CELL THERAPY SERVICES
Minimally invasive, cell-based therapy introduces cells from one part of the body to the impacted area, for accelerated restoration. Stem cells work by releasing proteins called growth factors to help heal, repair and restore damaged areas.
WHAT IS CELL THERAPY?
An innovative, surgery-free treatment that helps your body restore itself by isolating stem cells from one location of the body to the area of disease, injury or inflammation. This process uses a minimally invasive surgical technique, conducted right in our clinic.
When you think Regenerative Medicine, names like Kobe Bryant , Chris Johnson, Alex Rodriguez, and Chauncey Billups should all come to mind. These four athletes (among many others) have used cell therapy to make unlikely recoveries from severe sports-related injuries. But how? To begin, cells are the basic structural and functional units of all living organisms. Cell therapy entails the injection of cellular material into a patient’s body. In Regenerative Medicine, the objective is to improve the biological function of damaged or degraded tissues and organs.
To this end, the injection of cellular material, either from the patient (autologous) or from a donor (allogeneic), may be employed to address a range of conditions. Cell therapies primarily fall into two categories: Platelet-Rich Plasma and Stem Cell.
PLATELET-RICH PLASMA (PRP)
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) or Platelet Lysate Injection Treatments is a growth factor based treatment, where blood is drawn from a patient and then placed in a centrifuge where it is spun out to separate the platelets from the remainder of the blood. To complete the process the doctor takes the platelets and recombines them with a lower volume of blood plasma to create a fluid with a higher-than-normal concentration of platelets, thus growth factors (special proteins that trigger growth and healing in the body) and then injected into damaged tissue for to help expedite the process of rebuilding collagen and tissue.
DIFFERENCE OF STEM CELL AND PRP THERAPY
Both regenerative processes can be effective to accelerate healing however each process is different. Stem cell therapy involves injecting cells harvested from the patient’s own marrow, while in PRP, plasma is extracted from blood and plateletes are enriched to be injected. Harvested plateletes are injected to heal tendons, ligaments and cartilage. Stem cell treatments have a more robust reaction releasing more healing factors and may activate surrounding stem cells which can provide results beyond the capacity of PRP.
Stem cells, also referred to as the body’s master cells, live inside all of us in various tissues and repair damage as it occurs within our bodies. Through the process of self-renewal, stem cells can make a variety of other kinds of cells depending on your body’s needs. As the body ages, it’s not able to generate enough stem cells to fully repair damaged areas quickly. With the use of stem cells extracted from an area of high volume (like adult bone marrow), Gentera is able to concentrate the cells and inject them into damaged areas of the body to naturally speed up the healing process.
Stem cells typically serve five beneficial functions:
1. Acting as raw material for rebuilding damaged tissue (by transforming into other cells)
2. Promoting angiogenesis (creation of new blood vessels)
3. Releasing growth factors to enhance healing
4. Replicating themselves to multiply their effects
5. Communicating with the body to attract additional cells to the damaged site