At Beike, our treatment not only focuses on treating the patient current symptoms but also prevents future complications. As cerebral palsy patients mature, the primary symptoms will inevitably lead to further physical issues that could possibly be avoided.
Possible Improvements after Stem Cell Treatment:
- Improved motor functions
- Increase muscle strength
- Increased social skills and ability to communicate
- Decreased muscle spasticity
- Improved vision
- Improved speech
- Improved ability to chew and swallow
- Lowered reliance on outside medical equipment (wheelchairs, braces, casts, etc)
- Decrease/Eliminate Seizures
About our Stem Cells
Now let’s talk about the stem cells we use in our treatment protocol for Cerebral Palsy.
What are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that have the ability to help perform a variety of regenerative functions such as differentiate and replace a wide range of cells in patient’s body, regulate the immune system and stimulate patient’s own stem cells.
Adult Stem Cells (ACSs) are naturally present in every human being and their task is to regenerate dead and damaged cells during the body’s whole life span. They regenerate cells that are naturally dying (apoptosis) as well as cells injured by other reasons (disease, traumatic injuries etc.). These stem cells have limited differentiation and proliferation potentials, thus they are not likely to create any tumor or cancer. At Beike Biotech, we are only using Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells (UCBSC) and Umbilical Cord Mesenchymal Stem Cells (UCMSC) in our treatment protocols, which are 2 types of Adult Stem Cells widely documented and considered as safe by the international scientific community.
How do our Stem Cells help treat Cerebral Palsy?
Stem Cells help Cerebral Palsy patients by rebuilding and regenerating the cells that were lost at birth due to a lack of oxygen. These cells will NEVER be naturally regenerated by the body which means the damage that has been done, will NEVER improve.
Is Stem Cell Treatment for Cerebral Palsy Safe?
YES – Since the company’s founding in 2005, more than 20,500 patients (as of January 2016) have been treated with Beike’s stem cell technology with no serious adverse outcomes or reactions that have been related to the stem cell transplants. Our medical department doctors review in-depth medical information provided by patients and it is only after this review that patients may be accepted for treatment. All medical procedures present possibility for complications.
As you already know by seeking treatment for Cerebral Palsy, the traditional process of treating Cerebral Palsy is almost as complex as the condition itself. Cerebral Palsy is caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain during birth, being born premature, serious head injuries or infections such as Meningitis. Cerebral Palsy treatment and the everyday life complications are emotionally, physiologically, physically, financially and spiritually draining. The average lifetime cost of treating a child with Cerebral Palsy is $921,000USD, that cost does not include out-of-pocket expenses, visits to the emergency room, lost wages or physosocial effects. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for Cerebral Palsy, conventional treatments options for parents are:
- Lifelong extensive physical/occupational therapies
- Numerous costly and invasive surgical operations such as:
- Surgery for muscles, tendons and joints. These surgeries are done to increase the range of motion. One example is; the surgeon may cut and lengthen a tendon, cut through muscles or attach a tendon to a different part of a bone.
- Surgery to correct spinal curves or to prevent hip dislocation is also done.
- Selective Dorshal Rhizotony – This is the cutting of the nerves of the affected limbs. This is done for contracture (the constant tightening of the muscles until they become hard and rigid). This is a very popular surgery for children who have severe muscle tightness
- *One of the main benefits of Stem Cell Treatment is the ability to avoid invasive surgeries. Stem Cell Treatment has shown to reduce spasticity and allow the patient to avoid the above operations, which have numerous side effects such as infections, scaring, complications from Anastasia, etc
- Special adaptive medical equipment such as braces, casts, walkers, wheelchairs and splints
- Special schools
- Lifelong reliance on numerous prescription medications, which has its own side of life altering side effects.
- 24x7 supervision by guardian, family members or outside medical care firms
When considering treatment for Cerebral Palsy we focus on all factors that truly determine the level of care the patient needs, also, what a successful outcome would be. It is also important to note that each case of Cerebral Palsy is unique, with unique medical needs for each patient. An example of being able to determine a successful outcome would be as follows; there is no known cure for Cerebral Palsy, so to have the expectation of curing the disease is unrealistic. However, we break down Cerebral Palsy into primary and secondary conditions we are able to identify a realistic treatment outcome, with measurable medical outcomes. An example of a typical primary condition is when a patient has facial muscle control and coordination problems. The facial issues would be considered a “primary condition” with the secondary conditions being:
Common symptoms caused by Cerebral Palsy
- Difficulty in chewing food
- Inability and painful swallowing
- Drooling from the mouth
- Inability to make facial expressions such as smiling, joyful expressions
- Inability to maintain eye contact
- Inability to maintain speech
- Spastic muscles
- Irregular spine shape
- Small jawbone
- Small head size
- Floppy or stiff body
- and more...
*Cerebral Palsy Resources