The field of medicine is always advancing and evolving, especially as new technology emerges. One such advancement is regenerative medicine, which provides patients suffering from a wide range of conditions the chance to be pain-free without the need for invasive methods, such as surgery.
Regenerative therapy is making new advancements all the time, which is why the topic has been on the news as of recent. If you’ve been wondering what regenerative therapy is, here’s some basic information on what it is, how it works and its procedure:
What Exactly Is Regenerative Material?
Regenerative Medicine basically uses the building materials in your own body. They are cells in which other cells with specialized functions are created. In your body, this regenerative material divides and creates specialized cells like brain cells, lung cells, heart muscle cells, and so on. These newly divided cells are called daughter cells and no other bodily cells have the natural ability to create new cell types like this.
There has always been such a high interest in regenerative medicine given their unique abilities. Doctors and researchers have been studying these cells so that they can better understand how some diseases happen and how can replace dead cells. When healthy cells replace diseased cells in the body, it can generate healing and has the potential to cure diseases.
What is Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative medicine is used to repair damaged, diseased or dysfunctional tissue. The regenerative cells are injected into the injured tissue area with the hopes that they will repair the dead cells and divide to create new ones, thus lessening pain and discomfort for the patient.
The cells that are used can either come from cells grown in a lab or from the patient themselves. Once implanted into the patient, the cells could help repair the defective tissues in the damaged area. Much research is currently being done regarding regenerative therapy and researchers have shown that adult bone marrow cells can repair heart tissues in some patients.
Regenerative Therapy Procedure
Although regenerative cell therapy sounds complicated, the procedure isn’t as difficult as many think. Your medical provider will explain the procedure more in-depth and answer all of your questions. The procedure is done in one day and takes anywhere from two to three hours. You’ll be able to go home right after and there’s not much post-op care needed.
First, regenerative cells will be taken from bone marrow in your pelvic bone. The medical professional will use a specialized needle and syringe to extract the bone marrow. The regenerative material inside your bone marrow will then be sent to the lab where it was being placed in a centrifuge machine to separate the blood cells from the regenerative material.
Once that’s done, the regenerative cells will then be administered back into your body via the area where the damaged tissue, joint, tendon or ligament is. While the procedure does involve needles, the medical professional will use a local anesthetic to help ease the discomfort.
Right after the procedure, you’ll be sent home and can even return to work and normal daily activities the next day.
However, you’ll be instructed to take it easy for a few weeks, including no load-bearing exercises for at least two weeks after you’ve undergone regenerative therapy. You can expect to feel better about three weeks after the therapy.
Once you do feel improvement, you’ll notice a continuous improvement in the area for up to six months. Clinical studies have shown that when regenerative therapy is effective, the results can last for several years.
The side effects of regenerative cell therapy are very minimal, with the only real concern in an injection at the injection site (which is very rare). Your body won’t reject the cells injected into the damaged or injured area since the cells come from your own body and they’re used right away. The main reason this form of therapy is sought after – it has very little side effects.
Thanks to advanced technology in medicine, regenerative therapy is an easy and quick alternative to surgery. If you don’t want to have to deal with pre-and post-ops, the pain that comes with surgery and the trouble of having to recovery after surgery, then this form of therapy could be a great option for you. Using your own regenerative material, this therapy option can treat minor to moderation conditions where surgery is usually the primary option.
Because it’s effective and non-invasive, regenerative cell therapy will only become more popular as the field of regenerative medicine advances even more. If you’re interested in regenerative therapy and want to know if it’s the best option for your condition, give Stem Cell and Pain Management Center of Irvine a call at (949) 531-7070 to schedule a consultation today!