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Anyone who suffers from arthritis will know that the pain and discomfort that it causes may be unrelenting. Arthritis is a degenerative condition that affects the joints - including the fingers, wrists, knees, ankles, toes, and hips - often making even basic movement seem unbearable. The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
There are a number of conventional treatment options available, including vitamin supplements, anti-inflammatory drugs, steroid injections, and surgery. Recent studies suggest that stem cell therapy may also be an alternative option for some patients.
Stem cell treatment is a relatively new discipline of regenerative medicine that research suggests can potentially improve joint function and reduce pain. Where there is an established medical need, a clinician may now prescribe stem cell therapy as a treatment within the UK, in accordance with regulation by the Human Tissue Authority.
Please Note: Whilst the clinic does offer stem cell treatments, no treatment is undertaken until the patient has been reviewed by a consultant (who is a specialist in the relevant field) and approval has been given by the specialist. Patients are informed throughout the process of the limitations of stem cell treatment and it is for the patient to make a final decision in conjunction with his or her consultant.
“Regenerative treatments are an option for people who may have already tried, or considered, conventional treatments. Research using stem cells with latest technology has shown promising results.”
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“Stem cells are located throughout the body and act as natural healers. Studies suggest that when used for medical purposes, stem cells have the potential to accelerate tissue repair, stimulate tissue regeneration, and decrease inflammation.”
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More than 10 million people in the UK alone are affected by arthritis on a daily basis. It can impact anybody but is most common in women over 40, and those who have a genetic predisposition to the condition. It is caused by cartilage erosion and inflammation of the joints and surrounding connective tissue.
Research in a number of countries, including in the UK and USA, have shown that when stem cells are introduced into a part of the body damaged by arthritis, it may help to reduce pain and inflammation, and improve joint function. Hence for certain patients, stem cells may provide a non-surgical alternative for the treatment of arthritis.
Healthy joints rely on a matrix of connective tissues to facilitate movement, offer support and provide shock absorption. This requires healthy cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. Osteoarthritis is caused by ‘wear and tear’, resulting in stiffness and pain. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder, in which the immune system attacks the joints, causing pain and inflammation.
Osteoarthritis (OA) results in gradual depletion of cartilage of the joint, along with tendons and ligaments, leading to the painful grating of the bones. A type of stem cell known as mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are known to play an important role in the body's ability to regenerate. Studies have shown that MSCs therefore have great potential for the treatment of OA.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) causes the breakdown of bone and cartilage as well as excessive swelling of the synovium (the outer covering of the joint). This swelling can spread through the joint, causing severe inflammation. Research shows that mesenchymal stem cells have immunosuppressive capabilities, potentially making stem cell therapy a strong candidate for the treatment of RA.
WHAT ARE STEM CELLS?
Stem cells are special types of cell that occur naturally within the body. They have the ability to replicate themselves or develop into different types of cells through a process known as differentiation.
Hence stem cells have the potential to become new cells in order to perform specific functions. For example, they can differentiate to become blood cells or other types of cell that are active within the immune system. This process enables stem cells not only to play a unique role in the body's ability to heal itself, but also to encourage the growth of healthy tissue.
HOW ARE STEM CELLS USED IN MEDICINE?
Whist stem cell therapy is relatively new, stem cells have been the subject of over 40 years of research and there have been a large number of clinical trails. A limited number of treatments for certain medical conditions are now available in the UK.
When used for medical purposes, research suggests stem cells can accelerate tissue repair, stimulate tissue regeneration, decrease inflammation, and stimulate new blood vessel growth.
WHAT TREATMENTS ARE THERE FOR ARTHRITIS?
There are number of effective treatments for arthritis, which your doctor can advise upon. Vitamins with anti-inflammatory properties can help with mild symptoms. Supplements include Vitamin D, Glucosamine* and Chondroitin Sulfate, Turmeric, and Omega 3.
More severe cases may require steroids or surgery. However, those patients seeking alternatives to surgery may choose stem cell therapies, where appropriate.
Stem cell research has shown promising results. For example, in 2020 a meta-analysis of stem cell therapy for osteoarthritis of the knee concluded that it "considerably reduces pain with no obvious additional side effects".
* NOTE: Always seek medical advice before taking glucosamine, which is derived from shellfish.
