STEM CELL THERAPY

STEM CELL THERAPY

Today, technological advancements are spawning each and every field, and medical sciences are no exception. From advancements in radiology to maximizing the use of traditional treatments, scientists and researchers have left no stone unturned. One such area is that of Stem Cell Therapy and its application for ailments like Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Avascular Arthritis (Hip Arthritis).

First, we shall look at the basics of what are Stem Cells and what is Stem Cell Therapy, followed by what are the Types of Arthritis and how Stem Cell Therapy works for the treatment of arthritis, and how beneficial is Stem Cell Therapy in this area.

Stem Cell Therapy

What are Stem Cells?

Stem Cells are types of cells that have a remarkable potential to develop into many different cell types in the body, especially during early life and growth. In addition to this, they serve as internal repair system in tissues, working essentially without limit to replenish damaged cells. When these cells multiply by division, they either remain as stem cells or have the potential to become another type of cell with a more specialized function, such as muscle cells, brain cells, red blood cells. These are the only cells that have the ability to take over the functions of other specialized cells. They are found in many parts of the body but are concentrated in the bone marrow.

Stem Cells can broadly be categorized into two types:

Embryonic Stem Cells

These are derived from a four to five day old human embryo (blastocyst). These embryos are those that are developed in-virto (In Vitro Fertilization), and are used by donor’s consent.

Adult Stem Cells

These are derived from a four to five day old human embryo (blastocyst). These embryos are those that are developed in-virto (In Vitro Fertilization), and are used by donor’s consent.

What is Stem Cell Therapy?

Stem cell therapy uses a patient’s own stem cells (autologous) to treat minor to moderate conditions, where formally the primary solution would have been surgery. Simply stated, a stem cell therapy is the infusion of healthy cells (stem cells) to replace diseased or damaged ones. If successful, this infusion of cells in the desired area will then integrate themselves, and give rise to more cells that can take on the necessary functions for a specific tissue. Stem cell therapy is now an easy and quick alternative for surgery, and for treating various other ailments.

Benefits of Autologous stem cell therapy

  1. It is a non-surgery driven technology
  2. Firstly, it will stop progression of diseases and gradually the organ will start re-generating.
  3. One is that the patient serves as his or her own source of stem cells. There is no need to find a donor and there is no risk of incompatibility.
  4. There are no side effects of autologous stem cell transplant.

Stem Cells

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Liver Cirrhosis

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Autism

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Cancer

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Psoriasis

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Muscular Dystrophy

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