What is unique about BennuLife?
As a leading provider of preventive cell therapy and body rejuvenation, BennuLife helps you achieve renewed health and improved well-being through natural, non-invasive techniques and procedures that use your body’s regenerative power. BennuLife will use your own cells to help you heal yourself. This includes using your own adult stem cells and/or platelet rich plasma to help regenerate tissue in orthopedic and dermal applications.
We were founded by board certified fellowship trained orthopedic spine surgeons. We are the only regenerative clinic in the U.S. utilizing a patented stem cell methods technique. Bennulife also has four additional patents pending. No other clinic offers a stem cell technique with this amount of intellectual property. Utilizing our patented procedures has resulted in our follow up clinical results being better than those reported by any other regenerative clinic. Bennulife has been involved in four FDA biologic studies on treating orthopedic pathology. Bennulife spine surgeons have used bone marrow concentrate in spine surgery since the early 90’s. Our clinic has physicians with more than 25 years of stem cell experience! Bennulife follows all FDA guidelines.
What is Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative Medicine is a new and advancing scientific field focused on the repair and regeneration of damaged tissue utilizing the body’s own resources including adult stem cells. At BennuLife, we use autologous (cells or tissues that are obtained from and used in the same individual) adult stem cells and peripheral blood to obtain specific cells and proteins beneficial in the healing process.
What is PRP?
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is made by spinning blood so that platelets and growth factors can be separated from red blood cells and other fluids. This process allows doctors to use the platelets and growth factors at higher concentrations than would normally be found in blood.
What are adult stem cells?
We are born with over twenty different types of stem cells. We keep these stem cells our entire lives to regenerate our bodies damaged tissues. Stem cells are unique cells capable of two processes: reproducing themselves or differentiating into end stage cells. Bennulife’s extensive research involves using your own adult mesenchymal stem cells (M.S.C.) obtained from bone marrow. Extensive published research indicates M.S.C.’s can repair and replace degenerative areas in between discs and damaged joints and provides your body the opportunity for natural healing.
What’s the difference between using my own stem cells (autologous) and ones that come from someone else (allogenic)?
When a physician uses your own tissue or cells as part of your treatment, they are called autologous. These types of treatments have the advantage of being from your own body, which means they will be recognized as your own and will easily find a happy home in your body without alerting your immune system. If a physician uses tissue or cells from another person for your treatment, they would be called allogenic. This is the kind of technology used in organ transplants, and as you probably know, organ transplants require a lifetime of anti-rejection drugs. This is because the tissue is not from your own body and is recognized as foreign by the immune system. There are currently no allogenic cell treatments that have demonstrated superior results versus autologous. Since they are also foreign tissue, BennuLife sees no advantage to using this type of cell. We only use your own cells and tissues to treat you.
Why is the mesenchymal stem cell so important?
For those in the fields of orthopedics and spine, it is the perfect stem cell because it is the ONLY stem cell that can become bone, cartilage, tendon, or ligament cells. Perhaps even more important is what the M.S.C. does when it remains a stem cell. The undifferentiated M.S.C. may be the MOST IMPORTANT CELL IN YOUR BODY because it modulates your immune system and fights acute and chronic inflammation throughout your entire body. We think of the M.S.C. as the conductor and your immune system the orchestra!
It has powerful anti-inflammatory abilities. The M.S.C. modulates your immune system, prevents apoptosis (cell death), promotes new blood vessel formation (angiogenesis), and can promote rapid healing from acute injuries. The M.S.C. truly promotes your body’s own natural healing.
How do we obtain stem cells and are there any ethical issues with this process?
We extract adult stem cells from the patient. Based on extensive published research, the best M.S.C.’s to treat orthopedic and spine pathology are found in the bone marrow tissue within the iliac wing of the pelvis (sometimes called the hip bone). Since the cells are coming from the patient, there are NO ethical implications. We are treating individuals with cells derived from their own bodies for the best possible natural healing experience.
Adult M.S.C.’s are found in mature adult tissues (the best M.S.C.’s come from bone marrow), while embryonic stem cells are obtained from donated embryos. Embryonic stem cells are not found within the adult human body. At Bennulife, we do not use embryonic stem cells for any of our procedures. There are no ethical issues utilizing your own adult stem cells.
How do your adult M.S.C.’s know what to do?
Your adult stem cells become activated by a process of cell-signaling. Unhealthy cells in your body signal to the stem cells using small proteins called cytokines. Once the new stem cells understand their purpose, they immediately go to work with their new job to repair and replace damaged and degenerated tissue.
If you put an M.S.C. into an arthritic joint it will differentiate into a cartilage cell. If you put an M.S.C. into a bone fracture, it will become a bone cell. If an M.S.C. is placed into a ligament or tendon, it will become a fibroblast. The M.S.C. can also remain a stem cell and duplicate itself over and over. How the M.S.C. can accomplish all these amazing things is the result of millions of years of development.
Is stem cell therapy safe?
Adult stem cell therapies using bone marrow concentrate have a very long history of safety. This study documents one physician’s 20+ year history with bone marrow derived adult stem cells and concludes that they are absolutely safe. Feel free to ask your BennuLife physician which studies he thinks best demonstrate the safety of this technology!
How do I know adult stem cell therapy will work?
Like any medical treatment, there is no guarantee of success. The wonderful thing about bone marrow derived adult stem cell therapy is the wealth of scientific and practical support we find in peer-reviewed scientific studies. Ask your BennuLife physician about the scientific record for adult stem cell therapy in your specific condition as well as his/her own experience with it.
How long do the therapeutic effects of a bone marrow stem cell procedure last and will I require a second procedure?
No one knows how long the therapeutic effects of a stem cell procedure will last. Our surgeons have been using bone marrow stem cells in spine surgery since the 1990s. Our experience is that about 5% of patients have a second stem cell procedure done within two years of the first procedure. Having a second procedure does not increase any risks. Our experience indicates a second procedure often provides the additional relief a patient is seeking. If a patient doesn’t achieve adequate results within three months of the first procedure, a second procedure should be given serious consideration.
Who is a candidate?
Most people with arthritis in any joint are good candidates for bone marrow M.S.C. regenerative therapy. Some patients are better candidates than others, depending on certain factors such as the severity of arthritis and age. Patients with chronic back or neck pain are often very good candidates for M.S.C. regenerative therapy. All patients are candidates for the IV infusion therapy. Each patient is individually analyzed by an experienced stem cell specialist.
What is a Plasma Concentrate Facial.
At BennuLife Austin, we offer rejuvenating treatments that naturally restore the health and vitality of your skin. Ideal for aging skin with slackened elasticity and fine lines, our unique micro-needling treatments deliver your own growth factors (taken from a standard blood draw) just below the surface of the skin to help stimulate tissue repair and regrowth. Best of all, unlike other treatments, there is no downtime so you don’t have to miss a beat of your busy life. The procedure takes between 1- 1.5 hours and is completed by a trained and licensed professional.
How is the BennuLife Facial different from a PRP or vampire facial?
You may have heard of PRP or “vampire facials” that have been used over the last several years as a treatment in aesthetic medicine. These facials are often painful and require days of downtime. The BennuLife facial was developed with more advanced, science based technology that removes unnecessary and inflammatory components as it concentrates the important regenerative ones. Therefore there is very little downtime, most patients leave the office with nothing more than a healthy flush that dissipates within hours. Most PRP “vampire” treatments use technology that only concentrates a very small amount of blood leading to significantly smaller numbers of the important proteins and cells involved in the healing process. BennuLife’s unique technology provides, in a single treatment, up to ten times the amount of these beneficial factors than our competitors offer.
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