“Mesenchymal” Stem Cells
With respect to Stem Cell Therapy, it is helpful to first understand what stem cells are and the purpose they serve within our body. A stem cell in general terms is any cell that can both replicate and differentiate. This means that a stem cell by definition can not only multiply, it can also turn into different types of tissues. And while there are different types of adult stem cells in our body, “Mesenchymal” Adult Stem Cells are the the type of stem cells that our physicians are using enhance plastic surgery procedures, in therapy for joint conditions and injuries, as well as therapies for certain conditions and diseases as an alternative to invasive surgical procedures such as hip and knee replacement or fusing spinal Vertebrae.
Where do Mesenchymal Stem Cells come from and how do they help?
Mesenchymal Stem Cells are found in blood, bone marrow, and body fat; the “mesodermal” areas of our body. Most Stem Cell Therapy centers around the world collect mesenchymal stem cells from bone marrow. However, the advanced systems we use at Pangenics Regenerative Center here in Jacksonville allow our Stem Cell Surgeons to collect large quantities of mesenchymal stem cells from a patients own unwanted body fat; “adipose”, (or fat derived) stem cells. Adult mesenchymal stem cells collected from a patient’s own body fat can be safely harvested under local anesthesia and are very abundant. Fat derived mesenchymal stem cells are often 2500 times the quantities over those derived from bone marrow. Our research shows this to be very important, as Stem Cell Therapy success and favorable outcomes appear to be directly related to the quantity of adult stem cells applied to the respective therapy.
Remembering that stem cells have the ability to regenerate and differentiate, mesenchymal stem cells have the ability to help form new mesenchymal stem cells such as those that make up cartilage, bone, ligaments, tendons, nerves, fat, muscle, blood vessels and even certain internal organs.
The Mesenchymal Stem Cells apparent ability to form cartilage and bone make Stem Cell Therapy, (while still in the research stages) a very attractive alternative as a therapy for degenerative orthopedic conditions and the possibility of joint replacement. Mesenchymal Stem Cells’ ability to form new fat cells can enhance a variety of cosmetic surgical procedures, and their ability to form new blood vessels and smooth muscle makes them potentially useful therapy for Peyronies disease, impotence and certain forms of erectile dysfunction as well as enhancing the results of plastic surgery procedures and cosmetic treatments. These are only a few of the conditions we are studying here in Jacksonville at Pangenics Regenerative Center.
Under our National IRB we have collected anecdotal and experimental evidence that Stem Cell Therapy is effective in healing and in regeneration in general. Stem cells are much like our body’s own internal maintenance department. Stem cells actually respond to the distress calls from damaged cells within our body, and replace and regenerate the damaged tissue. Stem Cell Therapy simply expedites this naturally occurring function of our body by helping 1000’s more stem cells rapidly reach the damaged tissue and begin their work.