The human body is made up of billions of specialized cells that form specific organs and tissues, like the brain, skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, and bone. Each day these cells go through a degenerative and regenerative process. As older cells die, new cells are born from stem cells, whose unique capability is being able to create multiple types of other cells. However, when tissues are injured, the degenerative process exceeds this regenerative process, resulting in structures that become weaker, painful and less functional. The opposite effect occurs when stem cells are placed into certain environments, as they can be transformed into healthy functional cells or tissues. Currently, this innovative, non-invasive treatment is used to treat inflammation, especially that caused by arthritis. Dr. Escobar uses stem cell therapy in his Pembroke Pines clinic.
Where Do the Stem Cells Come From?
The most common type of stem cells used for treating arthritis are mesenchymal stem cells. Mesenchymal stem cells are usually collected from the patient’s fat tissue, blood, or bone marrow.
The process of collecting cells is often called harvesting.
- Adipose (fat) stem cells are harvested using surgery or liposuction.
- Peripheral blood stem cells, found in the bloodstream, are harvested by taking a blood sample from the patient.
- Bone marrow stem cells are harvested from one of the patient’s bones.
Bone marrow is usually taken from the pelvic bone using a needle and syringe, a process called bone marrow aspiration. The patient is given a local anesthetic and may also be given a sedative before the procedure.
How Are Stem Cells Used to Treat Arthritis?
Modern techniques in medicine allow specialists to withdraw stem cells from bone marrow, concentrate them through a lab process and then re-inject them precisely into injured tissues in other areas of the body using advanced imaging guidance. This is how Dr. Escobar carries out stem cell therapy in Pembroke Pines. Through Fluoroscopy and Ultrasound, Dr. Escobar is able to ensure the cells are being introduced into the exact area of need. When the stem cells are re-injected, they enhance the natural repair process of degenerated and injured tendons, ligaments, and arthritic joints, turning the tables on the natural breakdown that occurs from aging, overuse and injury.
Patient Benefits of stem cell therapy, Pembroke Pines
Non-surgical stem cell injection procedures happen within a single day and may offer a viable alternative for those who are facing surgery or even joint replacement. Patients are typically able to return to normal activity following the procedure and are able to avoid the painful and lengthy rehabilitation periods that are typically required after invasive joint surgeries to help restore strength, mobility and range-of-motion. Lastly, patients are far less vulnerable to surgical risks, such as infection and blood clots.
Find Out If You Are A Candidate for stem cell therapy in Pembroke Pines
If you are suffering from a joint injury or degenerative condition such as osteoarthritis, you may be a good candidate for a stem cell procedure. We invite you to find out more about this innovative technology. To receive detailed information about stem cell therapy in Pembroke Pines or in our clinic in Hollywood or Aventura, contact our friendly staff today or visit our website. We will be happy to assist!