One of the fastest growing and most exciting fields in medicine today is regenerative medicine. Regenerative medicine is the scientific process of using a patient’s own cells to create living tissue to repair or replace damaged areas of the body, a form of self-healing and cellular engineering.
Since the beginning of regenerative medicine decades ago, several medical therapies in this field, many designed for orthopedic and wound healing, have received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and are now commercially available. The most frequently used forms of regenerative medicine today are stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.
Stem Cell Therapy
The body is composed of hundreds of types of cells, such as skin and blood cells, all with specific functions and characteristics. However, a small number of cells in the body are “blank slates” that can be assigned very specific missions. These are called stem cells and they have the potential to be transformed into a wide variety of particular cell types through scientific processes.
The technique is easy to understand. Tissue, usually fat tissue, is taken from a patient. This tissue contains these “blank slate” cells, called mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs).
The stem cells are separated from the other components of the fat tissue, creating a highly concentrated solution. The resulting material is then injected into the treatment area, such as a knee joint, in the case of arthritis pain. The theory is that these stem cells can transform themselves into actual working tissue, and will bring on the repair of damaged or destroyed cells.
Stem cell therapies are also helping in the treatment of certain cancers, the recovery of burn victims, the healing of many orthopedic conditions, and in elective cosmetic procedures.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)
PRP uses a type of blood cells called platelets, small, disc-shaped cells, involved in clotting and other key functions. Platelets contain growth factors that can also help reduce inflammation and promote cellular growth and healing.
Your doctor begins by taking some of your blood and running it through a centrifuge that concentrates the number of health-promoting platelets in the blood sample. This enriched platelet-rich fluid is then re-injected into the patient’s damaged tissues. The idea is that this “super-enriched plasma” will stimulate healing and regeneration in the affected area.
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