CAN I HAVE STEM CELL THERAPY?
Stem cell therapy may be considered for people who require an alternative approach to established procedures. It may be suitable for patients aged 18 to 75 or children in special circumstances, whose condition is stable enough to undergo treatment.
The first stage is to book a consultation with a qualified medical practitioner, who will assess your medical history in order to potentially make a pre-approval application. A multi-disciplinary panel of experts will then consider your application.
If you application is approved, you will then be invited undergo a full health screening and detailed tests to ensure stem cell treatment is an appropriate approach for you. Provided you pass the assessment criteria, you may then begin treatment.
WHAT DOES TREATMENT INVOLVE?
Patients generally require a preparation period that may involve a number of procedures to ensure your regenerative system is at its most receptive. The stem cells can typically then be injected into the body, which depending on the nature of your condition can either be done intravenously or by intra-tissue injection; or a combination of both.
WHERE DO THE STEM CELLS COME FROM?
The stem cells may be either 'autologous' or 'allogeneic' and are contained in a prescription created by a regulated medical supplier. Autologous stem cells are processed after being harvested from tissue within the patient's own body, whereas allogeneic stem cells are cultured in a laboratory from a donated source. The prescription is then transferred into the patient.
HOW ARE STEM CELLS REGULATED?
Stem cell therapies are classed as nouvelle treatments or 'specials', which are a permissible category of medicines that are available to meet the clinical needs of an individual patient.
We work with LifePlus Stem Cells, who are regulated to sell and market pure stem cells products as an unlicensed medicine in accordance with quality and safety standards under its own HTA and MHRA licences (The Human Tissue Act 2004 and associated regulation/The Human Tissue (Quality and Safety for Human Application) Regulations 2007 (as amended).
The progress of stem cell patients is carefully monitored and we have a regulatory duty to report any relevant findings to the Royal Free Hospital in London, with a view to stem cell therapy becoming a standardised licensed treatment.
The Cellular & Regenerative practice in Harley Street was co-founded by Dr Aamer Khan, author of the forthcoming book, 'Aesthetic Treatments in Regenerative Medicine: Stem Cells, Stromal Vascular Fraction, Platelet Rich Plasma, and Platelet Rich Fibrin.'
Qualifying as a doctor at the University of Birmingham in 1986 with an MB ChB (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery), Dr Khan completed his postgraduate training in University Hospitals Birmingham. He spent 24 years working within the NHS, including many years in General Practice. In 2010, he retired from the NHS to refine protocols at the Harley Street Skin Clinic.
Dr Mike Tees MB, BChir, BSc (Hons), DLO, DRCOG, MRCGP, is a Cambridge medical grad and has racked up over 25 years of experience in the medical profession. Dr Tee is well regarded as an expert in Dermal Fillers, PRP, Thread Lifts, Mole Removal & dermatological minor surgery.
LifePlus Stem Cells: Clinical Evidence & Research Papers
Mesenchymal stem cells in knee osteoarthritis treatment:
A systematic review and meta-analysis
Mesenchymal Stem Cells Improve Rheumatoid Arthritis Progression by Controlling Memory T Cell Response
Mesenchymal stem cells - a promising strategy for treating knee osteoarthritis
Clinical efficacy and safety of stem cell therapy for knee osteoarthritis
LifePlus Stem Cells: FAGs from Doctors and Patients
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Every step of your journey with Harley Street Skin is handled with the utmost care and diligence. From your very first consultation, right the way through to follow up and aftercare, Harley Street Skin will guide, advise and support you at every given opportunity. We want to make sure that your time with us is as special to you, as you are to us...
The answer to some of the most common questions you may have
It's only natural to have questions if you are considering pursuing a treatment for the first time, and at Harley Street Skin, it's important to us that you feel confident and comfortable at every stage of your journey. To help you find the answers you need, here are a few of the more common quibbles that we find our clients frequently ask...
Stem Cells are the raw materials of the blood work from which all other cells of the body are generated. To put it in extremely simple terms, treatment for arthritis works by replenishing the damaged tissues surrounding the joints.
This is possible as Stem Cells are highly versatile, and - under the right conditions - have the ability to multiply and take the form of different cells around the body where injected. Medical imaging allows practitioners to offer precise treatment to these very specific damaged tissues, and take the place of those which are no longer functioning, thus rebuilding the structures surrounding the joints and restoring function where depletion has taken a toll.
