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What Is Regenerative Medicine?

cellsAt Innovations Stem Cell Center, we naturally talk a lot about the uses and benefits of adipose fat stem cell therapy. We also talk about things like platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, and its uses and benefits. These are things that we are passionate about – not only because we regularly see the benefits of these therapies in our patients, but because we are really excited about potential additional treatments using stem cells. We want you to be excited about stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine, too! Dr. Johnson is always on the cutting edge of stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine research and technology and takes a moment to explain what regenerative medicine is in this blog.

What is regenerative medicine?

Regenerative medicine is an area of medicine concerned with the body’s ability to heal itself. Regenerative medicine goes beyond the healing process of minor cuts and scrapes but instead looks at the bigger picture of healing things like tissues and organs that have been impacted by disease or injury. Regenerative medicine is not a new theory in medical treatment. It actually has been around for decades, and early treatments including procedures like bone marrow transplants, but has recently been gaining traction and notoriety with advances in science, specifically in the area of stem cell treatments and research.

Regenerative medicine uses the body’s own stem cells or tissues to repair damage caused by injury or illness. Treatments can include cord blood infusions, platelet-rich plasma, adipose fat stem cell therapy, and fat grafting procedures. Other successes in regenerative medicine have used certain proteins of the body to regenerate both skin and bone.

Why regenerative medicine?

Because regenerative medicine uses the body’s own cells or tissues, there is no chance of rejection or negative side effects. This is unlike other therapies that may use organs or tissue from other people or artificially made tissues that may cause rejection. Regenerative medicine therapies can be used to treat a wide range of conditions including spinal cord injuries, lung diseases like COPD, and much, much more. Also, regenerative medicine treatments like PRP can be used to speed up the healing process after surgical procedures. Stem cell therapies can be used to improve things like skin quality and reduce the signs of aging. Many additional benefits and applications are being discovered each and every day.

How is regenerative medicine different than mainstream medicine?

Mainstream medical treatments often treat symptoms of medical conditions and diseases, and rarely are able to treat the root cause of many diseases or genetic conditions. For example, mainstream medicine can treat a Parkinson’s disease patient’s tremors by using anti-tremor medications, but cannot stop the disease itself. While managing symptoms can bring patients some relief, it's not the same as healing the patient.

The goal of regenerative medicine is to treat conditions that have become permanently damaged and to offer hope for patients who have been told that their condition has no cure. One such condition is multiple sclerosis, a disease that manifests in patients in numerous ways and has many wildly different effects on the body. Regenerative medical science is working to develop a treatment that can treat the condition at its root cause - thus improving and saving the lives of many patients.

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