WHAT IS REGEN. MED.?

Regen. Med. is the process of creating living, functional tissues to repair or replace tissue or organ function lost due to damage, or congenital defects. This field holds the promise of regenerating damaged tissues and organs in the body by stimulating previously irreparable organs to heal themselves. (Wikipedia)

WHAT ARE THE TOOLS OF REGEN. MED.?

Traditionally, we have used various medications and hormones to limit disease and help the body repair itself. For example, hormone replacement therapy has, in many cases, shown the ability to more optimally help the immune sy and thus help us repair diseased or injured tissues. Genetic research is an evolving area where we will eventually learn and utilize more ways of specifically dealing with gene defects causing degenerative disease. is another rapidly evolving and exciting area that has already shown considerable promise in treating many degenerative conditions.

WHAT IS A ?

A is basically any that can replicate and differentiate. This means the can not only multiply, but it can also turn into different types of tissues. There are different kinds of s. Most people are familiar with or have heard the term “embryonic .” These are s from the embryonic stage that have yet to differentiate – as such, they can change into any body part at all. These are then called “pluri-potential” s. Because they are taken from unborn or unwanted embryos, there has been considerable controversy surrounding their use. Also, while they have been used in some areas of medicine – particularly, outside the United States – they have also been associated with occasional tumor (teratoma) formations. There is work being conducted by several companies to isolate particular lines of embryonic s for future use.

Another kind of is the “adult .” This is a that already resides in one’s body within different tissues. In recent times, much work has been done isolating bone-marrow derived s. These are also known as “mesenchymal s” because they come from the mesodermal section of your body. They can differentiate into bone and cartilage, and probably all other mesodermal elements, such as fat, connective tissue, blood vessels, muscle and nerve tissue. Bone marrow s can be extracted and because they are low in numbers, they are usually cultured in order to multiply their numbers for future use. As it turns out, fat is also loaded with mesenchymal s. In fact, it has hundreds if not thousands of times more s compared to bone marrow. Today, we actually have tools that allow us to separate the s from fat. Because most people have adequate fat supplies and the numbers of s are so great, there is no need to culture the s over a period of days and they can be used right away.

WHAT DISEASES AND PROBLEMS CAN BE TREATED?

This will depend on the type of degenerative condition you have. A specialist will evaluate you and discuss whether you’re a potential candidate for . If after you’ve been recommended for treatment, had an opportunity to understand the potential risks and benefits, and decided on your own that you would like to explore this avenue of treatment, then you can be considered for treatment. Of course, even though it’s a minimally invasive procedure, you will still need to be medically cleared for the procedure.

IS OUR PROCEDURE FDA-APPROVED?

This will depend on the type of degenerative condition you have. A specialist will evaluate you and discuss whether you’re a potential candidate for . If after you’ve been recommended for treatment, had an opportunity to understand the potential risks and benefits, and decided on your own that you would like to explore this avenue of treatment, then you can be considered for treatment. Of course, even though it’s a minimally invasive procedure, you will still need to be medically cleared for the procedure.

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