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FAQs on Regenerative Medicine

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Regenerative medicine involves therapy with autologous regenerative cells that allow the body to heal itself. This therapy uses the body’s own regenerative abilities and allows cells to be harvested from adipose (fat) tissue or bone marrow. With increased degradation or loss of regenerative ability, the injection of stem cells can restore balance after a loss of regenerative ability.

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern” css_animation=””][vc_column][vc_accordion active_tab=”1″ style=”boxed_toggle”][vc_accordion_tab title=”What are regenerative cells?” title_tag=”h3″][vc_column_text]Regenerative cells are present in the human body, throughout life. These cells contain stem cells, which have an anti-inflammatory effect and stimulate tissue regeneration. Stem cells are considered as “source cells,” which are located in all organs and in and around blood vessels. Regenerative cells have the unique ability to develop into all cell types, so they can replace damaged tissue. The two main types of regenerative cells are adult stem cells and embryonic stem cells.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”How are adult stem cells different from embryonic stem cells?”][vc_column_text]Adult stem cells are found throughout the body. These cells serve in their direct environment to maintain the delicate balance of organ regeneration and cell death. Adult stem cells are used for many types of regenerative medicine. Embryonic stem cells appear during the embryo’s development. Therapy using these cells have many ethical issues and have never been used at R3 Centers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”What methods of regenerative therapies are used?”][vc_column_text]Stem cell therapies at R3 Centers include various methods such as amniotic, umbilical cord tissue, bone marrow and adipose. Also PRP therapy is often used, which is not an actual stem cell therapy. Cancer is not treated with stem cell therapy at R3. Over 90% of patients undergo regenerative therapies with the donated tissue from women who are undergoing a scheduled c-section. The babies are fine and no embryonic stem cells are used.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”What are the effects of regenerative cell therapy?”][vc_column_text]Regenerative cells have the ability to:

  • Provide cell renewal – Stem cells can develop into many cell types. This means articular cartilage damage, tendon tears, and other wounds can be treated by injecting stem cells.
  • Offer anti-inflammatory effects – According to clinical studies, stem cells have a beneficial anti-inflammatory effect. This means they can be used for many spine and joint degenerative diseases, where the pain is related to an inflammation process.
  • Produce cell rescue – Several scientific reports show the anti-apoptotic effects of stem cells. These cells interrupt the process of cell death to ensure individual cells survive that would have died off in other situations.
  • Immunomodulation – These cells can be used to treat several autoimmune disorders, such as Crohn’s disease and multiple sclerosis.
  • Form new blood vessels – To heal body structures, there must be adequate blood supply. Stem cells have the ability to regenerate blood vessels.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”What medical diseases and conditions are treated using regenerative medicine?”][vc_column_text]Stem cell therapy is use for may medical conditions. These include:

  • Cartilage wear-and-tear – Stem cell therapy can treat osteoarthritis, which involves damaged joints and wearing away of joint cartilage. Because of the anti-inflammatory effects, joint structures benefit from regenerative cell injections.
  • Tendon damage – Tendinopathies improve after the injection of stem cells, including Tennis elbow, Achilles tendonitis, and rotator cuff tendon tears.
  • Autoimmune conditions – e.g. RA, Lupus, Psoriasis, Lyme
  • Neurodegenerative – ALS, MS, neuropathy, post-stroke
  • Organ Failure – COPD, Heart, Kidney

[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”How long do the effects of regenerative cells last?”][vc_column_text]Regenerative cell therapy is a new field of medicine. Our treatments have shown effects often lasting years, however, for severe organ damage or neurological issues, it may last less than a year.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Resources”][vc_column_text]Helmy KY, Patel SA, Silverio K, et al. (2010). Stem cells and regenerative medicine: accomplishments to date and future promise. Ther Deliv, 1(5), 693-705.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][/vc_accordion][vc_separator type=”transparent” up=”20″ down=”20″][/vc_column][/vc_row]