FAQ’s on Stem Cell Injections in Dallas & Fort Worth
What is a Stem Cell Injection?
Stem cell injections are a form of therapy that uses the stem cells and their secretions for the purpose of replacing or repairing body cells and other tissues that have been damaged as a result of an injury. They can also be used to replace those cells that are worn out or compromised. The cells will normally be injected into the blood system or just transferred directly to the damaged tissue.
Stem cells are known for their unique self-renewal ability by dividing and producing identical cells. They can also specialize into different cells that perform a specific function. The above two properties make these cells ideal for the repair of damaged tissues.
Who can benefit from a Stem Cell Injection?
This therapy is ideal for people of all ages suffering from joint disorders particularly osteoarthritis-a form of degenerative joint disease associated with loss of articular cartilage in the joints.
Those with the said disorder, whether on the knee, hip, shoulder, ankle, wrist, or even joints of the hands or feet, can potentially benefit from this procedure. It is also ideal for those with tendon pain as this is speedily relieved.
How is a Stem Cell Injection performed?
The stem cells to be used in this injection will be collected from one of two ways. The first involves the fats in the abdomen being harvested using a process of suction, with the cells collected referred as self-cells. These regenerating cells are then isolated from fat cells by an experienced technician before preparing a concentrate for injection. The active cells will be then injected directly into the joints or tendons in the targeted area of the patient they were harvested from, as self-cells are patient specific.
The second way stem cells can be collected is to be harvested from the residual amniotic fluid that is regularly discarded after birth. Instead of being disposed of, this fluid can be taken to a laboratory where stem cells can be extracted. Cells collected in this manner will be carefully examined to ensure there is no disease present.
The actual injection solution that is used for the patient when dealing with amniotic cells is a combination of materials. These include stem cells, anti-inflammatory agents, and hyaluronic acid – a known pain reliever. This injection is able to help with both tissue regeneration and Pain Relief for a joint. One key note is that amniotic cell injections have yet to result in a host/graft complication, meaning they are potentially more reliable than other injections.
What can a Stem Cell Injection potentially treat?
Stem cell injections have been used for many years and have been very successful in treating many conditions. Over 80% of patients who undergo the procedure report recovery. The latest medical advancement shows that the procedure has a chance of treating many terminal diseases and condition. Potential areas of application include the treatment of some types of cancers, heart damage, spinal cord injury, brain damage, hematopoiesis (blood cell formation), baldness, missing teeth, deafness, blind and vision impairment among many others.
What are the potential risks of a Stem Cell Injection?
The procedure has a few risks associated with it such as infections and excessive bleeding. Other risks include abdominal scarring, delayed wound healing, allergic reactions to the local anesthetic or antibiotics and even loss of skin pigmentation at the injected site. However these risks are rarely serious and the procedure is considered relatively safe. Each of these risks is associated more with the needle used in the procedure than the stem cells themselves. As stem cell injections are relatively new as a treatment option, the potential risks have yet to be confirmed in a clinical setting.