How Stem Cells Can Be Used to Treat Disease
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How Stem Cells Are Used In Medicine
Stem Cell Therapy is an advanced, regenerative medical technique used in the treatment or the prevention of diseases or conditions, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Arthritis, or other debilitating illnesses and disorders. It is also used to treat injuries to the hips, knees, feet, ankles, hands, wrists and other areas of the body.
Adipose-Derived Stem Cell Therapy is the most extensively used stem cell treatment method practiced by U.S. medical facilities like NSI Stem Cell Centers in Florida.
What Is the Use Of Stem Cells?
A stem cell is a naturally occurring cell within our bodies. Stem cells are pluripotent (ploo-RIP-uh-tunt), which means they’re “packets of potential” capable of dividing into additional stem cells, as well as turn into whatever cell in the body needs: skin, muscle, bone, tendon, blood, cartilage, brain and more.
Stem cells are used in regenerative medicine as a renewable resource for cell and tissue replacement in treating a growing list of illnesses, injuries and medical conditions. These include macular degeneration, spinal cord injuries, strokes, burns, heart conditions, Diabetes, and various types of arthritis, including rheumatoid and osteo.
When Stem Cells were First Discovered
The scientific community first developed methods for harvesting stem cells in 1981. Since then, an FDA guidelines-compliant stem cell therapy using “adult” stem cells that can be extracted from the patient’s own fat stores has expanded stem cell treatment dramatically.
Where the Stem Cells Come From
Adipose- (or fat-) derived stem cells are found in abundance suspended in the fat stores that lie just below the skin. NSI Stem Cell Centers uses a minimally invasive technique to harvest the adipose stem cells. The sample is usually taken from the fatty tissue that forms around the thighs, abdomen, hips or buttocks.
A small sample is all that is needed for harvesting, and the procedure is done with a local anesthesia. Stem cell therapy as practiced at NSI is done on an outpatient basis, and is a treatment is completed within a few hours.
What Is Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cell therapy treats or prevents an ever-growing list of diseases, disorders, injuries or chronic conditions. Using the innate, multi-use healing capability of stem cells, stem cell treatments are being used to address a wide range of illness and conditions, including:
- Hip, knee, hand, wrist, foot or ankle injuries
- Rheumatoid and osteoarthritis
- Spinal cord injury
- Heart disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Nerve Damage
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Hair Loss
- Signs of Aging
Why Are Stem Cells Important to the Body?
These multi-potent cells are the body’s natural healers and builders. Stem cells are the basic building blocks used by the body to re-grow or repair tissue and restore function. Adipose stem cells are particularly potent as a stem cell treatment source, as well as particularly abundant one.
Which Type of Stem Cell Is Most Useful and Why?
Stem cell treatments using adult stem cells derived from the patient’s own fat stores is quickly outpacing prior types of stem cell therapy. Also called adipose mesenchymal stem cells (AMSCs), these multi-potent cells are not only particularly abundant, they are also particularly potent.
In addition, they also have the added advantage of being easily harvested during a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure that requires no recovery time afterward. Since stem cell therapy methods at NSI Stem Cell Centers are done using the patient’s own stem cells, there is extremely low to no risk of rejection of the stem cell treatment.
What Do Stem Cell Injections Do?
Injection therapies that employ AMSCs are being used to reverse or prevent an impressive array of medical conditions. For example, stem cell therapy can be used to replace cells that have suffered damage caused through chemo therapy, injury or illness. Stem cell treatment can also be used to boost the immune system, and help the body to battles certain cancers, including leukemia.
Why Is It Called A Stem Cell?
Historically, the phrase can be traced to the German word “stammzelle.” It defines a cell that has yet to take on the functions of any particular type of cell. All of the body’s cells, regardless of what they have developed into, start out as stem cells. In other words, all cells “stem” from this original cell state of undifferentiated potential.
What Are The Different Types of Stem Cells?
