A guide to Regenerative Medicine
"Reparation and substitution of damaged cells, tissues and organs for ones that function better."
As a medical speciality it is understood as a group of biomedical and clinical therapies, that require the use of stem cells or plasma rich in platelets from the patient, biomaterials or medicine that promote the endogenous regeneration capacity. It also includes the possibility of tissue and organ growth in a laboratory to implement them depending of each patients case. It can be defined as the reparation and substitution of damaged cells, tissues and organs for ones that function better.
Stem Cell Therapy consists of taking the cells from our body that have the capacity to divide and differentiate themselves into diverse types of specialised cells and auto renovate themselves. They are providers of new cells that have the capacity to regenerate damaged cells. We can find them in different tissues in the body, especially in large amounts in adipose tissue and bone marrow.
Aging is a natural process and we all experience a decrease in stem cells with age, as well as loss of plasticity, translating into aging. However, stem cell therapy can delay the process of aging and rejuvenate damaged cells, both in the skin as well as organs. Additionally, pathologies and lesions caused by wear and tear or trauma, like in the case of athletes, can be treated with this treatment.
Many pathologies can be greatly improved, such as:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Degenerative osteoarthritis
- Other chronic and degenerative diseases
- Autoimmune diseases
- Erectile dysfunction
- Facial dimorphisms
- Neurodegenerative illnesses
Without a doubt, it will become more known and implemented by doctors and hospitals. Whether it’s going to replace conventional methodologies, I don’t believe we are there yet, however, there are different biotechnology and genetic engineering companies as well as multinationals working on new treatments for pathologies like cancer, and perhaps in the future we can see whether they will replace the current therapies being used.
Of course! Thanks to this innovative treatment, we’ve had many patients who within a couple of months following cell implants and intraarticular plasma have improved their mobility and decreased their symptoms between 70 and 80%, as well as a experienced significant improvement in the paraclinical and radiological exams, which is great for the patients and for us doctors, is a success. I don’t like to talk about curing patients, because in this case, we seek to improve and diminish the symptoms and manifestations of the pathology.
Without a doubt, these type of treatments with the advancements that await us in the future, give us the possibility of combating illnesses without the secondary effects that we have nowadays due to pharmaceuticals treatments, as well as the prevention and treatment of many illnesses and conditions including premature aging. If for example we have a damaged liver due to illness and we’re able to transplant the liver with a liver produced by stem cells from the patient (investigation and work that is already in progress), we will be taking a huge step in the direction of a new reality in human longevity and the medical practice.