Safe & Effective Healing With Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy is becoming a widely-used method of treatment for a variety of conditions ranging from musculoskeletal issues to heart disease. While stem cells can be a powerful tool in fighting pain and disease, how can you be certain that the procedure is safe and effective?
Begin by understanding how stem cell therapy works and the regulations that surround regenerative medicine.
What Is Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cell therapy is the treatment of painful conditions and disease by injecting harvested stem cells directly into the site of injury. These cells have the potential to develop into other types of cells that are necessary for healing and repairing damaged tissue in the area injected.
For this reason, stem cell therapy is referred to as regenerative medicine. Regenerative medicine makes use of multipotent and pluripotent stem cells.
Multipotent stem cells, such as adult mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), have the ability to change into certain types of tissue-forming cells. This often depends upon the environment into which the MSCs are placed.
Pluripotent stem cells can develop into any sort of cell that exists in the human body. We do not use pluripotent stem cells as they are more dangerous than mesenchymal cells and also because of ethical concerns with the harvest of these.
Stem cells can be found in embryos, bone marrow, fat tissue, amniotic fluid, and blood from the umbilical cord. While stem cells gathered from embryos are considered controversial and unethical, adult stem cells from fat tissue and bone marrow are widely accepted in stem cell therapy. In our clinic, we only use stem cells gathered directly from the adult patient. In other words, we never use embryonic cells.
Why Is Stem Cell Therapy Safe and Effective?
Stem cell therapy is a promising new alternative to surgical intervention. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that stem cell therapy meet their defined guidelines of approval for use and marketing. Equipment, anesthesia, and sometimes practice settings must be cleared by the FDA or registered with the FDA.
Adult mesenchymal stem cells are multipotent and are gathered from the bone marrow of the patient seeking treatment. Bone marrow is taken from their heel, hip, or leg. By taking marrow directly from the host, this helps to ensure a safe treatment without adverse reactions, rejection, or side effects. The bone marrow concentrate is then prepared in a sterile setting using a centrifuge to separate the cells from the marrow before being injected into the injury. These cells are minimally manipulated and thus are allowed by the FDA.
Mesenchymal cells derived from adipose tissue (fat cells) are more than minimally manipulated and the FDA issues warning letters against this type of practice. Different enzymes and chemicals are added to the fat before centrifugation and this violates the rules and practices considered acceptable.
Though experiences can vary from patient to patient, recovery from a regenerative procedure using bone-marrow-derived-MSCs is traditionally easy. Patients can typically return to work the following day. Results can be felt as early as 6-8 weeks and can last for several years.
Warner Orthopedics On Stem Cell Therapy
At Warner Orthopedics & Wellness, we utilize adult mesenchymal stem cells for the treatment of painful orthopedic and rheumatic conditions – never cells from embryos. Stem cell therapy is simple and can be performed in a same-day, in-office procedure or in a surgery center.
We can help you determine if stem cell therapy is the right form of treatment for you. Contact us today to learn more about stem cell therapy or to schedule an appointment.