Stem Cell Therapy for Diabetes and Organ Diseases

At a Glance

  • Surgery duration: 30 minutes to 2 hours (outpatient)
  • Anesthesia: Exclusively local anesthesia (tumescent anesthesia)
  • Preliminary examinations: Blood test, further examinations depending on the patient’s state of health
  • Check-ups: To be arranged on an individual basis

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The number of diabetes cases being diagnosed is on the increase. In the case of type 1 diabetes, this is the beginning of a lifelong insulin therapy in order to replace the autologous hormone, which is essential to regulate blood sugar concentration. This therapy is frequently very unpleasant for the patient, as the hormone has to be injected under the skin several times a day.

At present, the treatment of diabetes with autologous stem cells from fat cannot generally be recommended, as there is not enough data available. There is, however, evidence suggesting that the growth factors released by the administered stem cells stimulate the remaining insulin-producing cells to reproduce. In addition, an immune suppressive effect is under discussion, which should reduce defective regulation and the associated damage caused to the pancreas.

Apart from diabetes, numerous studies have been conducted on the possible therapeutic benefit of stem cells from fat in a number of other organ diseases such as asthma, ulcerative colitis, erectile dysfunction and Crohn’s disease. The stem cells appear to stimulate the body to regenerate the respective organ and to suppress the overreaction of the immune system that underlies the disease.

Due to discomfort in the shoulders, knees, and feet, it became increasingly difficult for me to walk longer distances. Even standing in front of school classes and in lecture halls was stressful. When I fell sporadically I decided to undergo treatment with my own stem cells by DDr. Heinrich. After the procedure, the pain subsided in all joints; mobility and safety when walking have increased.

Mag. Markus Sch.

After meniscus surgery, I suffered from knee pain for 3 years. Every day I needed help in the household and when shopping. I immediately felt in good hands in the Clinic DDr. Heinrich®. About a month after the knee treatment with my stem cells, I noticed a significant relief of my pain, especially when walking. Many thanks to DDr. Heinrich and his team!

Mrs. Sch., 65

For about 7 years I was suffering from knee pain, which was getting worse and worse. Climbing stairs and going downhill caused severe pain in the knees. Injection of hyaluronic acid only helped temporarily. After the stem cell treatment of my knees in Clinic DDr. Heinrich®, the stinging pain disappeared. I would do the surgery again – my recommendation!

Mrs. A., Vorarlberg

For 20 years, I suffered from knee pain and had to give up dancing and traveling. I read about the stem cell treatment in the Clinic DDr. Heinrich® in the newspaper. The doctor and his staff cared for me in a very competent and empathic way. About two weeks after the procedure, I noticed a significant improvement. On a ball I could dance without pain again and enjoy the evening on the dance floor! I am grateful for this increase in well-being.

Gertraude V., 79

Since childhood I had to deal with knee and hip joint problems due to a skiing accident. Periodic joint inflammations and falls forced me to limit activities such as mountain climbing and skiing. In my case the fat stem cell therapy at the clinic of DDr. Heinrich really paid off. Today I have much less pain and I am looking forward to swimming, cycling, as well as hiking and traveling.

Mr. Sch., Vienna

I had permanent pain in the knees and the spine and could only walk short distances. Hiking, skiing, and cycling were impossible. My relatives often helped me at home. I felt in good hands in the Clinic DDr. Heinrich®. After the procedure my condition got better and better. The knees barely hurt after 3 weeks, the pain in the spine faded. I am very glad that I can go for light walks again!

Gertraud K.

I suffered from worsening knee pain for 5 years. My wish was to be able to live my everyday life again without severe restrictions. After careful consideration, I decided to undergo stem cell treatment. The pain subsided continually after the procedure. Now I am able to climb stairs, run, and visit the gym – no match for the condition prior to the treatment! I would definitely do the surgery again.

Mrs. E., 57

I had a lot of pain in my ankle, even at rest. As a result, I could barely work in my garden. Hyalurone and nutritional supplements did not lead to an improvement. I had confidence in Dr. Heinrich from the beginning. After the treatment, the pain was gone! I am looking forward to the fall, when I can collect mushrooms again. I am very happy about the result.

Alfred D., 82

The autologous stem cells needed for therapy are harvested from a small portion of fat, gently extracted using local anesthesia. The stem cells are introduced into the body immediately afterwards where their regenerative effect begins to work. The patient is fully mobile after treatment and can resume normal everyday activities.

Please note that no guarantees or promise of cure can be given in medicine generally; this also applies to advanced treatments such as stem cell therapy. Although we carry out your surgery with the greatest care and have achieved excellent results in part with stem cell treatment, adult stem cells are not a universal remedy.

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This page serves the purpose of information only and is not to be understood as medical advice. We would like to expressly point out that a cure cannot be guaranteed. Stem cell therapy is an advanced procedure, which has only recently been applied worldwide and for which the long-term studies and reliable documentation on successes, risks and side effects required for a recognized procedure are not yet available.

The legislation on stem cell therapies and conducting of new therapies varies from country to country worldwide. In our clinic in Austria we only carry out the treatments permitted under the applicable legal situation. For other treatments we have worldwide contacts in our cooperation network and can support the selection of specialized medical facilities abroad.

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