Treatment for Kidney Disease

What is Chronic Kidney Disease?

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a progressive degenerative condition characterised by a gradual loss of kidney function. Common causes are diabetes (type I and II), high blood pressure, immune system conditions and infections. CKD is associated with an increased risk of secondary diseases such as cardiovascular disease, heart failure and chronic fatigue. 

Symptoms Include:

  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Reduced exercise capacity
  • Sleep problems
  • Impaired cognitive & immune function
  • Muscle twitches and cramps
  • Swelling of feet/ankles
  • Chest pain & shortness of breath
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)

 

‘Standard Care’ hospital treatment for kidney disease essentially consists of keeping the kidneys functioning as much as possible for as long as possible, with little hope of recovery or ‘cure’. 

 

How does Cell Therapy help?

A systemic review of 71 pre-clinical studies confirms that “…cell-based therapies can effectively improve impaired renal function…”[1] 

Medical advances have proved that mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have a remarkable regenerative power to directly improve function of kidneys and the major organ system functions. The MSCs used for treatment have the ability to protect the kidneys from further damage and encourage their own cells to repair tissue so that healing can be accelerated.[2] 

Damaged kidney tissue can be repaired and the kidneys become healthy again. MSCs has the potential to, not only stop the downward spiral of increasing damage and faulty function, but to heal damaged kidney tissue and restore increasing levels of function. We have seen reversal of symptoms of many conditions affecting the kidney and other related organs.

Click here to see a selection of our kidney patients' testimonials.

  • Reversal of degeneration and inflammation
  • Improved filtration and function
  • Improved GFR, BUN & creatinine levels 
  • Normalised blood glucose levels
  • Strengthened immune system
  • More energy, better sleep
  • Reduce risk of cardiovascular disease 

 

There are many stages to CKD. Once CKD has reached the Failure stage, conventional options are life-time dialysis, or kidney transplant. Frequency of dialysis and severity of injury must be assessed by our doctor to see whether cell treatment will be a viable option.

*As with any stem cell therapy, improvements may vary from patient to patient and cannot be guaranteed.

 

Who Is A Candidate For Stem Cell Treatment?

There are a variety of factors that determine whether stem cell therapy is a viable option for any particular individual with kidney disease.

After a preliminary intake conversation with the staff of Global Stem Cells, you will speak with our doctor to go over the history and current health status of the patient.  Along with answering questions and explaining exactly what stem cell treatment involves for that person, the doctor will assess whether stem cell therapy would be a worthwhile medical option.

Other requirements for receiving stem cell therapy for kidney disease in Thailand include:

  • Being medically capable to board a plane and to fly to Thailand
  • The ability to stay in Bangkok, Thailand for approximately 10 days
  • Being well enough such that the minor liposuction procedure is not a health risk

To understand what to expect during treatment with us, see the Treatment Journey page.

Please let us know if you have any questions. 

If or your loved one have chronic kidney disease, Global Stem Cells can assist you. Book a consultation with our stem cell expert by filling our our contact form or email [email protected]

 

Resources:

  1. Cell-based therapies for experimental chronic kidney disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis
  2. Clinical Trials in Renal Regenerative Medicine. Department of Nephrology and Hypertension, University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands. Maarten B. Rookmaaker
  3. Adipose Tissue-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells To Restore Renal Function. Eirin A – Stem Cells. 2012 May;30(5):1030-41 
  4. Adipose Tissue-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells: A Fat Chance of Curing Kidney Disease?Fangming Lin - Kidney International (2012) 82, 731-733