The role of regenerative medicine has increased the life expectancy of people. Thanks to the technological advances we face every day, regenerative medicine takes on the challenge of rebuilding destroyed tissue. Why do we talk about technological advances? The main starting point is to generate artificial tissue culture to be able to repair or replace the worn tissue of patients.
What is regenerative medicine?
Regenerative medicine, for many people, is generally a treatment seen in science fiction. This specialty, studied at universities around the world, has as the primary purpose to accelerate the process to heal our body. Therefore, regenerative medicine is researched and associated with various fields of science, such as genetics, cell therapies, and more.
Upon using expensive traditional treatments with various side effects, the use of regenerative medicine has generated promising results for the future, thanks to the use of multiple cell therapy techniques. These medical processes are to be streamlined and transformed, providing high results and rapid recovery from the patients.
The interdisciplinary and emerging field that encompasses regenerative medicine consists of a set of processes that helps repair, replace, and regenerate tissue cells or the function of an organ that is weakened or damaged. That is, the same body uses its systems to recreate cells and rebuild tissues and organs. This process allows an improvement in the structure of the organism through the self-regeneration of its cells.
However, it is essential to harness the regenerative power of our body to benefit from it, since it has a high capacity to heal and recover.
How does regenerative medicine work?
Regenerative medicine uses the main component of repair and regeneration of stem cells. These form the fundamental part of the tissues and organs of the human body.
All the cells that make up our organism are generated through a primitive cell. Stem cells are the primary raw material of the body and acquire specialized functions depending on where they are. In turn, the stem cells divide to form daughter cells, and these, in turn, become new stem cells with self-renewal functions or specialized cells with specific purposes for the human body. For this reason, stem cells are the only ones that have the natural ability to generate new types.
The development of technologies and the use of stem cells serve to treat diseases that until now, their cure was unknown. An example demonstrated in patients is the efficacy in the treatment of fistulas of Crohn’s Disease with fat stem cells.
Regenerative medicine acts as a self-healing mechanism. However, it also can be applied for joint pain, that is, for those patients suffering from osteoarthritis and/or joint wear.
In the United States, stem cells are used as a tissue repair technique that involves taking bone marrow or fat samples where adult cells meet. They then become potential cells that are damaged in the body. This technique allows to reduce pain and improve the functioning of joints and ligaments.
As we have already spoken, stem cells can become different types of cells that serve as a repair method. Obviously, at the same rate that our life advances, the wear of our cells progresses, and the amount of cells that we can create in our body is reduced. This wear identifies it as aging.
Stem cell treatment offers a lot of benefits to patients. It provides an effective therapy to improve the regeneration of the body and, therefore, a valuable source of rejuvenation of damaged tissues and organs. These cells can be found in all organs of the body.
As we said before, adipose tissue or fat has the highest restoration potential. An important fact is that scientific research has found a blood sample can reach a total of 10,000 adult stem cells. In the bone marrow, we can reach 50,000 and about 60 million in the adipose tissue.
Dr. Brandon Hochman of Med Plus Centers explains how stem cell treatments are changing the lives of his patients:
“Stem cells are becoming a significant issue, as are injections of platelet-rich plasma. They are at the forefront of medicine and have become a treatment that more and more patients want. Each of these injections does incredible things; we are using them with patients who do not want surgery and with people in post-surgical treatments.”
What benefits does regenerative medicine offer our body?
Many patients turn to regenerative medicine for the numerous benefits offered, as it can help them recover from sports injuries, relieve pain, and even fight aging.
One of the many regenerative medicine therapies is the use of stem cells; however, it depends on the age of the patient from whom it is extracted from, meaning that your stem cells are as old as you. The regenerative components that are used in these treatments serve to heal the body naturally and are a very effective way to manage pain, recovery, and rejuvenation.
According to research carried out by experts in the field of science, two of the main advantages that regenerative medicine has is the following:
First, the body does not reject the use of cells, and secondly, there is no need for donors because the same body is the one who repairs and regenerates it.
Advantages of regenerative medicine
- Relief of muscle bruises that appear in the body, fiber breakage caused by occasional injuries or partial tendon tears.
- Reduce osteoarthritis.
- Accelerates and helps the recovery of injuries and rehabilitation in surgical operations.
- In the field of aesthetics, it favors the production of collagen.
- Regenerative medicine can be applied to diseases that do not have therapies.
Regenerative medicine can not only cure diseases but also allows us to offer our body, organism, tissues, and organs better health. This science is still necessary and very important for the reconstruction and repair of people as it will require different ways of treating health care.
The stem cell treatments will transform the way medicine is practiced since the cells responsible for keeping our body alive are the repairers. In addition, it will allow an improvement when performing treatments, instead of using medications that may have contraindications in many patients.