Adipose treatment is a procedure in which stem cells are derived from a section of the abdomen then used for therapeutic purposes. Adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) are less invasive to extract compared to cells derived from other sources, such as bone marrow. In therapeutic applications, adding platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to ADSCs has been shown to have benefits.
What is PRP?
PRP therapy is the process by which a small sample of blood is removed from the patient. The platelets are then separated from other components of the blood via a centrifuge. The isolated platelets are shown to have high levels of diverse growth factors.
Why Are Growth Factors Important?
ADSCs are shown to have reduced proliferative potential. While they do secrete a wide range of growth factors, PRP therapy is coupled with stem cell therapy to maximize their regenerative medicine potential benefits by helping to increase their proliferation and differentiation. PRP essentially empowers the ADSCs, stimulating cell proliferation and cell differentiation when used for regenerative applications.
Which Applications Can the Therapy Be Used for?
Researchers have stated that the therapeutic potential of ADSCs is “enormous,” but by kickstarting the stem cells with PRP, it’s possible that the therapy will unlock even further medicinal possibilities. Anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic effects have been demonstrated by ADSCs, and there are many clinical trials which have either been completed or are ongoing to explore the treatment’s effects. Skeletal repair, soft tissue generation, and immune disorders such as Crohn’s disease and multiple sclerosis are just some of the therapeutic targets for this treatment. In specific, using ADSCs with PRP has been shown to aid periodontal tissue engineering, tendon repair, wound healing, and even bone regrowth.
Because the ADSCs are fairly easy to source and blood samples required for PRP are also simple to acquire, combining PRP to adipose stem cell therapy shows promise for delivering a powerful treatment that can address a broad variety of conditions, all with a minimally invasive approach.
As a patient, you may have been told that there wasn’t much to do for your chronic illness or pain. While some treatments can help to hold off the major symptoms, there wasn’t much hope for recovery. With the benefits of stem cell therapy, though, all of that changes. Stem cells allow for the treatments of symptoms on a level that is unmatched by traditional therapies. In fact, stem cells have many benefits to recommend them as a way to treat previously untreatable conditions.
First, stem cell therapy is an ethical treatment. At Stemedix, we harvest the stem cells from the fat stores over your stomach or buttocks. None of the stem cells we use in treatment are taken from fetuses or any other unethical practice. This means that stems cells can be pursued without the worry of the ethics behind it, and it is much safer than using the cells harvested from other methods, including bone marrow.
Second, the transplantation is autologous. This means that the cells that are transplanted are your own cells. Your body is much less likely to reject these cells and cause a systemic reaction. The ability to replace your own cells after processing means that you will not have a rejection response, and this means you will have fewer concerns over the transplantation. One of the problems with stem cells from other sources is the immune system rejection and destruction of the tissue, but with our process, you will not have this problem.
Simple and Convenient
When compared to other methods, the mini liposuction and autologous transplantation are simple and convenient. In the past, cord blood was needed, and this meant that the sample had to be banked at birth for stem cells to be available. Then, a painful procedure to remove stem cells from the bone marrow in the pelvis was the accepted way to transplant stem cells. With the mini liposuction, the procedure is the same day and painless.
Treats Difficult Conditions
Of the benefits of stem cell therapy, another important one is that it is a viable therapy for difficult conditions. For instance, the current gold standard treatment for ALS merely helps to support the symptoms, not pose a cure. Stem cells, on the other hand, can go a long way toward reversing the effects of chronic, difficult to treat conditions. Although they do not pose a cure for any of these conditions, they actually help to reverse symptoms far more than traditional medical treatment. For conditions deemed untreatable, stem cell transplantation offers hope.
Positive Research Emerging
Stem cells are an emerging treatment, and studies into their efficacy have not yet been conducted. However, preliminary studies into the effectiveness of this treatment have shown promise. Of course, no large, double blind, peer reviewed study has been conducted, but the smaller studies have shown that stem cells can help with chronic problems. As the treatment becomes more mainstream, larger studies will be conducted. These studies will then show how beneficial stem cell transplantation is to the treatment of chronic conditions and help to bring the treatment out of the shadows.
Learn more about stem cell therapy for different conditions here.
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