapy. SVF, or stromal vascular fraction, therapy utilizes stem cells taken from the injured patient’s adipose fat tissue. These cells are separated from other tissue and then reintroduced intravenously and by injection into the body at the site of injury. The cells immediately begin to work on repairing the damaged tissue.

Adipose fat stem cells are extremely beneficial to connective tissue injuries because both adipose fat tissue and connective tissue develop out of mesenchymal stem cells. Mesenchymal stem cells also develop into bone, blood vessels and even into dental pulp.

One physician using SVF therapy to treat Achilles tendon and other connective and soft tissue injuries is Dr. Bill Johnson, M.D. Johnson’s stem cell therapy clinic in Dallas, Texas, harvests adipose stem cells, or ASCs, from the patient using liposuction. “Stem cells have the unique ability to become other cells, so stem cells taken from adipose fat turn into other types of tissue,” explains Johnson. “Stem cells also have the ability to replicate themselves infinitely,” says Johnson. This replication is extremely beneficial for tendon injuries because new cells are made at the site of injury, helping to heal it from the inside out.

Stem cell therapy treatments that use the patient’s own cells eliminate the risk of rejection or reaction. Stem cell therapy also works quickly, bringing the patient relief. Most patients experience relief in just one to two days after treatment. Many patients experience a pain reduction, too, as a result of the anti-inflammatory benefits of stem cells. This anti-inflammatory effect lasts for two to three months, on average. As a result of SVF therapy, patients regain their ability to participate in their favorite activities, pain free.

This therapy has also proved to be beneficial for patients with other types of soft or connective tissue injuries like those that occur in the rotator cuff. Johnson uses SVF therapy to treat a wide range of conditions in his clinic beyond tissue injuries, such as painful neuropathy, spinal cord injuries and lung disorders such as COPD.

02/13/2017

elderly-laughing-coupleMany patients with erectile dysfunction chalk the disorder up to simply a consequence of getting older. While erectile dysfunction is more common in men over the age of seventy-five, it can actually happen at any age. Over three million men in the United States are diagnosed with erectile dysfunction each year, making it one of the most common health complaints reported by men. Erectile dysfunction can be frustrating, embarrassing, stressful, and cause strain on intimate relationships. Dr. Johnson treats men for erectile dysfunction with stem cell therapy to bring back function – and self-confidence.

While aging may be a cause of erectile dysfunction, many other factors contribute to the disorder, as well. Physical causes of erectile dysfunction include injuries, the use of certain medications, hormonal issues, such as low testosterone, and some health conditions, like diabetes, high blood pressure, and Peyronie’s Disease. Other factors may be psychological or emotional, like stress or low-self confidential.

Whatever the cause of a patient’s erectile dysfunction, they do not have to simply just accept it as a part of life. The condition is treatable in most men, and traditional treatment options include oral medications like Viagra and Cialis, other medications that are delivered by injection or suppositories, penis pumps, and penile implants.

These therapies can be painful or may have very serious side effects. Most traditional erectile dysfunction treatments provide the patient with only short term results.

Dr. Johnson uses adipose fat stem cell therapy to give erectile dysfunction patients another option beyond just living with it, or trying to treat it to see temporary results. Fat stem cells are collected from the patient, separated from other tissue, and reintroduced intravenously to the patient through a very small needle inserted into the shaft of the penis. Fat stem cells work for erectile dysfunction treatment because they quickly go to work repairing damaged tissues in the penis that cause the condition. Stem cells found in fat are dynamic in the fact that they can fix a myriad of tissue injuries or diseases. Treatment with adipose fat stem cells provides patients with improvements in their erectile dysfunction, and in the case of patients who suffer from erectile dysfunction as a result of Peyronie’s disease, less curvature of the penis.

If you are suffering from erectile dysfunction and would like to get more information about how you may benefit from stem cell therapy, call Dr. Johnson at 214.347.8667 for a consultation.

02/08/2017

shutterstock_96672334Peyronie’s disease is a painful inflammatory condition that results in erectile dysfunction in many men and causes the development and buildup of tough scar tissue inside of the penis. This scar tissue buildup causes the penis to curve – resulting in painful erections and for many, embarrassing sexual dysfunction. Treatment for Peyronie’s disease involves a range of long-term therapies that include vitamins and hormones, but may sufferers live without treatment, out of embarrassment. Peyronie’s patients do not have to suffer any longer, however, as new treatments involving stem cells have become available to reduce inflammation and restore sexual function for many men.

