At China RP Integrative Treatment Center, we offer a comprehensive array of both Western and TCM treatments for the patients we serve. There are two driving principals behind our treatments: The first is to increase blood flow and circulation to the retina, which is severely lacking in RP patients and critical for healthy retinal function. The second is to stimulate dormant cells and generate new blood vessels and healthy cells in the retina. Below is a list of treatments provided in our comprehensive package. This entire treatment package is provided to all qualifying patients. Note: Our treatment program spans 10 days. For more details, click here.
Comprehensive Testing: All patients undergo a variety of tests prior to any treatments to determine suitability and safety.
- Blood work
- Urine tests
- Fundus check—Observes the retina, choroid, macular fundus blood vessels and optic nerve
- Visual field
- PVEP—Measures optic nerve function
- Intro Ocular Pressure—Measures eye pressure
Shunt Surgery: This procedure, performed through a small incision above each ear, blocks one of several arteries to the head—resulting in increased blood flow to the optic artery.
Eye Injections at the temporal side: These injections of Chinese herbs are safely inserted through ocular tissue (at both temporal sides) to provide blood flow and circulation in the retina.
Stem Cell Implantation: Millions of MSC stem cells are inserted into the back of the retina to stimulate dormant cells and grow micro blood vessels.
(Optional) Gene Testing and Therapy: Our doctors have recently begun extensive research into genetic therapy, particularly regarding the gene type CYP4V2, the most common in our Chinese patients. While this genetic testing is entirely optional, for an additional 1,000 USD, patients receive a blood test to potentially find the specific broken gene that is causing their RP. If we are able to identify which gene is broken, we will keep this in our records and contact the patient in the future if there are any new breakthroughs regarding their specific gene type. This procedure would occur on either day 8 or 9 in the treatment cycle, depending on the patient. Note: Our gene test is only able to determine which gene is broken in around 60% of patients.
Our treatment cycle schedule is as follows:
Day 1: Arrive at the hospital and rest.
Day 2: Receive testing and vascular surgeries for both sides.
Day 3 moring: Check visual acuity and begin comprehensive TCM treatments and eye injections.
Day 3 afternoon or Day 4: Undergo stem cell implantation surgery.(when exactly to do this procedure is up to patient’s condition. The final schedule will be made by the doctor.)
Day 5 to Day 10: Complete eye injections (9 injections) and recover from surgeries, final testing. For patients who wish to do so, also complete blood test for genetic testing.
Day 11: Discharge from hospital.
The above integrative treatment program is offered to all qualifying first time patients. In some instances, these treatments are not sufficient. For these patients, we will begin to offer a more complex surgery in as early as 2019. Note: This surgery, once available, will only be offered to returning patients, after a minimum of 2 years have passed since their first treatments.
Superior Rectus Choroid Anastomosis Surgery: This surgery, for returning mid- to late stage patients, involves implanting an artery of the superior rectus into the suprachoroidal space. This results in contractions of the choroid, providing continual blood flow and circulation each time a patient blinks or moves their eyes.