About Our Regenerative Abilities
What Is Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative medicine is a "process of replacing, engineering or regenerating human cells, tissues or organs to restore or establish normal function". This field holds the promise of engineering damaged tissues and organs by stimulating the body's own repair mechanisms to functionally heal previously irreparable tissues or organs.
Regenerative medicine also includes the possibility of growing tissues and organs in the laboratory and implanting them when the body cannot heal itself. If a regenerated organ's cells would be derived from the patient's own tissue or cells, this would potentially solve the problem of the shortage of organs available for donation, and the problem of organ transplant rejection.
Where Do Stem Cells Come From?
Stem cells exist in all adults with the most common sites of origin being bone marrow and fat (or adipose tissue). Stem cells are unique cells in our body which have the ability to become many different types of cells. For example, mesenchymal stem cells can become bone, muscle, and cartilage. They are the body’s natural repair mechanism when we sustain injuries or develop wear and tear of our joints, such as in arthritis. Our body stores stem cells in our bone marrow, fat, and organs, and calls them into action when needed. When we sustain an injury, the injured area releases chemicals which send signals to the stem cells to start the repair process. This is how we heal. As we age our body still has plenty of stored stem cells, but may not be able to mobilize them effectively to treat an injured area. This is especially true of areas with restricted blood flow – such as joints.
Dr. Escobar has administered this type of therapy for
the management of chronic pain in shoulders, hips,
knees, and spine as well as soft tissue such as muscles,
tendons and ligaments.
Dr. Escobar has administered this type of therapy for the management of chronic pain in shoulders, hips, knees, and spine as well as soft tissue such as muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Where Are Stem Cells Found?
Stem cells can be found in just about any area of our body, however they are most abundant in our bone marrow and fat tissue. These stem cell “storage areas” provide a ready source which can be harvested in a simple and safe fashion.
How Are Stem Cells Processed And Administered?
The richest sources of adult stem cells are found in the bone marrow and fat (or adipose tissue). The doctor harvests your own stem cells and platelet rich plasma that is then processed in our own laboratory where the cells are separated by a special centrifugation. The isolated cells are then reinjected at the precise injured area under direct visualization via fluoroscopy and or ultrasonography.
How Can Stem Cells Help Joints Heal?
Stem cells can help repair injured or degenerated tissues in our body. For instance, as cartilage in our joints degenerates and causes orthopedic problems, stem cells have the ability to regenerate cartilage, lessening pain and improving function.
How Can Stem Cells be Used?
Doctors can use simple, minimally invasive outpatient procedures to transfer stem cells from a patient’s body’s storage sites to areas where they are needed. Stem cells can be safely removed from the body’s bone marrow, blood, and fat tissue and delivered to injured or degenerated areas of the body.
How Quickly Do Stem Cells Start to Work ?
While stem cells begin the repair process immediately, it may take weeks or months before patients may notice an improvement in their symptoms.
Is Rejection Of The Stem Cell A Possibility? Am I A
Good Candidate For Stem Cell Procedure?
Is Rejection Of The Stem Cell A Possibility? Am I A Good Candidate For Stem Cell Procedure?
Rejection is highly unlikely since the cells are
obtained from you own body. The ideal candidate
for a stem cell procedure is one who wants to use their
body's own regenerative potential as an option to possibly
delay or avoid invasive surgery.
Rejection is highly unlikely since the cells are obtained from you own body.
The ideal candidate for a stem cell procedure is one who wants to use their body's own regenerative potential as an option to possibly delay or avoid invasive surgery.