Head injuries are a common occurrence in modern life. Even with seatbelts and protective helmets, head injuries continue to happen in motor vehicle collisions and competitive sports. A head injury can be devastating and life-changing for the family as well as the patient, whether the injury is a concussion with “physiological stunning” or a brain contusion and laceration. Sequelae (conditions that result from a previous injury or disease) can range from headaches and depression through the whole spectrum of neurological disease to a vegetative state.
Fortunately for many, stem cell therapy have been found to be effective in treating many of the sequelae of head injuries. Indeed, stem cell therapy has given hope to many patients and their caregivers for treating a wide variety of the symptoms and consequences of head injuries.
Advances In Treatment
While specific techniques are still being developed for the use of stem cells in treating traumatic head injuries, research suggests that this therapy may help where all other options have shown little benefit. We acquire the stem cells by removing two ounces of fat from the patient’s waistline. This minimally invasive procedure is performed under local anesthesia, and then the stem cells can be separated from the fat in which they were contained.
Repairing The Damage
Most of the effects of head injuries on the brain are poorly understood. The injury can manifest itself as physically quantifiable lesions on CT scan or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the brain, or as “physiological” lesions that can only be detected by the presence of symptoms. In many patients, stem cell therapy have been associated with improvements in all parameters of measurement, whether they are physical and objective or symptomatic. When stem cells are given intravenously, especially with an osmotic diuretic, they appear to work in certain patients in ways that are highly beneficial. Many patients appear to regain functions that were until then lost, such as movement of a limb or a return of sensation or control. There appears to be improvement in the subjective category as well, with an improvement in headaches and a feeling of well-being. May of these benefits are inexplicable in certain patients.
Why stem cell therapy works better in some patients than others is not known at this time. Eventually, many questions should be clarified and answered by ongoing research and data reported by all members of the stem cell scientific and medical community. As members of the Cell Surgical Network, we participate in this ongoing process. For now, however, stem cell therapy offers a good option for treatment when recovery is too slow, or when other treatment options are limited. Indeed, stem cell therapy may be used as one component of a broader treatment strategy.
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