The penis is made up of sponge-like tissue that when filled with blood expands and stretches. This tissue is surrounded by a sheath-like membrane that protects the inner tissue of the penis. When a penis functions normally, the skin of the penis stays flexible to allow the tissue to erect normally. Scar tissue caused by Peyronie’s disease usually develops on the dorsum, or upper side of the penis, and impacts the ability of the penis to expand as intended and causes the penis to curve up. When the scar tissue builds up on the underside of the penis, the penis will bend downward. Some patients may develop scar tissue around the entire penis. This situation may cause the penis to develop a bottleneck appearance. Peyronie’s disease patients often experience a shortening of their penis.

According to the American Urological Association, Peyronie’s disease is the cause behind 20 to 40 percent of erectile dysfunction sufferers. Peyronie’s disease is diagnosed through an examination and a review of patient symptoms and health history.

The disorder affects 1 in 4 men between the ages of 40 and 70, but men of all ages may be impacted. Many of these men seek help because of the pain the condition causes, and in some cases, patients experience visually obvious plaques. The AUA does estimate the total number of affected individuals to be much higher, but because many men are embarrassed about their condition, they do not seek treatment.

“Peyronie’s disease and erectile dysfunction are obviously sensitive and emotionally charged issues for men,” says Dr. Bill Johnson, M.D. Johnson treats erectile dysfunction patients who suffer from the condition in his Dallas, Texas, stem cell clinic. “Some men just accept erectile dysfunction as a part of getting older, and as a result, do not seek treatment.”

Johnson treats Peyronie’s disease and erectile dysfunction patients using stem cell therapy. He harvests adipose fat stem cells from the patient’s body via liposuction. The stem cells are reintroduced into the patient’s body intravenously through a small needle inserted into the penis. Adipose fat stem cell therapy, also known as stromal vascular fraction or SVF, is an ideal treatment for erectile dysfunction because the stem cells target damaged and inflamed cells and begin repair quickly.

Peyronie’s disease patients who undergo SVF stem cell therapy with Johnson experience relief from their symptoms – less curvature of the penis and lessened pain. “SVF therapy for erectile dysfunction gives patients back their ability to function normally, and helps to eliminate frustration and embarrassment,” explains Johnson.

Patients with erectile dysfunction who choose to undergo SVF therapy often do so after trying other medical interventions that fail to bring relief, only work for short periods or have serious side effects. Some of these treatments include oral medications, injections, hormone treatments, suppositories and penile implants.

Medical researchers do not know why some men develop Peyronie’s disease while others do not, but some studies suggest a genetic link to the disorder. Other causes have been attributed to injury or trauma, or connective tissue diseases and degenerative tissue disorders.

02/07/2017

science-and-technology-newsStem cells have long been under the microscope – examined, tested, and researched in hopes that they held the keys to treating incurable diseases, mystery conditions, and even spinal cord or traumatic brain injuries. Dr. Johnson treats patients for many diseases and disorders using stem cells and is always excited to share stem cell news, research, and innovations. This blog is about a recent breakthrough for a stem cell therapy patient. Although not treated by Dr. Johnson, the news is exciting nonetheless.

A stem cell study trial participant, Kris Boesen, had lost the ability to move his arms and hands after a serious car accident that had occurred in early 2016. Unable to move or even feed himself, Boesen’s quality of life was greatly diminished, and he became depressed. Boesen chose to participate in a clinic trial in hopes of being able to regain some movement. Just weeks after his injury, he became the first person ever to receive ten million stem cells, which were transplanted into his neck. After the transplant, he waited and hoped.

In just two weeks, he was able to regain movement and strength in his hands and arms and has the regained the ability to feed himself. His progress was rated just two levels up from his initial prognosis but was extremely significant to Boesen and researchers – as it was a significant difference from where he started and gave him back the ability to live independently.

The clinical trial was performed at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine Neurorestoration Center. The trial utilized controversial human embryonic stem cells. These cells were converted into cell types that serve as the protectors for the brain and spinal cord.

Adipose fat stem cells, which are the stem cells used by Dr. Johnson, have been used to treat patients with spinal cord injuries like spinal cord bruising. Patients seen at the Innovations Stem Cell for stem cell therapy for these injuries have experienced paralysis in some form, and have some medical issues as a result of their injury. These issues include bowel and bladder control issues, and autonomic nervous system issues that cause fainting, low blood pressure, and low heart rate.

If you would like to learn more about stem cell therapy for patients with spinal cord injuries at Innovations, give us a call 214.347.8667.