With recent advances in the medical and cosmetic fields, new products are continually being developed to provide better results than ever before. One of the latest and growing technologies is mesenchymal stem cell therapy. With more and more evidence, stem cell therapy is quickly becoming a top choice for safe and non-invasive treatment of a range of aesthetic and medical conditions.
What are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are cells with the potential to develop into many different types of more specialized cells in the body. They serve as the source for all the cells in our body, and function as a repair system when needed.
Stem cells are unique from other cells in the body in three major ways:
- They can divide and renew themselves over a long time
- They are unspecialized, so they cannot do specific functions in the body
- They have the potential to become specialized cells, such as muscle, blood, and brain cells.
Stem cells may one day be used to make cells and tissues for therapy of many diseases. Examples include Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, spinal cord injury, heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis. However, stem cell therapy is already being used for a variety of common conditions that apply to most people.
Where Do We Obtain Our Stem Cell Therapies From?
At Orchidia Medical Group, our ultra-healing stem cells are obtained from the Wharton’s jelly of the umbilical cord in order to process and preserve the cytokines, growth factors, and structural integrity of the cells for homologous use. All birth tissue products are obtained from normal, full-term pregnancies. Donors consent to the use of their birth tissues and are screened prior to obtaining their growth tissues. These screenings include medical and social histories, as well as tests in accordance with the standards established by the FDA.
After the products have passed their testing and a 14-day quarantine, the allografts are reviewed and ready for treatment. This structured and effective process is designed to ensure the optimal safety and effectiveness of treatments.
What Can Be Treated with Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cells and growth factors are delivered directly to the treatment area, depending on what conditions are being targeted. Stem cells work to effectively trigger the natural healing process and can be used for a multitude of ailments.
Erectile dysfunction, or ED, is a common condition for men, with up to 20% of the population being affected. ED is frequently related to other conditions, including depression, diabetes, heart disease and neurological problems. Such disorders are more common in the elderly, accounting for the increased prevalence in men over 65 years of age. Currently, approximately two-thirds of men with ED are untreated despite experiencing considerable distress from their condition.
Stem cell therapy has been shown to be safe and effective in treating ED, especially in the setting of refractory ED that has been resistant to conventional treatments. At Orchidia Medical Group, we use a combination of shockwave therapy, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), and stem cells to provide even better results.
Peyronie’s disease is a condition in which fibrous collagen plaques develop within the penis, leading to deformities during an erection. The symptoms of Peyronie’s may physically limit intercourse and impose a severe physical and psychological burden. The condition can also be painful as well. To date, nonsurgical options in treatment have been ineffective, and surgical treatment is invasive and entails higher risk.
More recently, research has been done showing significant improvements in treating Peyronie’s disease with stem cell therapy. In particular, individuals have been able to completely clear or eliminate the fibrous plaques that cause the condition, sometimes in as little as a few months.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common joint disorder in the United States. The condition occurs in approximately 10% of men and 13% of women over 60 years of age. This prevalence only stands to increase in our aging society, especially in the setting of the common struggles with obesity. OA not only causes pain but disability in day to day activities, further leading to sedentary behavior and other health problems.
Clinical trials have already shown the substantial benefits of stem cell therapy for osteoarthritis. In addition to improving individuals’ pain levels and reducing their physical limitations, there are also MRI imaging data showing a slowing in the progression of further arthritis development over time.
Alopecia (Hair loss)
Alopecia is hair loss and may be due to a variety of causes, including hereditary, inflammatory, and infectious conditions. Androgenic alopecia is commonly referred to as male pattern hair loss, but occurs in women as well. It is estimated to affect around 50% of Caucasian men by the age of 50 and as many as 90% in their lifetime. Caucasian women have about a 50% lifetime prevalence. Ethnic minorities tend to have slightly lower rates of androgenic alopecia, but still commonly experience this condition.
Treatments for alopecia have been limited to mitigating progression with noninvasive measures or involves surgical procedures to redistribute hair. However, stem cell therapy provides a new adjunct to treating hair loss with promising results, without the need for surgery. In many cases, hair transplant treatments can be avoided with the use of stem cells.
General skin health, like the rest of our bodies, tends to suffer over time from our exposures to the outside word. Sun exposure, harsh chemicals, and even medications can lead to aging of the skin, with reduced volume and elasticity resulting in wrinkles and sagging.
Stem cell therapy has been established as an enhanced treatment for skin rejuvenation and continues to add depth to the various products available for skin health.
Orchidia Medical Group utilizes the restorative benefits of stem cells for a variety of natural, non-invasive treatments including:
If you are interested in learning more about the many healing benefits of stem cells, reach out to the professionals here at Orchidia Medical Group, located in Naples, Fl. Contact us today and schedule your consultation towards improved health and wellness!