Stem Cell treatment is a highly advanced, groundbreaking approach to degenerative conditions. It can provide unmatched improvements to those that have suffered with many crippling conditions for many years.
Specifically in the realms of arthritis, however, it can be used to help those affected by osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and gout, with all varieties seeing an astonishing reversal of symptoms and subsequent boost in quality of life.
This is because Stem Cells are exceedingly versatile and can be used to treat arthritis the body over. Whether you are suffering with arthritis of the hands, wrists, feet, ankles, knees, hips, shoulders or elbows - Stem Cells can, and will, make a remarkable impact.
Patients can experience longterm relief from arthritis following Stem Cell treatment.
This is because it helps encourage and build brand new tissues that will henceforth function as if they were yours all along. That means relief from arthritic pain, inflammation, stiffness and further degradation indefinitely.
There has been over 30 years of research conducted into the safety and efficacy of Stem Cell treatment, so patients should feel in the safest of hands when undergoing Stem cell therapy for arthritis.
In addition to this, donor cells are always thoroughly vetted and screened for infection, disease or abnormality before use and are both harvested and administered only by highly-trained specialists.
Patients are always relieved to hear that treatment also runs a 0% risk of rejection or allergic response.
Our medical professionals can determine the best solution for you
Adjustments to your lifestyle
Anti-inflammatory medications and supplements
Pain relief medication
Physical therapy for joint problems
Stem cell therapy
Stem Cells are harvested from a nominated donor, and can be found in either adipose cells (fat), bone marrow, or umbilical lining (as is the case with embryonic stem cells.
Whilst some people feel more comfortable making use of their own adult stem cells for treatment, others may pursue embryonic stem cells for their significantly-higher concentration. They are harvested very soon after birth in a GMP-regulated laboratory, and are always thoroughly screened for infection, genetic abnormality and disease in the lab prior to use.
Patients needn't worry about experiencing any pain whilst donating or receiving stem cells for treatment, as local anaesthetic is always used to ensure the patient is most comfortable throughout.
Recovery from Stem Cell treatment is swift, and should begin to alleviate arthritic pain relatively quickly.
During the first few days after treatment, you may notice some minor bruising, swelling, redness and tenderness around the injection sites, although this is shortlived. We simply ask that you refrain from air travel for a minimum of 5 days to allow the initial healing stages to occur without interference.
Specific aftercare will depend on your treatment area, although your practitioner will be more than happy to provide thorough instructions tailored to you following treatment.
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We understand that deciding to go forward with cosmetic treatment can feel like a huge decision. One that we certainly wouldn't expect you to go ahead with without hearing a little bit about us first. Here is exactly why people around the world are happy to put their trust into Harley Street Skin Clinic.
Since 2004, Harley Street Skin has been on speed dial to some of the world's highest flyers thanks to the expertise of cosmetic tour de force, Dr. Aamer Khan and wife Lesley Reynolds.
With their flagship clinic based on the world’s most famous medical strip, Harley Street Skin quickly became a medical and cosmetic frontrunner, drumming up a pristine professional reputation and impressive roster of celebrity clientele. The clinic was in fact so thriving that it gained the attention of television network SkyOne, becoming the focus of hit documentary series Stitch Me, Lift Me, Tuck Me.
Offering an expansive range of both surgical and non-surgical treatments, Harley Street Skin are renowned worldwide for their cosmetic precision, expertise and minimally invasive techniques. From top of the line body sculpting treatments and cosmetic contouring to breast enhancement and discreet anti-ageing lifts, Harley Street experts offer the A-list experience from consultation through to aftercare.
But that's not all. Harley Street Skin are also pioneering skincare specialists, offering solutions to everything from anti-ageing and resurfacing, to colour correction and hydration.
Carefully formulating the perfect regime for even the most stubborn and unusual of skin complaints, Harley Street Skin boast an acclaimed skin care range frequently making an appearance in beauty mag must-haves, health and lifestyle columns, and celebrity handbags around the world.
With highly skilled practitioners, doctors and surgeons on hand at every turn, Harley Street Skin can help you attain the aesthetic you've been dreaming of - whatever your cosmetology needs.