CELL THERAPY SERVICES
Help your body regenerate itself. The goal of Regenerative Medicine is to find ways to cure previously untreatable injuries and diseases. Regenerative Medicine works to accelerate the pace at which your body naturally restores structure and function of damaged tissues and organs. It is also working to create solutions for organs that become permanently damaged. The goal of this medicine is to find a way to cure previously untreatable injuries and diseases.
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 but the processes are quite different. Stem cell therapy involves injecting cells harvested from the patient’s own marrow, while in PRP, platelets, and plasma are extracted from blood to be injected. Stem cell treatment may be best suited to address degenerative disease or injury as differentiated cells develop into new tissue; PRP provides a kickstart to healing.
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