Regenerative medicine is a relatively new field of medicine that doctors are focusing on and seeing great success with. This field of medicine works with human tissue products, including fetal transplanted cells—also known as stem cells, to heal and restore the human body.
Regenerative biologics is a form of regenerative medicine that has been used for decades with great outcomes. Regenerative biologics, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and traditional mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), have been widely used to treat orthopedic conditions and provide cutting edge therapies for improving joint restoration and healing and decreasing pain. Research has also ventured into the future possibility of impacting a host of metabolic, autoimmune and neurodegenerative diseases such as diabetes, ulcerative colitis, Alzheimer’s, MS, Parkinson’s and autism.
These biologic products, known as mesenchymal stem cells, were created more than 30 years ago as a powerful, non-surgical, office-based treatment option with regenerative capabilities.
How do stem cells and exosomes work?
We have millions of resident stem cells in every tissue of our body. These stem cells help our bodies heal, restore, fight disease, slow the aging process and stimulate longevity. For example, if you fall and skin your knee, what happens? For the next two days there’s probably a wound that bleeds then forms a scab. Within a few days, the bleeding and acute pain stop. A week later, the scab may still look awful, but it’s healing. In two weeks, the scab is gone but the area is red. By week four, you can’t tell that you fell at all, and any signs of the injury have disappeared.
So, what happened? At the point of trauma, the injured tissue sent signals to your body that help was needed. Your body quickly mobilized growth factors to travel to the injured site and start the process of healing and restoring the body.
But what if we could take those four weeks and compress them into a few days, or even a few hours? What if we could energize and stimulate our own resident stem cells using millions—or in the case of exosomes, billions—of helpers to essentially create a younger, stronger, healthier and more restored version of ourselves? With regenerative medicine technology and transplanted human tissue products, we can.
Where do stem cells come from?
Stem cells can come from our own (autologous) bone marrow and fat, or someone else’s (allogenic) umbilical cord by-products, called Warton’s Jelly.
Why do we use both stem cells and exosomes at Age Management Center of New England?
At Age Management Center we use a variety of human tissue products in our regenerative medicine program. These range from one’s own PRP to traditional stem cells to, in some cases, exosomes. Exosomes are tiny “extracellular vesicles” that do not contain DNA; they are so small that they can pass through micro filters that block bacteria, viruses and foreign proteins. Exosomes are, in fact, the paracrine messengers that pass from cell to cell and signal to our stem cells to begin the restoration, healing and anti-aging processes.
Exosomes are not only found in stem cells but throughout nature. These cells are how other cells communicate with each other, by using the signaling capabilities of hormones. Immune cells, cancer cells and aging cells all have different types of “extracellular vesicles”—or exosomes—that contain different messages and impact our bodies in a variety of ways. Even milk has an abundance of specific milk exosomes.
What else sets exosomes apart from stem cells?
One of the most important attributes of exosomes is their ability to travel to areas of inflammation, injury and disease. The inflammation and tissue damage—like the skinned knee—act like bio magnets, and the exosomes are the tiny ball bearings that are drawn to the areas that are signaling for help and need healing.
Depending on the patient and his or her specific condition(s), Dr. Bedecs and our medical team may select a single form of human tissue products or a combination of donor cellular products. A patient’s individualized treatment plan is determined as part of the patient screening.
If you’re interested in learning more about human tissue products, including stem cells and exosomes, contact us today to schedule your free screening. Let our team of regenerative medicine experts help you live as well as you can for as long as you can!
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