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In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on July 27, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Robot Assisted Stem Cell Therapy a First in Thailand


Bangkok, Thailand (PRWEB) November 9, 2005 – In a historic operation, surgeons at Bangkok Heart Hospital performed Thailand’s first robot-assisted cardiac stem cell implantation on October 27, 2005. Utilizing Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci Surgical System and VesCell™ adult stem cell therapy for heart disease from TheraVitae Ltd., surgeons treated a no-option, ischemic cardiomyopathy patient from Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA.

Dr. Kitipan V. Arom and Sujit Banyatpiyaphod utilized the da Vinci system to make the initial pericardial incision. They then implanted the stem cells directly into the patient’s heart using the minimally invasive stem cell injection technique pioneered by Dr. Amit Patel, Director of Cardiac Stem Cell Therapies at The McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Dr. Arom, who is the Chief Cardiac Surgeon at Bangkok Heart Hospital.



Robotically assisted surgery requires only three small holes be made between the ribs. Through these holes, two robotic arms and a videoscope gain access to the heart, making surgery possible without opening the chest.

“We are proud to be associated with hospitals like Bangkok Heart Hospital,” said TheraVitae’s Founder, Don Margolis. “They are merging the latest medical technology and surgical techniques to improve the lives of seriously ill heart patients who cannot be treated by conventional means and would otherwise have no hope,” he added.


About VesCell™
VesCell™ uses a patient’s own adult stem cells to treat Heart Disease and is a viable alternative for patients who either cannot undergo or choose not to undergo the standard treatment such as Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG).

VesCell™ uses adult stem cells harvested from approximately ½ pint of the patients own blood to treat several heart conditions. Once harvested, the cells are differentiated and expanded in vitro at TheraVitae’s Labs in Israel. They are ready for implantation in about one week.

VesCell Web Site – http://www.vescell.com
Stem Cell Therapy Blog – http://www.stem-cell-therapy.vescell.com

About TheraVitae
TheraVitae is a private, multinational company focused on using stem cells from the patient’s own blood in order to treat a variety of disorders, especially cardiovascular diseases. The company has developed a proprietary stem cell technology called VesCell™ that is currently being used by hospitals in Thailand to treat patients with heart disease. TheraVitae is based in Bangkok, Thailand, Kiryat Weizmann, Israel, and Hong Kong.

TheraVitae Corporate Web Site – http://www.theravitae.com

About Bangkok Heart Hospital
Bangkok Heart Hospital (BHH) – the first private heart hospital in Thailand – is a leading institution in the treatment of cardiac-related disease using adult stem cells. The hospital is currently using TheraVitae’s VesCell™ adult stem cell product to treat cardiomyopathy in no-option heart patients. Additionally, BHH has initiated a clinical trial using VesCell™ in conjunction with Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery (CABG) to treat congestive heart failure.

BHH is comprised of experienced adult & pediatric cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, cardiac anesthesiologists, cardiac rehabilitation physicians and radiologists who have trained and worked overseas in countries such as the United States, Australia and Japan. Their well-trained and experienced nurses, technicians and paramedical personnel provide 24-hour care for all cardiac conditions.

Bangkok Heart Hospital Web Site – http://www.bangkokheart.com

Author Information:
Jay D. Lenner Jr.
TheraVitae Ltd.

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Grinstead Still Grinning – 2 Years afterwards Adult Stem Cell Therapy

In ALL ARTICLES on March 15, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Grinstead Still Grinning – 2 Years afterwards Adult Stem Cell Therapy

Monday, March 15, 2010 – Seventeen years ago Bob Grinstead, now 71, from Roswell, Georgia, had his first massive heart attack. After a series of grafts he continued working as a salesman for five years until told to retire as he was in and out of hospital having stents inserted – and then having to have them cleaned out.

In 2003 he had another bypass, this time with three grafts and a short while later he needed three medicated stents. After all this he still went on the next year to have four more heart attacks and yet another bypass was proposed. His specialist at Emory University, not surprisingly, told him his heart was not strong enough to undergo further surgery, so he investigated a laser procedure that would have cut away a part of his heart. Declining this offer his family searched for some real help.

A son read about a man who had had his own adult stem cells injected and was now active, so Bob searched to see if he could get on a clinical trial. His fear that if accepted he might end up in a placebo group sent his family scuttling back to the internet and eventually they found Theravitae, an Israeli-Thai company at the forefront of research and development into adult stem cells for heart failure, ischemic heart disease and cardiomyopathy. Bob read about patients’ successful outcomes and came to believe that adult stem cell therapy represented his best chance.

By the end of 2004 Bob was taking a daily tablet of nitro and gobbling up more every time he exerted himself. The least activity proved painful, and to travel, as he did in December of that year, entailed a wheelchair at every airport. In March 2005 he went to Bangkok, still needing an airport wheelchair and entered Chao Phaya Hospital under the care of renowned cardiologist Dr. Suphachai. After a simple blood draw which was flown to Israel to the laboratory for harvesting of the stem cells he needed, he had to wait a few days until the enriched supply of millions of his adult stem cells were reintroduced into his heart by catheter.

His experience of the hospital and care on Bangkok was simply, “Fantastic. The hospital was spotless and I received the most thorough physical examination I had ever had. The nurses, too, were just wonderful.”

Returning home Bob continued with his nitro tablets the first week but despite being more active, walking further and feeling better within four weeks he was experiencing no chest pain at all, so dispensed with his nitro. He continues to improve to this day and notes that his EF (a measure of the heart’s effectiveness at pumping blood) has risen from 30 to 46.

Two years later Bob is feeling great. He does what he wants to do. He can walk for half an hour and use a treadmill. Living without chest pain alone has been fantastic enough for him to volunteer his time to talk to people contemplating receiving adult stem cell therapy and to share his story.

Bob could have sat on his decking and read a book until he died but instead he and his wife have been to London (where they walked everywhere), the British Virgin Islands and he has skippered a 47-foot catamaran for a week. He is so busy traveling around catching up with his family that in the last year he has spent only six months at home.

The cost? “Not a waste for two years of life. I reckon it was a pretty good buy. It’s a far better option than a bypass,” he said.

Theravitae- makers of Vescell have now helped over 200 end-stage heart patients. Their clinical trial results have demonstrated that over 75 percent of heart failure, ischemic heart disease and cardiomyopathy patients can expect to regain a far better quality of life, be more active and pain free. Further clinical trails are planned and recently the company received Thailand’s Board of Investment approval. The future looks bright for being able to claim that most patients not only gain a better quality of life, but a considerably longer life than they might have expected.

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