Although advances in medicine are made on a near daily basis, current treatments aren’t able to keep up with patients’ needs, especially with an aging population. Most often, the medical approach to helping patients is to simply manage symptoms with medications or devices, and there are few methods for treating the root causes of many of the diseases, injuries and conditions that are experienced today. That’s why new research in the field of regenerative medicine is so exciting; the results of using adipose-derived stem cells to regenerate tissue have been extremely promising for helping patients experience healing by eliminating the problem at the source.
What is Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative medicine involves the restoration of the structure or function of damaged tissues and organs. Through the engineering or regeneration of human cells, the goal is to harness the body’s ability to heal and apply it to previously untreatable diseases or injuries. According to the Center for Regenerative Medicine of the Mayo Clinic, there are three interrelated approaches for regenerative treatments:
- Rejuvenation. Rejuvenation means amplifying the body’s own ability to heal itself. A cut or bruise will heal on your skin in a few days, but organs don’t repair themselves as readily. New research involves enhancing the self-healing processes.
- Replacement. Replacement involves “using healthy cells, tissues or organs from a living or deceased donor to replace damaged ones.” A good example is an organ transplants, like the heart, liver, or kidneys. Challenges with this include organ rejection.
- Regeneration. Regeneration includes “delivering specific types of cells or cell products to diseased tissues or organs, where they will ultimately restore tissue and organ function.” This is typically accomplished with stem cell-based therapies or by using cell products, like hormones. Bone marrow transplants are used to regenerate tissue.
Adipose-Derived Stem Cells and Regeneration
Stem cells are the body’s building blocks, beginning as a sort of “blank slate” and possessing the ability to develop into any cell type in the body as needed. As we age, our adult cells become “differentiated,” meaning they can only form into specific tissues. Recently in Australia, researchers figured out how to reprogram adult bone or fat cells to make stem cells that can regenerate tissue for any damaged area in the body. They developed a technique that gives these cells the ability to lose their adult, “locked-in” characteristics, and as adipose-derived stem cells, they can multiply and regenerate into multiple cell types, potentially healing any injury in the body. According to the National Institute of Health, that could include macular degeneration, spinal cord injury, stroke, burns, heart disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Using adipose-derived stem cells as a treatment option delivers life-changing results for the 100 million Americans suffering from chronic pain every year.
Flexogenix® is Your Regenerative Solution
The Flexogenix® team is proud to offer innovative regenerative therapy treatments, including Stem Cell and PRP therapy, and will customize a recovery plan including conditioning and support to help you avoid surgery and regain an active lifestyle. Contact us today to learn if Progeni-flex™ is right for you!