What are Mesenchymal Stem Cells?
Living things are born with their own, individual stem cells that will live in the body their entire lift. Stem cells generally have two unique features. They can multiply through cell division and they can change themselves to become tissue-specific to replace damaged or dying cells, as needed.
There are two types of stems cells: embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells. Mesenchymal stem cells are a type of adult stem cell found in all tissues that can make up numerous types of cells belonging to our skeletal tissues like cartilage, bone, and fat. Similar to HGH Therapy in Miami, Mesenchymal Stem Cells can be used for a variety of treatments, including tissue repair and injury healing. Because these types of stem cells have a high capacity for self-renewal, they are great for tissue repair.
Mesenchymal stem cells are attracted to damaged tissues that exhibit inflammation, including tumors. They track damaged tissues using a variety of molecules, including chemokines, adhesion molecules, and matrix metalloproteinases.
Although it is somewhat easy to differentiate mesenchymal cell types from adult bone marrow, it can be more difficult to isolate the small number of cells that are mesenchymal stem cells. Some of the cells from the mixture may be able to form fat and bone tissues, but still not have all of the needed assets to identify as a mesenchymal stem cell. Studies done are making it easier to point out these differences, making treatment more accessible.
How do Mesenchymal Stem Cells Work?
Stem cells are attracted to inflammation or damaged tissues in the body. At American Longevity Center, we use Mesenchymal stem cells. These stem cells are influenced by your body’s chemical differentiation inducers, and then change themselves into needed cells for organs, nerves, and muscles.
These stem cells are believed to help in growth, wound healing, and replacing cells that are lost through daily strain. They are also known to help in the treatment of degenerative diseases, liver function, musculoskeletal system issues, autoimmune diseases, cardiac-pulmonary diseases, bone damage, and more.
What is the Procedure?
Stem cell therapy works by presenting stem cells into diseased or damaged tissues. The procedure takes about three hours, and is done under local anesthesia in a professional operating room. Fat is harvested from the abdomen. Then, about one-fourth to one-half cups of abdominal fat is delivered to our in-house lab to extract the stem cells. The extracted stem cells are then injected back into the body. (are the cells injected into the body by intravenous injection or local intraarterial injection?)
Following a stem cell procedure, most patients are able to return to work the next day. Patients should avoid strenuous activity for at least five days. Commonly, patients only need pain-killers such as Tylenol® for post-op discomfort.
How Long Until I See Results?
The duration of time before patients see results will vary. Some patients see results in just one week, while it can take up to two months for others.
If you are interested in learning more about Stem Cell Therapy, contact the ALC Group today at 800-653-8154 to schedule an appointment.