What Are Stem Cells?

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Stem Cells are unspecialized cells that have the ability to replenish themselves through cell division after long periods of inactivity. These cells have the ability to develop into many different types of cells during early life and growth, and can be induced to become specialized tissue or organ specific cells. They are present in many tissues in the body and divide limitlessly to replenish other types of cells or replace damaged ones, as long as the person is still alive.

If you or a loved one is suffering from a serious disease or injury, you may be a good candidate for Regenerative Medicine Therapy through the use of stem cells.

What Is Regenerative Medicine (Stem Cell Therapy)?

Regenerative Medicine also known as Stem Cell Therapy or Tissue Engineering is the use of a combination of cells, engineering and material methods, and suitable biochemical and chemical factors to improve or replace biological functions. Key functions include repairing or replacing tissues (e.g. bone, cartilage, blood vessels and skin).

How Does It Work?

Regenerative Medicine is the advanced application of organ transplantation wherein it uses cells instead of donor organs, the latter being harder to acquire and in limited supply. The stem cells used are grown in a lab. These stem cells are manipulated to specialize into specific types of cells, such as bone muscle cells, blood cells or nerve cells. The specialized cells can then be implanted into a person to repair defective tissue or organs. As of today, commercial cell therapy products are available for prostate cancer and skin, wound, bone and cartilage repair.

Am I A Good Candidate For Regenerative Medicine?

Regenerative Medicine has the potential to regenerate cartilage, repair tendons and ligaments, repair bone defects, repair immunomodulatory and immunosuppressive effects on the immune system, lung tissue regeneration, while increasing and improving vascular supply to different bodily regions.

The best candidates for regenerative therapies include patients who are suffering arthritic, autoimmune, pulmonary, neurologic, reproductive and wound related diseases.

What Should Patients Expect After Regenerative Medicine Therapy?

The observable regeneration of the joint tissue and cartilage is usually experienced within 3 weeks. Most of our patients report feeling more comfortable and experiencing a great reduction in pain while at the same time improving their bodily movement within 4-6 weeks after treatment. Many of our patients report total pain elimination within 10-12 weeks. Within 3-5 days after the procedure, our patients can return to work and resume their normal daily activities.

However we always advise our patients to avoid stressful activities or strenuous exercises for at least six weeks. Returning to stressful activity before the end of six weeks may result in the delay or incomplete healing of the treated tissue.

Is Regenerative Medicine Safe?

Yes. Regenerative Medicine and PRP Therapy is backed by numerous research studies and has been used for more than a decade in surgical and orthopedic procedures. In fact, by using a patient’s own stem cells, there is little risk of transmissible infections, side effects, or allergic reactions.

How Many Treatments Are Required?

We assess the unique needs of each individual patient and prescribe a customized treatment plan upon the first visit. Depending on your needs, this can either be a mix of PRP Therapy, Extracellular Fiber Matrix and other Stem Cell Treatments which all work together to begin the regenerative process.

Most patients need only one treatment but a follow-up of a pure PRP injection may be recommended. A pure PRP injection acts as a “booster shot” to stimulate continual stem cell growth and to guarantee the regenerative properties of your treatment plan.