Regenerative cells or stems cells come from our bodies and are used to speed healing of injured tissue. There are four different types of stem cells. The type of cells our doctors prefer to use are regenerative cells harvested from Wharton’s jelly, which contains mesenchymal cells. These are not the same as “stem cells” in the popular sense of the word.
Wharton’s Jelly-Derived Mesenchymal Cells
Wharton’s jelly is rich in young healing cells and active growth factors. Wharton’s jelly is collected from umbilical allografts. It is harvested in a safe and ethical way at the time of childbirth, causing no pain or harm to the mother or newborn. Treatments containing these regenerative cells are a successful form of regenerative medicine.
By using these fresh, healthy source, we are able to capture the powerful healing and growth factors from the cells and other naturally occurring components they contain. This is not a form of stem cell therapy; this form of regenerative procedure is called mesenchymal cellular therapy. Our doctors do not perform stem cell therapy.
Adipose tissue is the scientific name for the fatty tissue found in our bodies. The tissue is taken from the patient’s fat tissue and placed back into the patient’s body where healing is needed.
Since these cells are taken from your body, they can contain harmful toxins and cellular damage from the normal wear and tear of growing older. We do not use this technique of stem cell therapy. Toxins contained within the tissue could also be reintroduced into the body during stem cell therapy using adipose tissue.
In addition, the procedure to collect these cells can be painful for the patient. The procedure used to harvest the adipose cells is similar to liposuction, where a large cannula or tube is inserted into the trunk and extremities to extract the fat tissue from the patient’s body. This can pose a risk of infection.
Bone marrow is found in the center of your bones. Bone marrow is the soft, spongy tissue that produces red blood cells in your body and parts of blood plasma. Stem cells can be harvested from this bone marrow tissue. Similar to adipose tissue, stem cells collected from the patient’s bone marrow have been through the aging process and are less vibrant than the stems cells collected from Wharton’s jelly.
The procedure used to collect bone marrow for transplant can be painful and can leave the patient vulnerable to an infection. This procedure, known as a bone marrow harvest, is invasive. While under anesthesia the doctor will drill into the rear pelvic bone or femur of the patient. At this time the bone marrow is extracted with a syringe. Several skin and bone pierces are required to extract the necessary amount of bone marrow for transplant. Our doctors do not perform bone marrow stem cell therapy.
While there are several places from which to harvest regenerative cells, we prefer the rich source of healing cells derived from Wharton’s jelly. In our view, it is a less invasive and more potent pathway out of pain. To learn more and get the latest information pertinent to your pain condition, call our office for a complimentary consultation.