What is regenerative medicine?
Regenerative medicine is a method of harnessing your body’s own natural healing properties to overcome disease and help you live your best life. Regenerative medicine can help the body repair, replace, and re-engineer damaged cells, tissues, and organs. Stem cells are a therapeutic area in the field of regenerative medicine.
What are stem cells?
Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that can become other types of cells in an ailing body part. Stem cells have the ability to multiply and turn into different types of tissues in the body. They have the potential to repair, restore, replace, and regenerate ailing cells.
What do stem cells do in my body?
Stem cells may functionally change into any cell in your body. These adult stem cells are known as progenitor cells. This means they do nothing unless they witness some level of tissue injury, which activates them. If a person has a degenerative problem, the stem cells tend to go to that area and stimulate the healing process.
Where do stem cells come from?
Stem cells are present in every tissue in our bodies. Stem cells may be isolated from several locations including adult tissues (bone marrow, adipose tissue [fat], brain, and other tissues), the blastocyst, fetal tissue, and umbilical cord blood/tissue.
At Vidaful, we primarily use three types of stem cells to treat our patients:
- Adipose tissue (fat) – Patients have their fat (usually abdominal) harvested in our special sterile treatment facility under a local anesthetic. Specially designed equipment is used to harvest the fat cells and less than 100cc of fat is required. The fat removal procedure lasts approximately twenty minutes. Post-operative discomfort is minimal, and there is minimal restriction on activity.
- Bone marrow – Adult stem cells can be extracted from bone marrow by aspiration, typically from the superior iliac crest or the sternum.
- Frozen – Frozen stem cells are derived from umbilical cord blood. They are sourced from safe, reliable hospitals. Mothers expecting normal, healthy births are invited to donate the resulting umbilical cord blood. This tissue was once disposed of as waste, but is now considered to be an excellent source of high-quality stem cells. With the mother’s informed consent, the umbilical cord is clamped off when the baby is born to preserve the blood in the cord. The blood is then extracted from the cord and converted into stem cells for therapeutic use.
Who can potentially benefit from trying stem cells?
Stem cell therapy has proven to be effective for tissue restoration and an integrated care option for incurable and chronic diseases. Depending on your age and the location, one type of stem cell therapy may be better for you than another, or you may qualify for a combination of stem cell therapies.
While the standard of care for stem cell use is currently being developed, it is clear that not everyone is right for stem cells. To determine if stem cells are right for you, call one of our physicians at Vidaful. Be prepared to provide details of your medical history so that our health care team can give you the best advice. We only accept patients that we believe will be helped by our treatment.
There is potential for stem cells to treat many conditions:
- Heart disease
- Vascular disease
- Autoimmune disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Crohn’s disease
- Nerve regeneration
- Orthopedic repair
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Wound healing
- Burn healing
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Vidaful offers advanced methods of stem cell treatment for different diseases and conditions. Vidaful’s stem cell surgical procedures fall under the category of physician’s practice of medicine, wherein the physician and patient are free to consider their chosen course of treatment. The FDA has guidelines about treatment and manipulation of a patient’s own tissues. We meet these guidelines by providing same day treatment with the patient’s own cells that undergo no manipulation and are inserted during the same procedure.
At Vidaful, we have built our stem cell therapies around a tradition of research and excellence. We deliver treatments to our patients with the highest possible standards of ethics, safety, and care.
To learn more, contact a Vidaful Physician today, or attend an upcoming Vidaful Presentation to learn more about whether you may be a candidate for stem cell therapy.
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