What: Therapeutic Apheresis (blood filtration)
How: Blood is removed from the patient’s arm via a port which is placed by an interventional radiologist and passes through a series of special filters. The filter then removes toxic components that contribute to disease and removes pro-inflammatory proteins. Once the blood is filtered, the blood is then returned back to the patient through the opposite arm, simultaneously as it is being cleaned through the filters. The procedure is similar in function to dialysis.
Therapeutic Apheresis involves the removal of pathological factors such as:
- Immune complexes
- Autoimmune antibodies
- Toxins including insecticides, pesticides, and heavy metals.
The removed components are then evaluated to determine what was removed from the body and a blood test is required before and after treatment.
Many patients report a reduction in brain fog and fatigue in the first week or so after the treatment and continue to improve as time passes.
Who: Chronic infection (Chronic Lyme and Chronic Lyme-like Infections), MS, ALS, Alzheimer’s, Guillain-Barre, Myasthenia Gravis, and hyperlipidemia patients. Cancer patients may also benefit. In 2019 we will also be offering apheresis for children with Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS).
When: The required number of treatments will be determined by Dr. Kotsanis during the initial evaluation. It is recommended that patients repeat the apheresis procedure once per year, or more frequently, due to the continued exposure of environmental toxins.
What makes us different: While some overseas clinics offer therapeutic apheresis, their treatment protocols can run up to $50,000, which does not include the expenses of traveling, taking time off work, and other related costs. Our treatment combines the apheresis technology along with advice and guidance from our Registered Dietician on proper nutrition as well as a personalized approach to your specific situation. We are centrally located in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, approximately 10 minutes from the DFW International Airport. We have agreements with several local hotels as well as select Airbnb homes, graciously rented by some of our patients. If needed, we can assist with planning for these accommodations. They offer reduced medical rates for our patients.
We also offer:
- Nutritional IVs
- Oxidative therapy
- Advanced diagnostic tools
- Detoxification therapy
- Chelation for heavy metal toxicity
- Ultraviolet blood irradiation with or without ozone
- Personalized treatment plans
- Alternative cancer treatment
- Allergy testing and treatment (LDA)
- Nutrition consultations
- Drug-free pain relief
- Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy for pain
- Stem cells injected into damaged tissue with or without platelet-rich plasma
- Pharmaceutical grade nutritional supplements
- Hormone balancing therapies