Current and Future Stem Cell Procedures and Therapies
Scientists, researchers and physicians in the fields of Personalized and Regenerative Medicine have been exploring stem cell treatments for more than a decade.
Below is a sampling of the treatments and therapies currently offered throughout the world.
Plastic and Cosmetic surgeons are the forefront of stem cell treatments do to their use of adipose tissue (fat transfer) to replenish volume in the face, breasts, buttocks and hands, etc. Using stem cells to ‘super charge’ the fat makes such procedures far more reliable and predictable, and are becoming more common. Also, stem cells regenerate tissue, are used for wrinkles, scars and discoloration.
- Breast Reconstruction
- Breast Augmentation
- Buttock Augmentation
- Facial Fat Transfer
- Hand Rejuvenation
- Scar Reduction
- Wound Healing
Orthopedic surgeons are beginning to embrace the use of stem cells numerous procedures and for a number of reasons. First, they act as anti-inflammatory agents, reducing the inflammation that causes arthritic pain. Second, adult stem cells can replace and orchestrate the rebuilding of damaged cartilage and bone. Perhaps most importantly, stem cell therapies are minimally invasive procedures that avoid the need for surgery.
- Planter Fasciitis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Meniscus Tear/ Rotator Cuff Tear
- Degenerative/Herniated Disc
- Tendonitis/Tennis Elbow NEUROLOGICAL
Most common neurological disorders are caused by a loss or damage of neurons and the supporting glial cells. In recent years, neurons and glia have been generated successfully from stem cells in culture, accelerating the development of stem-cell-based transplantation therapies for human patients. More recently, experimental procedures has shown success in the formation of new neurons and glial cells using autologous stem cells.
- ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
- Cerebral Palsy
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Spinal Cord Injury
The transplantation of hematopoietic stem cells in bone marrow—cells capable of self-renewing and becoming all types of blood cell—is a procedure now well established as a way to treat numerous lethal cancers of the blood, including leukemias and lymphomas. The same procedures are being tested for the treatment of severe autoimmune diseases, such as therapy-resistant rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis, with positive results.
- Crohn’s Disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- SCID (severe combine immunodeficiency).
- Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus
Because so many diseases, illnesses and disorders are caused by defective, damaged or missing cells and cellular tissue, the possibilities for stem cell regenerative medicine are huge. Beyond diseases involving bone, cartilage, muscle and blood—which can be treated using adult stem cells found in bone marrow and adipose (fat)
- Ocular (Ophthalmologic)