Stem cells are the body’s raw materials — cells from which all other cells with specialized functions are generated. Under the right conditions in the body or a laboratory, stem cells divide to form more cells called daughter cells.
These daughter cells either become new stem cells (self-renewal) or become specialized cells (differentiation) with a more specific function, such as blood cells, brain cells, heart muscle cells or bone cells. No other cell in the body has the natural ability to generate new cell types.
What makes stem cells a unique tool for medical treatment is that they’re already an essential part of every one of us.
Why is there such an interest in stem cells?
Stem Cells increase understanding of how diseases occur. By watching stem cells mature into cells in bones, heart muscle, nerves, and other organs and tissue, researchers and doctors may better understand how diseases and conditions develop.
They Generate healthy cells to replace diseased cells (regenerative medicine). Stem cells can be guided into becoming specific cells that can be used to regenerate and repair diseased or damaged tissues in people.
In many body tissues, stem cells serve as an internal repair system. Stem cells can replace some body cells that are lost or damaged by injury or disease. For example, when patients undergo chemotherapy for cancer, stem cells in their bone marrow can be removed before chemo and then replaced afterward. These stem cells then start to produce healthy new cells. This helps speed recovery.
What Is Regenerative Medicine?
Stem cell therapy is one aspect of regenerative medicine. This medical field involves the study and use of self-healing and tissue engineering, which aims to develop biological substitutes that restore, maintain or improve the functions of human tissue.
We’re constantly learning more about the potential of regenerative medicine.
People who might benefit from stem cell therapies include those with spinal cord injuries, type 1 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, stroke, burns, cancer and osteoarthritis.
The Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy
- Avoid surgery and its many complications and risks. Stem cell therapy is a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure.
- Minimal post-procedural recovery time. One of the most time consuming factors of any injury is not always the treatment itself, but actually the recovery time. With stem cell therapy, recovery time is minimal.
- No use of general anesthesia
- No risk of rejection. Due to using biologics extracted from the patient, there is no risk of rejection.
- No communicable disease transmission. As the cells originate within your own body, there is no risk of spreading disease from or to another person.
Safety of Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy is safe. When referring to stem cells, we are using a patient’s own cells. There is always a risk of infection when injecting a joint or tissue, but this is extremely rare.
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