What is Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative medicine is a type of regenerative cell therapy that allows damaged cells to be replaced by new, undamaged cells. This type of medicine is ideal in those cases where an individual has experienced tissue or organ damage due to congenital issues, certain diseases, and physical trauma to the affected site. Compared to the usual clinical method of focusing on treating the symptoms, rather than the source, regenerative medicine has been engineered to heal through the source of the issue.
There are a number of regenerative cell therapy types being used in certain hospitals to date and each have their own purpose in modern medical practice. These cell therapies include therapy involving stem cells, amniotic stem cells, PRP injections, and tissue engineering. Depending on the individual’s situation, one or a combination of these cell therapies may be used during treatment.
Some confusion exists towards the difference between general stem cell use and amniotic stem cells. Amniotic stem cells are similar to stem cells but where they are harvested from donors. Amniotic stem cells come from human amniotic membrane, which includes key properties that are shared with general stem cells. These similarities make them closely related, such as possessing the ability to distinguish into differing types of cells and low immune reactivity. Due to this parallel, amniotic membranes are used in a wide variety of treatments for nearly as many conditions that general stem cells might be used for. As an example of the effectiveness of amniotic stem cells, animal testing has shown that such membranes can enhance healing in damaged tendons and connectivity issues of a similar nature.
With such tremendous advancements found so far in regenerative medicines, the benefits can in some cases outweigh the cons when choosing cell therapy over more traditional methods of medical treatment. One of the benefits is that cells can be harvested from your own tissue in many cases, which means there will be no question of compatibility or the possibility of a systemic reaction from the body rejecting the relocated cells. Convenience is another pro to consider, due to the simplicity of many of these procedures. Oftentimes, it can be much less invasive than modern medicine treatments.
While it’s always good to look at all of your options, regenerative therapies are so diverse in their healing abilities that many difficult conditions can be treated much easier with cell therapy than with any other method available on the market. There even exist certain chronic conditions that cell therapy can go a long way to reverse or in the least slow down or ease with its implementation.
There is more and more positive research surfacing with each passing year. Preliminary studies on cell therapy has already shown much promise. If you or someone you know would like to find out if they are a good candidate for regenerative cell therapy, check in with Dr. Munir who can help go over the necessary requirements for candidacy. Whether or not you are a good fit will depend on certain, specific factors.
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