The world continues to be fascinated by the possibilities that regenerative cells offer us from a healing standpoint. These cells, when healthy, can fight off a number of diseases and ailments that modern medicine struggles to combat. Imagine rather than months and months of treatment; a doctor simply injects you with new, healthy cells that immediately go to help regenerate damaged cells and tissue within the body?
Treatments for ailments like diabetes, spinal cord injuries, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and so many others can be considered as serious as getting your teeth cleaned at the dentist. That’s what the medical field and society are pushing for with this type of therapy and the use of mesenchymal cells like those found in Wharton’s jelly and bone marrow and the use of adipose tissue.
Wharton's Jelly Derived Mesenchymal Cells
During your research on stem (mesenchymal) cell treatments or therapies, you may have come across information regarding Wharton's Jelly derived mesenchymal cells. These young and potent cells are derived from the surrounding tissues of the blood vessels of an umbilical cord. Their value comes from a high concentration of precursor mesenchymal cells. Once extracted and cultured, Wharton’s Jelly can be administered to more mature cells, helping them to begin the regenerative process.
Another procedure that is gaining momentum in the medical field is the use of adipose tissue. This tissue comes from body fat found throughout the body, whether it’s near internal organs, underneath the skin, within the bone marrow, or between the muscles. The adipose tissue can be taken from the body and reapplied wherever needed to induce healing. It is a popular option in the medical field because it’s less invasive and produce solid results for the patient.
First, the fat is harvested from the body and then cleaned and prepared for administration. Next, the doctor will apply the Adipose tissue to the areas of the body in need of healing. This process is more popular with for patients who suffer from any condition which makes more invasive surgical options unrealistic. This stem cell therapy can be done in less than a couple of hours and is minimally invasive.
The process of using bone marrow during regenerative cell treatment isn’t as popular, not because it’s ineffective, but rather because of how invasive it is. Doctors have to drill into the bone of the patient, usually their own femur or pelvis, in order to harvest the bone marrow where the stem cells are extracted from.
Not only does this create a lot of discomfort for the patient, but it creates the potential for infection during the healing process. However, it is very effective in terms of healing and regeneration of cells, which is why it is still utilized.
As regenerative cell therapy grows more and more popular, doctors are trying to find more uses for their patients. Dozens of ailments can be treated with regenerative cell therapy with the additional benefit of being a less invasive option for patients who need treatment. This is not only a convenient fact, but it also is a great benefit for patients who are older or not the right candidate for more invasive treatments.