Helping You Heal Yourself

With revolutionary stem cell therapy for the Treasure Valley and beyond.

Your Health Is Everything.

Our Technology Treats It That Way.

Stem cells are considered your body’s “master cells.” They serve as the foundation for every organ and tissue in your body, as well as your body’s internal repair system.  

As we age, our bodies naturally lose stem cells due to injuries, exposure to diseases, metabolic disorders, and normal everyday activities. Due to age-related decrease in cell availability, the body’s natural healing process begins to take longer, which can lead to degenerative diseases such as osteoarthritis, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and numerous autoimmune disorders like Crohn’s Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

What is a Stem Cell?

A stem cell is basically any cell that can replicate and differentiate. Serving as your body’s natural healing cells, they are recruited by damaged tissues to repair and regenerate damaged cells. In the right environment, stem cells can change/ differentiate into bone, cartilage, muscle, fat, collagen, neural tissue, blood vessels, and even some organs. Stem cells may assist healing via the secretion of special chemical messengers that repair damaged tissues.

 

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Personal Cell Therapy

Your Body, Your DNA, Your Regeneration

Stem Cells of Idaho provides an individualized cell therapy treatment plan using your own stem cells, harvested from your body’s fat stores, known as adipose tissue. This approach yields a significantly higher number of younger, more robust live stem cells compared to other sources. This creates the best possible environment for successful treatments in helping to fight the challenges of injury and aging. Additionally, we offer the service of cryogenically preserving and storing your cells which ensures they are readily available for any future treatments, enhancing the effectiveness and convenience of therapy.

Unlike other stem cell treatments that use allograft cells (sourced from another individual), Stem Cells of Idaho employs an autograft technique that utilizes cells derived directly from your own tissue using our advanced processing technology. This method reduces the risk of rejection due to foreign DNA as well as your potential exposure to donor viruses, while ensuring optimal compatibility and efficacy with absolutely no additives.

The term ‘autograft’ refers to the process of using your own biological materials for therapeutic purposes. By leveraging this technique, we are able to achieve more promising results over other methods. Our therapy harnesses the natural potential of your own cells to offer a new avenue for healing and regeneration.

Our proprietary technology and innovative approach make our therapy uniquely effective for a wide range of conditions, including joint pain, injuries, heart disease, autoimmune disorders, and many others. At Stem Cells of Idaho, we’re not just offering a treatment; we’re unlocking the healing capabilities inherent in your own body, setting a new standard in regenerative medicine.

What Can Be Treated with Stem Cells?

Numerous conditions often improve with stem cell therapy, and many of them are orthopedic in nature. Adipose Derived Adult Stem Cells can be effective with acute injuries or in the more chronic settings of arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, and other degenerative processes.

Other ailments that have shown improvement with stem cell therapy include heart disease, Asthma, COPD, autoimmune illnesses such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and Crohn’s Disease, and other inflammatory and neurological conditions.

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Stem cell therapy relies on the body’s natural healing process. This regenerative quality is astounding, but it may take some time. However, in some diseases, more immediate responses are possible. Most patients, especially those with orthopedic conditions, require only one deployment. Certain types of degenerative conditions, particularly autoimmune disease, may respond best to a series of stem cell deployments. The number and necessity of any additional treatments would be decided on a case-by-case basis, catered to your specific situation. As with all medical treatments, some patients may not experience significant improvement, while others may see dramatic improvements from the repair of damaged tissue or resolution of diseases.

How to Obtain This Procedure

Initial consultation to determine if stem cell therapy is right for you is done in our office. Appropriate radiographic studies are available on-site as needed. Our office accepts most major insurance carriers. 

At this time, the cost of stem cell therapy is not covered by insurance. Our fees are set as reasonable as possible to lower the threshold for public access to stem cell medicine. Fees include the harvesting, isolating, and deployment of your own cells. Please contact our office to schedule a consultation at 208-579-2038.

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Over Two Decades of Surgical Precision, Compassionate Care, and Stem Cell Expertise

Dr. Gregory Schweiger is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with 22 years of experience specializing in orthopedic surgery, particularly in trauma and sports medicine, while also dedicating a substantial part of his practice to developing and applying stem cell therapies. His thorough and expansive training includes a medical degree from the University of Southern California, an internship and residency at The Ohio State University Hospitals, and a fellowship at Case Western Reserve Metrohealth Medical Center.

He is credentialed in a special “closed procedure process” that harvests stem cells from patients’ adipose tissue through a minimally-invasive procedure. Dr. Schweiger’s clinic is the exclusive provider of this advanced and innovative procedure in the Treasure Valley.

Optimizing Your Current and Future Health with Stem Cell Banking

By collaborating with American Cell Technology, we ensure the safe and trusted storage of your autograft cells. This service is crucial for addressing future health issues like hip pain, knee replacements, COPD, Arthritis, or other age-related challenges. Having an on-demand supply of your own cells can be instrumental to maintaining your long-term health, happiness, and journey as you age.