All adult stem cell types originate in bone marrow before circulating throughout the body over the course of a lifetime. The stem cells are given a designation, according to where the cells are stored or reside within the body. As an example, adipose- (or fat-) derived stem cells are named “adipose” stem cells, or adipose mesenchymal stem cells (AMSCs), because they’re stored within the body’s adipose, or subcutaneous, fat just beneath the skin.
Can Autism Be Cured by Stem Cells?
Stem cell therapy is a valuable advancement in the treatment of autism. A diagnosis of autism means that the areas of the brain responsible for memory regulation, concentration, attention, and speech have been damaged or, possibly, destroyed.
Stem cells have unique capabilities in influencing metabolism and the immune system, and in restoring damaged cells and tissues, including those of the brain. This makes stem cell treatment the very latest in advanced therapies for children and adults suffering from autism.
What Treatment With Stem Cells Are In Use?
The list of illnesses, conditions, injuries and disorders that are being treated with stem cells is growing rapidly. They range from physical injuries, to neurological conditions, to nerve damage, to heart disease, to autoimmune diseases and more. Thousands of people in the U.S. have been treated through stem cell therapy with many more choosing stem cell treatments over conventional medicine every day.
For a complete list of stem cell treatments that are available at NSI Stem Cell Centers, go to the Stem Cell Therapy menu on our website. It’s updated regularly as more stem cell therapies develop.
What Is a Stem Cell Injection?
A stem cell injection is the preferred method used at NSI Stem Cell Centers in stem cell therapy. An injection contains a serum with a high concentration of the patient’s harvested adipose stem cells. NSI’s stem cell injection procedure is compliant with FDA guidelines. The type and severity of the condition being treated with stem cells dictate how many treatments will be needed.
How Much Does It Cost to Get Stem Cells?
Total cost of stem cell therapy is dependent on what condition is being treated and how many stem cell treatments are needed. While there may be out-of-pocket expenses, NSI accepts all major insurances for those services that are covered. Your first consultation at NSI is always free and, once it’s determined what type of regenerative or stem cell treatment is required, NSI will discuss what your insurance covers and what out-of-pocket expenses might be expected. The majority of our patients are pleasantly surprised with the affordability of stem cell therapy.
How Stem Cells Can Be Used In Medicine
Stem cell therapy takes ultimate advantage of the body’s natural ability to repair itself. Among some of stem cells’ most useful attributes are their regenerative qualities, the ability to re-grow tissues, and their anti-inflammatory characteristics. In this way, stem cell treatments do more than simply relieve the pain and debilitating symptoms of an injury or disease. They fully address the core reason for the symptoms in the first place.
Stem cell therapy continues to develop rapidly. Safe, effective stem cell treatment for a broad range of illnesses, conditions, injuries and disorders is already in wide use across the U.S. Research and clinical studies continue to confirm the potential of stem cell treatments in many of the most profound challenges that have previously eluded medical science, such as Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease.
For a complete list of the treatments available at NSI Stem Cell Centers, go to the Stem Cell Therapy menu on our website. It’s updated regularly as more stem cell therapies develop.
What Benefits Does Adipose Stem Cell Therapy Offer?
Adipose stem cell therapy is very safe and effective. Using the patient’s own adipose stem cells means there is no threat of cross-reaction patient rejection.
Adipose stem cells are steroid-free. This means that stem cell therapy treats inflammation through naturally occurring anti-inflammatory agents, like cytokines.
Adipose stem cells also contain hyaluronic acid, a natural product that lubricates cartilage and promotes new cartilage growth. In addition, they have growth factors that stimulate tissue growth.
Are Stem Cell Injections Safe?
Absolutely. To date, over ten thousand stem cell therapy injections worldwide have been performed, and not a single adverse side effect has been reported to be caused by the actual stem cells themselves.
Am I A Candidate for Stem Cell Therapy?
The best way to determine if you’re a good candidate for stem cell therapy is to schedule a consultation at NSI Stem Cell Centers. During your consultation, the type of injury, ailment or chronic condition you wish to be treated for will be thoroughly discussed.
NSI Stem Cell has a FREE brochure to help you learn more about the wide array of best stem cell treatments we already have in practice. Call (877) 278-3623 or click on our Contact Us page.