What is the difference between autologous and allogeneic?
The source of your regenerative cells determines whether it’s autologous or allogeneic.
- Autologous: the cells are from you
- Allogenic: the cells are from a donor
At GIOSTAR Chicago, the medical team uses regenerative cells obtained from your own body.
However, when it comes to the efficacy of autologous versus allogeneic in regenerative medicine, studies show that both are effective. Of course, as a fairly new area of science and medicine, researchers are still uncovering the benefits of autologous and allogeneic cells.
If you’re seeking treatment for a blood-related condition, such as sickle cell anemia or leukemia, you may prefer allogeneic cells from umbilical cord samples or bone marrow.
When using autologous cells extracted from your own adipose, or fat tissue, the extraction is minimally invasive and the medical team can get more regenerative cells from the sample.
The team at GIOSTAR Chicago follows a very strict protocol when obtaining your fat sample and extracting your stem cells to ensure safety, as well as that you get as many stem cells as possible for your transplant to get the most benefits.
Additionally, because GIOSTAR Chicago only uses autologous generated cells, there are no moral or religious concerns with treatment.
While autologous and allogeneic regenerative cells both offer benefits, effectiveness ultimately comes down to the scientist in the lab responsible for isolating the cells. When seeking regenerative cell therapy, the staff at GIOSTAR Chicago recommend you do your research not only on the treatment itself but also on the provider conducting the extraction and transplant so you can make an informed decision about your treatment.
If you’d like to know more about regenerative cell therapy, call GIOSTAR Chicago to talk to a member of the medical team or set up your complimentary consultation today using the online booking feature.
Can I use my own regenerative cells? Will you use my own regenerative cells for treatment?
Yes, we use the patient’s own cells for treatment (adult, autologous MSCs). However, depending on the medical condition, the patient’s medical history, and the severity of the condition, we do also source cells using a donor whereby treatment is administered outside of the U.S. Under FDA guidance, it is not acceptable to administer donor (allogeneic) cells in the United States. If a center is doing so in the US, you should question their general practice of medicine in the US, as the center does not follow guidances.
Should I use donor cells?
Donor-derived stem cells as designed by GIOSTAR have no threat to immune rejection, no threat to forming cancer, no invasive surgery is required, and have a high effectiveness for your treatment.
If GIOSTAR uses my own cells, how much fat or adipose is taken from my body for this procedure?
Autologous cell therapy will be administered in our Chicago location. We will extract approximately 150 cc, or about the size of a coffee cup of adipose (fat) tissue from the area near your stomach or hip.
Are my own regenerative cells damaged and ineffective since I am sick?
No, it is okay. In most cases, your cells are not damaged. We will extract and isolate a specific regenerative cell called "mesenchymal” stem cell.
How much time between transplants is recommended?
Each transplant, in general, should be timed 4 to 6 weeks apart, a maximum of 8 weeks apart depending on the disease and medical condition of the patient.