Understanding Therapy with Bone Marrow Stem Cells
Stem cell therapies have come a long way since the 1970’s and 1980’s. Today the ethical issues of harvesting stem cells have long been resolved through the discovery of several sources of potent stem cell types. Common sources include in the umbilical cord and placenta (post birth), bone marrow, and the fatty layer that lies just beneath everyone’s skin (adipose fat tissue). Of these resources, by far the most commonly accessed in the United States are adipose fat and bone marrow stem cells.
The National Stem Cell Institute (NSI), a leading stem cell clinic in the U.S., has seen the development of these living resources usher in an exciting new age known as regenerative medicine. Because of their potency and new technologies that allow ease of access, stem cells are changing the very face of medicine. In particular, the harvesting of bone marrow stem cells has developed into a procedure that is minimally invasive, far more comfortable than bone marrow harvesting of the past, and able to be complete in just a few hours.
Some Basics About Bone Marrow Stem Cells
Bone marrow is the living tissue found in the center of our bones. Marrow is a soft, sponge-like tissue. There are two types of bone marrow: red marrow and yellow marrow. In adults, red marrow is found mainly in the central skeleton, such as the pelvis, sternum, cranium, ribs, vertebrae, and scapulae. But it is also found in the ends of long bones such as in the arms and legs.
When it comes to bone marrow stem cells, red marrow is what it’s all about. Red marrow holds an abundance of them. Stem cells are a kind of “protocell” that has not yet been assigned an exact physical or neurological function. You can think of them as microscopic packets of potential that stay on high alert for signals telling them where they are needed and what type of cell they need to become.
Bone marrow stem cells are multipotent, which means they have the ability to become virtually any type of tissue cell, including:
- Gray matter
How Bone Marrow Stem Cells are Used in Medicine
Bone marrow stem cells are used in therapies that address a wide array of diseases, disorders, and injuries. It is their multipotency that gives them such versatility in medical procedures. Across the United States, bone marrow stem cells are used in therapies that include:
- Autoimmune Disease
- Back Pain/Injury
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
- Joint Pain/Injury
- Kidney Conditions
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
- Spinal Cord Injury
Bone marrow stem cells are also used as an auxiliary therapy for several types of cancers, such as leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma. According to the American Cancer Society, therapy with bone marrow stem cells help make it possible for patients to receive very high doses of chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy.
Cancer cells divide and multiply far more rapidly than most healthy cells. So chemotherapy and radiation therapy target cells that divide rapidly. But bone marrow cells also divide frequently, which means high-dose cancer treatments do a great deal of damage to the patient’s bone marrow. When that happens, not enough healthy bone marrow remains to produce the blood cells needed to deliver oxygen, combat infection, and stop bleeding.
That’s where infusions of bone marrow stem cells come in.
Therapy with bone marrow stem cells replace those destroyed by treatment. The healthy, transplanted stem cells begin replicating to restore the bone marrow’s innate qualities in producing the blood cells needed to help speed recovery.
The Future of Bone Marrow Stem Cell Therapy
There are impressive, ongoing studies and clinical trials being conducted in the U.S. and across the globe that show enormous promise for treating diseases and disorders that have challenged humanity for centuries. Therapies and treatments using bone marrow stem cells that seem enticingly on the horizon include:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)
- Heart Failure
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
How Bone Marrow Stem Cells are Harvested
Bone marrow stem cell harvesting has come a long way since the original, conventional method of bone marrow biopsy which was an extensive and painful process. Today, an advanced method known as bone marrow aspiration dramatically reduces both the time of harvesting and discomfort that traditionally accompanied bone marrow transplantation. The procedure is minimally invasive and, for the majority of patients, it is virtually painless. It is done on an outpatient basis and is completed in 40 minutes or less.
Bone marrow aspiration is a groundbreaking technique that requires only local anesthesia. Unlike bone marrow transplant procedures, bone marrow aspiration removes no bone. A thin needle withdraws only marrow blood, which is the source of the stem cells. This significantly reduces both the time of the procedure and the discomfort level of the patient.
The procedure renders millions of bone marrow stem cells.
The marrow blood is put through a process known as centrifugation. The centrifuge machine spins so vigorously that the blood separates into individual components. Through this process, the bone marrow stem cells become a potent concentrate.
This powerful stem cell therapy concentrate is administered as an injection straight to the injured or diseased region of the body. Because of the high concentration of cells harvested, bone marrow aspiration allows for the tailoring of specific cellular formulations for individual patients.
The Difference Between a Bone Marrow Biopsy and Bone Marrow Aspiration
Many people get the term bone marrow biopsy confused with bone marrow aspiration. A bone marrow biopsy is a surgical procedure that removes bone along with the marrow within it. It is usually done under general anesthesia. Like all biopsies, a bone marrow biopsy is only used to examine tissue and help determine a diagnosis.
Bone aspiration is a medical process that is the first step required for a treatment or therapy being designed to fight a disease or heal an injury. As mentioned above, bone marrow aspiration is a more advanced method increasingly preferred over conventional bone marrow transplantation.
The more advanced stem cell clinics in the United States now offer bone marrow aspiration alongside other stem cell harvesting procedures such as adipose stem cell harvests. This provides the patient with ever broadening options in determining the right type of stem cell and regenerative therapy is best for them.
Bone Marrow Stem Cells or a Different Source: Which is Best?
Every patient is unique, with the symptoms of any given disease or injury presenting as uniquely as the patient. That’s why a thorough consultation with an experienced physician is the first critical step in determining which stem cell therapy is the best choice for each person.
The doctors and medical staff at the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) have years of experience, extensive training, and certification in the use of bone marrow stem cells, adipose-derived stem cells, and umbilical cord blood stem cells. When you sit down with an NSI doctor you can expect the following:
- You won’t be charged for your first consultation
- You will be encouraged to ask as many questions as you may have
- You will never be rushed through the appointment
- You will never be pressured into a procedure you are unsure of
The above should be among the minimum offered by any legitimate stem cell clinic.
What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic
When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to remember that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for healing that can repair everything from ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to organs including your liver, pancreas and lungs and even neurological tissue like your brain, nerves, and spinal cord.
Unfortunately, the majority of so-called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures and will, therefore, provide poor results if any.
The good news is the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has established the most advanced stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures on the planet which has drawn patients from all over the world as well as professional athletes and celebrities because they are recognized as the best in the world at stem cell therapy.
What makes NSI Stem Cell the top stem cell clinic in the world is demonstrated in 5 key areas:
1. Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on thousands of patients with incredible results.
2. Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.
3. Leading scientific researchers who follow the advanced guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics
4. Use of only the most potent and viable resource of living, viable stem cells and harvested on the same day. No vial that you can purchase will contain living stem cells. If there is no harvest then there are no stem cells.
5. Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare center focused on patient outcomes. Stem cell therapy is only one tool used to help improve patients’ lives.
Patients have raved about their experience at NSI Stem Cell Clinics testifying that it was their unique cutting-edge procedures that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked.
If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics, you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.
* Disclaimer: Individual patient results may vary. As each patient’s problem is different, each treatment must be tailored around your specific needs.