Your cells are on your side!
Regenerative Medical treatments is a relatively new field of medicine that brings together experts in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, genetics, medicine, robotics, and other fields to find solutions to some of the most challenging medical problems faced by humankind.
When injured or invaded by disease, our bodies have the innate response to heal and defend. What if it was possible to harness the power of the body to heal and then accelerate it in a clinically relevant way?
What if we could help the body to heal?
The promising field of Regenerative Medicine is working to restore structure and function of damaged tissues and organs. It is also creating solutions for organs and structures that become permanently damaged. The goal of this approach is to find a way to cure previously untreatable injuries and diseases and avoid radical measures and surgery.
Combinations of these approaches can amplify our natural healing process in the places it is needed most, or take over the function of a permanently damaged organ.
How this can be done?
Many millions of adult stem cells are found in every human. Our body uses stem cells as one way of repairing itself. Studies have illustrated that if adult stem cells are harvested and then injected at the site of diseased or damaged tissue, reconstruction of the tissue is feasible under the right circumstances. These cells can be collected from blood, fat, bone marrow, dental pulp, skeletal muscle and other sources. Scientists and clinicians are developing and refining their ability to prepare harvested stem cells and growth factors to be injected into patient for the final repair of diseased or damaged tissue.
Which conditions can be treated in that way?
Osteoarthritis is one of the most common chronic health problems in the world that causes disability and chronic pain with reduced mobility and is a progressive degenerative disease in weight-bearing joints such as the knee.
Osteoarthritis of the knee (KOA) occurs when the cartilage — the joint’s natural cushioning system — breaks down in the knee.
Without this buffer, bones can come into contact with each other, causing pain, stiffness, and a loss of flexibility.
Its incidence and progression are associated with a variety of risk factors. Most of the current treatments focus on symptom management such as physical and occupational therapies, pharmacological intervention for pain management, and surgical intervention with limited success and do not address nor halt the progression of the disease.
Approximately, 9.6% of men and 18% of women who are over 60 years old have symptomatic osteoarthritis worldwide.
The major risk factors for OA are older age, obesity, previous injury, sports-related injury, occupational overuse, and genetic background.
Stem cell for knee osteoarthritis treatment
Stem cells are all over the human body and are classified as selfrenewing, postnatal, multipotent cells that can be differentiated into all tissue types of skeletal system and connective tissues such as bone, fat, cartilage, and. These cells produce a vast array of cytokines, growth factors, and anti-inflammatory bioactive molecules.
Originally, MSCs were isolated from bone marrow, but more recently they have been successfully isolated from various other tissues such as adipose tissue.
The usual job of joint cartilage is to promote smooth movement of joint surfaces and protect bones from friction. This process allows shock absorption of up to 20 times the weight of the body. It’s essential to physical movement, especially in athletics.
Osteoarthritis is one of the most common chronic degenerative disorders and it very often affects the knee, causing deterioration of its joint cartilage over time.
Osteoarthritis can also begin as a result of a knee injury, such as a ligament tear, tendon damage, or a fracture.
In the face of damage, the joint becomes unstable and this wears down the joint cartilage. From there, the bone can suffer damage as well, in addition to the synovial joint lining, tendons, ligaments, and muscles.
Stem cell therapy for knees is minimally invasive. It’s a procedure that can decrease inflammation, slow down and repair all these forms of damage from arthritis, and delay or prevent knee replacement surgery.
Stem cell knee injections
Adult stem cells can be extracted from fat tissue with simple pain free methods. It is then concentrated and injected into the knee with image guidance, to successful results.
The whole procedure takes one day, it doesn`t require hospitalization. Patients are staying comfortably in a
First period right after the procedure may show a slight increase of pain in the joint due to settlement of the injected cells, however improvement will start soon after and the process of renewal of cartilage will last following months, gradually providing improvement in all ways, pain reduction and mobility increase.
Stem cell therapy for the knee works by:
- developing into new essential cartilage cells
- putting the inflammation that can worsen arthritis under control
- releasing proteins called cytokines that slow degeneration of cartilage and reduce pain
Stem cell treatment for knees is noninvasive and rarely painful. Side effects are minimal, in form of tenderness and last only for a short period of post procedural time.
The most frequent experiences after the procedure include mild temporary pain at the injection site, swelling, managed with basic medication.
Where you can get your knees treated?
Our Center for Regenerative medicine in Istanbul and Bursa, Turkey, is opening doors for international patients.
Here we treat many conditions by using fantastic natural power of our own stem cells, just by isolating them in the top quality laboratory, and administering them to right place in the body where they are most needed to regenerate and repair, by our most esteemed doctors specialists who are certified and experienced in a yearly practice abroad.
The procedure itself
Fat tissue sample obtaining; a sample of fat tissue is taken and the stem cells in it are proliferated.
Depending on the disorder, 50-200ml of fat tissue is taken by performing mini liposuction in the abdomen or hip, called minimally invasive procedure. On the same day, stem cells are extracted in the laboratory environment and administered within 1-3 hours.
The methods are carried out under regional anesthesia. No general anesthesia is required. No hospitalization is required. Patients can go their hotel after the procedure and return to their daily lives.
After taking sufficient amount of sample, the centrifuge process is immediately initiated. Stem cells are extracted from other tissues and the obtained serum is injected into the patient. All procedures are completed within 1-3 hours. Once the stem cells have been injected, they rapidly migrate to areas requiring repair, renewal, or growth. For example, in the presence of damage, they rapidly flow into the torn or distorted area. They also accelerate the proliferation of stem cell populations in the nearby region.
Your recovery starts from this moment on for next 6 months, gradually improving movement range and reducing pain level. With all instructions of our esteemed team of doctors, and continuous follow up we ensure your good results.
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