Using technology developed in Korea and perfected in California, Dr. Lander is doing investigative studies and treatments using autologous (your own) fat derived stem cells. These cells are from a mini liposuction and are isolated in a closed bedside system so that no dangerous additives or bio-hazardous products are added and there is no exposure to the environment maintaining strict sterility. The liposuction fat is separated and later
discarded leaving behind the cellular product known as STROMAL VASCULAR FRACTION SVF which contains adult stem cells and natural growth factors for signaling.
Once SVF is injected back into a patient, the healing cells seek out the sites of damage and disease and become activated to initiate healing. We have anecdotal and experimental evidence that stem cell therapy is effective in healing and regeneration and seeks out damaged tissues to influence accelerated healing and form new blood vessels. Bedside operating room processing and deployment of adipose derived stem cells represents a new surgical technology that allows patients to receive their own autologous stem cells in an outpatient setting using local anesthetic. The treatments are the practice of medicine and not a drug product.
Many physicians are using bone marrow derived stem cells for repair and regeneration. This has been met with less regulatory issues than using fat derived cells but the bone marrow derived stem cells have been proven to be older (shorter telomeres), less plentiful by over 100X, and much less robust when grown in a lab or subjected to activation to turn the cells on. (Burrows Paper).
Another popular technology is the use of stem cells derived from “birth products” which includes placenta, umbilical and amniotic tissues. These are widely touted as “younger” that your own cells although there is no documented proof that they are any younger (have longertelomeres) than fat derived cells. They are easy to obtain from laboratories and widely available commercially. It is important for people to understand that these are NOT your own cells and contain other people’s DNA. There are unknown long term risks associated with getting large doses of other people’s cells. Only your own cells can have NO immune effect and No risk of transmission of disease from a donor.