Frequently Asked Questions

Types Of Stem Cells

There are two main types of stem cells: allograft (derived from another person’s tissue) and autograft (sourced from your own body). We do not use embryonic stem cells due to ethical concerns. Unless you have preserved your own umbilical or placental cells at birth, accessing these types of cells typically involves receiving them from another individual. A critical concern with allograft cells, such as those from donated umbilical or placental sources, is the uncertainty regarding the long-term effects of the foreign DNA on the recipient’s body.

Other possible downsides of umbilical/placental sources are immune reactions, disease transmission, unpredictable stem cell potency, and increased non-stem cell content. These concerns can be avoided by using your own autograft cells. Known as “mesenchymal adult stem cells,” they already reside in various tissues in your body. This makes these cells autologous – they contain your unique DNA and cell surface markers, rendering them the preferred cell to utilize.

Although useful, stem cells harvested from bone marrow have a few constraints. First, they are lower in quantity than adipose stem cells, yielding approximately 5,000 to 60,000 cells, and therefore are usually cultured in order to multiply their numbers for future use.

Another disadvantage of bone marrow cells is that they are older, possessing shorter DNA strand telomeres which are predictors of cell function and age. Also, the number and quality of bone marrow stem cells decline with age at a faster rate when compared to adipose stem cells. Finally, bone marrow harvesting involves a more invasive extraction and is typically more painful.

Adipose derived mesenchymal stem cells (fat cells) are more abundant and robust than bone marrow cells. Our technology processes the fat to yield approximately 500,000 to 1,000,000 stem cells per cc (cubic centimeter) of fat. It is therefore possible to obtain as many as 40 million cells per single harvest procedure.

How do stem cells heal?

Adult adipose-derived stem cells are known as “progenitor” cells, meaning they remain dormant unless they witness damage to tissue. So, when a person has a degenerative-type problem, these stem cells often go to the needed area and stimulate the healing process. Researchers are still unsure whether the cells simply change into the type of injured tissue needed for repair, or if they send out signals that induce repair by some other mechanism. Regardless of the specific modality, there are multiple animal models and a plethora of human evidence that indicate these cells are significantly reparative.

What is the most effective stem cell therapy?

In reviewing clinical data, researchers have found that procedures using an increased number of stem cells appear to correlate with greater treatment success. Research has also shown in donor-matched studies that adult adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) retained enhanced capacity compared to bone marrow stem cells, suggesting ADSCs may be the optimal cell type for musculoskeletal tissue engineering and regenerative medicine therapies.

For these reasons, Stem Cells of Idaho strongly prefers to harness the advantages offered by ADSCs, to ensure the best possible treatment and recovery for you.

What can be treated with stem cells?

Numerous conditions often improve from stem cell therapy, and many of them are orthopedic in nature. Adult stem cells appear to be particularly effective in improving joint pain, repairing cartilage and ligaments, and alleviating painful spinal conditions.

Other ailments that have shown improvement with stem cell therapy include heart disease, asthma, COPD, autoimmune illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease, and other inflammatory and neurological conditions.

Stem cell therapy relies on your body’s natural healing process. This regenerative quality is astounding but may take some time. However, in some diseases, more immediate responses are possible. Most patients, especially those with orthopedic conditions, require only one deployment. Certain types of degenerative conditions, particularly auto-immune disease, may respond best to a series of stem cell deployments. The number and necessity of any additional treatments would be decided on a case-by-case basis, catered to your specific situation. As with all medical treatments, some patients may not experience significant improvement while others may see dramatic regeneration of damaged tissue or resolution of diseases.

How are stem cells harvested?

Stem Cells of Idaho specializes in the use of fat-derived stem cells. Patients have their cells harvested in a refined procedure, performed in our office, under local anesthesia, with minimal discomfort. The procedure typically lasts 30-45 minutes.

Approximately 100 ccs of fat are harvested. The harvested material is processed using our proprietary sterile “closed system” technology to obtain a solution rich in your own stem cells. This is called Stromal Vascular Fraction (SVF), and actually contains four factors (signaling molecules) to promote your body’s healing process. Our advanced technology allows us to isolate a higher number of viable cells, which we can deploy during the same surgical visit. Also, on the same day of your procedure, you will have the option of cryo-preserving your cells for future treatments. Regardless of whether the cells are deployed that day or banked for future use, our methods are framed entirely around your individual needs. Regenerative medicine program combating the negative effects of aging with periodic stem cell deployments on a scheduled basis.

Stem Cell Banking

Cryo-preservation or banking (storage) of your stem cells can be performed at the same time as your SVF deployment procedure. This will provide your own personal stem cell line that can be used in future treatments for an array of conditions, should the need arise. These stem cells are available anytime from the cell bank without the need for another harvest procedure. Cell banking also allows patients to participate in a regenerative medicine program, combating the negative effects of aging with targeted stem cell administration.
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