Regenerative medicine is not a new field, but advances in our understanding of biology have created new potential for healing damaged tissues and organs. Traditional medicine has many methods for identifying diseases and treating symptoms, however it has been more difficult to find ways to repair problems with certain conditions, notably internal or neurological disorders. Broken bones and cuts are injuries from which the body naturally attempts to recover, and casts and stitches facilitate that process. When internal organs and systems are damaged, however, their less accessibility makes them more difficult to expedite the healing.
It is possible to boost the body’s ability to heal itself with an approach called regenerative medicine. If the body is too damaged or the problem too severe for self-healing, often tissues and organs can be replaced with healthy transplants. However, one of the most encouraging directions for regenerative medicine is the use of stem cells and growth factors to allow injured parts the capability to repair damage from within. Regenerative medicine with stem cells is an increasingly popular method for treating everything from orthopedic diseases to sports injuries or as a method for managing pain.
On average, people are living longer, which means that people are experiencing more degenerative conditions related to aging, and many eventually acquire chronic diseases. Chronic diseases affect nearly half of all Americans, cause seventy percent of deaths, and account for three out of every four dollars spent on health care. With heart disease, for example, surgery offers stents, bypasses, and transplants, but there are few promising options to help the body repair the damage accumulated over the years. Treatment at Gulf Coast Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center can help the heart muscles recover some function through regenerative growth and recruitment.
Stem cells have the potential to help the body rejuvenate and repair problems that have developed over long periods of time. Although the initial exploration of stem cells was controversial, methods have evolved, and it is now possible to acquire stem cells from the fatty adipose deposits of adult patients. In a simple, outpatient procedure, stem cells can be extracted from a person’s own body and injected in affected areas. Regenerative medicine with stem cells offers a non-invasive treatment option for people suffering from degenerative disorders.
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