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How to Choose Your Regenerative Medicine Provider

 

Finding the right medical provider can be overwhelming, but finding a good regenerative medicine provider can be even more overwhelming. Many people aren’t familiar with the field of regenerative medicine, as they’ve grown accustomed to a traditional healthcare system that prioritizes band-aid measures to treat symptoms rather than offering solutions that will encourage true healing. The following things are important to take into consideration when selecting a regenerative medicine provider to guide you on your journey to a healthier quality of life.

Don’t be afraid to ask your medical providers about their qualifications and background:

The most important thing to look for when choosing a regenerative medicine provider is someone who has been properly trained in the field of regenerative medicine, ideally a medical doctor. At Southern Stem Cell Institute, our expert staff is made up of medical doctors, physician assistants, nurses, and nurse practitioners, all working under the guidance and close supervision of Dr. Richard Ambrozic, MD. Dr. Ambrozic is highly-trained and has studied regenerative medicine since he was in medical school. Our staff is made up of lifelong learners, and our providers regularly attend conferences and trainings so they can bring the best and newest advances in regenerative medicine to our patients!

Make sure you’re choosing a practice that will stay by your side throughout your entire journey:

Regenerative medicine isn’t an instantaneous cure. It takes time for true healing to take place, and you want to make sure that you’re choosing a provider who isn’t going to give you an injection and send you on your way. At Southern Stem Cell Institute, we see our patients for one, three, six, and nine month follow up appointments. The purpose of these appointments is to allow our patients to ask us any questions they have about their journey to health and for our providers to check in and ensure that they are progressing the way we expect them to after treatment. In the rare instances that they aren’t seeing as much improvement as they had anticipated, we recognize it as our job to get to the bottom of the issue and offer guidance and solutions that will allow the treatment they received to be as successful as possible. We also encourage our patients to take advantage of the adjunctive therapies we offer at our office as part of their treatment plans, which aid in their success. These therapies include hyperbaric oxygen therapy, pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy, LED light therapy, and IV hydration therapy.

To learn more about Southern Stem Cell Institute and what sets us apart from other regenerative medicine practices, call 678-568-2309 to schedule your complimentary consultation.

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Dr. Richard Ambrozic, MD, attends 26th Clinical Applications for Age Management Medicine Conference

Atlanta, GA (April 17, 2019) – Dr. Richard Ambrozic, MD, attended the 26th Clinical Applications for Age Management Medicine Conference in Miami, Florida, from April 11th to April 14th, 2019. The conference is organized by the Age Medicine Management Group (AMMG), which provides cutting-edge training and a certification program for physicians, and also publishes the AMMG e-journal. AMMG is a leader in progressive, proactive, and preventative healthcare.

The conference included presentations on “the latest findings, modalities, and treatments—from promoting a longer, healthier life with umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells to learning what the newest scientific data says about optimal fitness levels and physical fitness biomarkers,” according to AMMG.

“I’m thankful that I had the opportunity to attend this conference and further my knowledge of anti-aging and regenerative medicine,” said Dr. Amrbozic. “At Southern Stem Cell Institute, our motto is ‘Committed to Research and Using State of the Art Stem Cell and Regenerative Therapies in an Ethical, Safe Manner.’ Our patients become our family, and providing them with the best care means continually researching, learning, and enhancing the therapies that we provide them.”

Dr. Ambrozic has been a physician for over twenty years. His journey in regenerative medicine began in medical school when he conducted research into wound and burn healing using growth factors. He earned his medical degree from the University of Alberta and completed a residency in health prevention and family medicine at the University of British Columbia. He is the founder of Southern Stem Cell Institute and has practices in Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia and Valdosta, Georgia.

For more information about Southern Stem Cell Institute and the therapies they offer, please visit www.ssci.life.

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Why Wharton’s Jelly?

You might have heard about the controversy surrounding Liveyon, a company that sells umbilical cord blood products. In 2018, Liveyon had to recall their products after many people who received their injections became very ill. What is it about Liveyon’s products that would make people sick?

Umbilical cord blood has the potential to become tainted and can transmit infectious diseases. This is why at Southern Stem Cell Institute, we use stem cells from an area of the umbilical cord called Wharton’s Jelly, not umbilical cord blood, and an FDA-cleared lab that is third-party tested for sterility.

What is Wharton’s Jelly?

Wharton’s Jelly is a gelatinous substance found in the umbilical cord matrix that is a rich form of mesenchymal stem cells. Mesenchymal stem cells are multipotent, which means that they have the remarkable ability to differentiate to form adipocytes, cartilage, bone, tendons, muscle, and skin. In other words, mesenchymal stem cells are able to regenerate and rebuild these parts of the body that may have worn down or become damaged due to age or injury.

Why we’ve never used umbilical cord blood, and why we never will:

Although umbilical cord blood contains general, growth factor, and homeostatic cytokines (signaling molecules that mediate and regulate immunity, inflammation and hematopoiesis) the concentration of mesenchymal stem cells found in umbilical cord blood is therapeutically insignificant. The umbilical cord matrix, however, yields a high concentration of mesenchymal stem cells, and it also contains scaffolding cytokines in addition to the other kinds found in cord blood.

But that’s not the only reason why Wharton’s Jelly is such an incredible substance: the umbilical cord matrix where Wharton’s Jelly is found is neutral zone. This means that the substance doesn’t contain transmissible diseases, and there is no risk of developing any allergies that a donor mother or baby might carry. We’re proud of the fact that our lab thoroughly vets donor candidates to ensure that they are not carriers of transmissible diseases anyway.

At Southern Stem Cell Institute, we are committed to research and using state of the art stem cell and regenerative therapies in an ethical, safe manner. This means that we would only ever treat our patients with products that are of the highest quality from labs we can trust. To learn more about stem cell therapy and how it can benefit you, call 678-568-2309 to schedule a complimentary consultation.