Stem Cell Treatment for SMA
Patients with Spinal Muscular Atrophy see their condition getting progressively worse because of the constant loss of nerve cells. Thus, the aim of our treatment is to regenerate the damaged nerve cells by using stem cell transplantation. To do so, stem cells are injected in great quantity through IVs and lumbar punctures in order to better target the damaged areas.
Our stem cell therapy for spinal muscular atrophy can potentially bring improvements in movements, muscle atrophy and muscle weakness, balance and coordination, developmental delay, muscular rigidity and more.
However, it is important to remember that the treatment is not a cure. It can not eliminate the underlying cause of the cell death but can slow down the progression of the disease and bring improvements in patients’ condition, allowing a better quality of life.* Also, please consider the fact that for any progressive condition, possible improvements might only last for a certain period of time. Upon receiving your medical information our doctors can give you additional guidance regarding your/your relative particular condition.
Our Treatment Package
Our SMA treatment program is the best available worldwide. The combination of Beike stem cell technology with the Functional Medicine Approach of Better Being Hospital allows our patients to give themselves the best chances of improvement. Please review the table below and learn more about the treatments, therapies and services included in our program.
|Adult Stem Cell Treatment*||6-8 Injections (25 days)|
|Totaling more than 300 million stem cells**|
|Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy|
|Correction of Physiological / Blood Imbalances|
|Airport pick-up service|
|24hour medical assistance|
|English speaking doctors|
|Top accomodation options to choose from|
|International staff members assisting every step of the way|
**Patients under 10 years old may receive fewer stem cells depending upon body weight.
***Depending on each one’s specific condition, not all therapies may be provided.
Beike Biotechnology is partnered with the Better Being Hospital (BBH) in Bangkok, Thailand, to provide the most extensive treatment available for our patients. This partnership brings stem cells therapy to another level as BBH is the first accredited center in Asia for functional medicine. Read more about BBH
The medical team at the center uses a combination of two injection methods for our patients diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy: intravenous and lumbar puncture. More information about each type of injection below:
Intravenous Injection (IV)
The Intravenous (IV) delivery method is a very simple process and should already be familiar to most patients. A tubing line with a catheter tip threaded over a needle is placed into the patient’s vein. Once proper placement is obtained, the needle portion is removed and the flexible plastic catheter is left in place in the vein with the tubing attached. The stem cell solution mixed with the cord blood serum will be administered through the IV (after the evaluation by local medical staff, Dexamethasone may be considered beforehand to avoid any potential allergic reactions). Typically no sedation is required for this procedure. The entire IV injection process takes less than 45 minutes to complete.
Lumbar Puncture (LP)
A lumbar puncture is also commonly referred to as a spinal tap. It is a procedure used to access the cerebrospinal fluid of the brain and spinal cord and helps to deliver stem cells directly into the cerebral spinal fluid, bypassing the blood-brain barrier. Our doctors have determined that this is the least invasive method for delivering stem cells directly into the central nervous system. Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) is used by the body to provide protection for the brain and spinal cord, limiting the possibility of injury to these areas. The body constantly produces CSF and thus any withdrawn fluid is naturally replaced within a few hours.
Below are video interviews recorded during treatment with Beike stem cells regarding patient experience including the improvements they have noticed following the treatment. The improvements mentioned in these videos are typical in patients with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, however it does not guarantee that all patients may have improvement.