ABOUT STEM CELL THERAPY
STEM CELL THERAPY
Stem cell therapy has significantly improved since it was first introduced. Nowadays, innovative techniques and advanced equipment allow for a quick procedure. In fact, stem cell therapy can be used at the site of injury to improve movement, flexibility, and reduce pain.
There are several types of stem cells. The most common type is hematopoietic. Mesenchymal Stem Cell (MSC) is involved in tissue repair. These cells are sent through the blood stream to the point of injury.
However, areas of hypoxia or low oxygen result if there is an inadequate blood supply around the injured area. In addition to blood loss, this can also occur when there is an injury to the joints, tendons, or meniscus tissue. Oxygen-deprived areas may not heal by themselves because they are lacking in repair cells. Symptoms of hypoxia include headaches, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea, palpitations, confusion, memory loss, and elevated blood pressure.
If the damage is not severe, platelet rich plasma can be used to repair the injury. The plasma imitates the blood supply in the platelets, allowing them to sense the injury and release growth factor. This process helps the body to signal the deployment of stem cells to the injured area.
WHERE ARE STEM CELLS FOUND?
Hematopoietic Stem Cells are found in the blood and marrow which produce red and white blood cells. This type of stem cell can be used in plasticity, in which stem cells are turned into another type of stem cell. For instance, a stem cell that produces blood cells can be transformed into a stem cell that produces tissue.
Mesenchymal Stem Cells are found in several different places, such as bone marrow, blood, and fat cells. This type of stem cell is used in our orthopedic procedures to repair and replace damaged tissue. However, these stem cells disappear from the bone marrow with age. Fortunately, the amount of fat mesenchymal stem cells and hematopoietic stem cells remain constant. Protein rich plasma (PRP) increases the quantity and function of these cells.
WHY ARE FAT CELLS USED?
Mesenchymal fat calls increase the amount of bone marrow originated from mesenchymal stem cells. In fact, fat cells used in surgery may cause fat cells to be transferred to the surrounding tissue.
For moderate to severe injuries, platelets are used in the process to direct the stem cells to repair the damage.
This process is performed in office under local anesthesia. Dr. Gershon has performed over 100 minimally-invasive liposuction procedures.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING STEM CELL THERAPY?
This process can take a few months from start to finish, usually between 2-3 months. An injection of PRP is performed on the injured area 4-6 weeks later if necessary.
HOW IS ASPEN INSTITUTE DIFFERENT?
We use cutting-edge technology for our PRP and mesenchymal stem cell procedures which is a great alternative to surgery—and does not present the same complications when embryonic stem cells are used. We also have a board-certified sports medicine physician on our team. Schedule your free consultation today!