There is so much information and misinformation out there regarding stem cells that most of us don’t know what to think. First, we hear that these specialized cells come from embryos that have the potential to be cloned. Then we hear that these specialized little miracle workers can actually help adults suffering from disease and injury. It’s time to clear things up— here are 5 things you didn’t know about stem cell therapy and how you can find out if stem cell therapy might help you at the NYC Stem Cell Institute.
Stem cells are the precursors from which all other cells with dedicated function are created. Stem cells divide into daughter cells and daughter cells either become new stem cells (the self-renewal property), or they become specialized cells (the differentiation property), with specific functions such as blood cells, bone cells and heart muscle cells.
1. There Are Two Kinds of Stem Cells
We have all heard about embryonic stem cells, but there are adults stem cells as well.
Adult Stem Cells
Adult stem cells are found in most adult tissues, in small numbers. Two common locations are bone marrow and fat. Although adult stem cells are more limited in the capability to generate the quantity and variety of differentiated cells, they are at the heart of stem cell therapy.
Embryonic Stem Cells
These stem cells come from laboratory embryos that are 3 to 5 days old and are made up of approximately 150 cells. These cells are quite versatile and can be used to generate any other type of cell in the body. Stem cell therapy at the NYC Stem Cell Institute only utilizes adult stem cells.
2. You Provide Your Own Stem Cells
With stem cell therapy, you provide cells that are present in your own body. What this means is that there is no danger of rejection, like that which can occur with organ and tissue transplants. You are also not in danger of acquiring communicable disease. Donated stem cells are never used, only your own.
3. Stem Cell Therapy Is a Non-Surgical Procedure
Stem cell therapy is minimally invasive and not surgical. Your stem cells are harvested from your own bone marrow in your pelvis. Although the patient is kept quite comfortable during the procedure, there is no need for general anesthesia. Restoration time is kept down to a minimum, and depends on patient factors.
4. Stem Cell Therapy Requires 3 Steps
Perhaps one of the biggest surprises is that although stem cell therapy is a complex procedure, experienced and gifted surgeons perform the process in 3 steps. First, the hip area is cleaned and numbed; a special syringe is inserted to aspirate bone marrow from the hip region. Second, the sample obtained is sent to the laboratory where it is spun in a machine for several minutes to separate and isolate the stem cells. Third, the prepared stem cells are then injected into a diseased region under the guidance of special x-ray equipment.
5. Chronic Joint Pain Can Be Treated With Stem Cell Therapy
Those who suffer from chronic joint pain, whose quality of life has been eroded due to the debilitating effects of pain and diminished movement, are excellent candidates for stem cell therapy.
How Can You Be Helped?
Stem cell therapy may be a relatively new procedure, but it is definitely on its way to becoming mainstream. If you are suffering from conditions that are eroding the quality of your life, you can find out if the NYC Stem Cell Institute can help you. When you are ready to learn more, contact us or navigate our website for more information.