Truths and Myths of Stem Cell Therapy

Truths and Myths of Stem Cell Therapy

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https://advancedregenmedinstitute.com/ - As a leading provider of PRP and stem cell therapy training for doctors, we field all sorts of questions from both professionals and non-professionals alike. The most frequently asked questions reveal a tremendous amount of ignorance about stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine as a whole. This is a shame. It is often ignorance that slows down innovation where it would otherwise flourish.

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Truths and Myths of Stem Cell Therapy As a leading provider of PRP and stem cell therapy training for doctors, we field all sorts of questions from both professionals and non-professionals alike. The most frequently asked questions reveal a tremendous amount of ignorance about stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine as a whole. This is a shame. It is often ignorance that slows down innovation where it would otherwise flourish.
In an attempt to bring some clarity, we have come up with several truths and myths related to stem cell therapy. Should you have any questions about what you read here, those questions can be answered in any of our regenerative medicine training courses. Truth: Autologous Stem Cell Treatments Are Safe The therapies we teach in our training programs utilize only autologous material. Autologous material is blood and/or stem cell material taken directly from the patient being treated. The material is then processed before being injected at the treatment site. By its very nature, autologous material is safe. Because a person is being treated with his or her own blood platelets or stem cells, there is very little risk of complication or infection. All doctors are doing is transferring material from one site to another site within the same body. Myth: Stem Cell Treatments Are Unproven Often times you read news headlines referring to stem cell treatments as being 'unproven'. While some treatments may be just that, making such a blanket statement is both inaccurate and patently unfair. Stem cell treatments have been around since the 1970sincluding one very common treatment used to address leukemia with proven results. As for hard data, numerous studies have been produced just in the last 10 years alone. They can be easily searched on the National Institutes of Health NCBI website.
Myth: Stem Cell Treatments Are Unregulated Hand-in-hand with the unproven argument is the myth that stem cell treatments are unregulated. They are not. The FDA is very clear about the definition of autologous material and how it can be used. As long as doctors do not perform treatments outside of the current scope, they do not have to have individual procedures approved. Having said that, theFDA approved its first autologous procedure to repair damaged knee cartilage late in 2016. This procedure involves a product known as Maci. Keep in mind that the FDA only approves treatments after applicants demonstrate said treatments actually work. Also understand that approved treatments are regulated treatments. Truth: Stem Cell Treatments Are Not a Cure-All It is true that stem cell treatments are not a cure-all for every ailment man suffers from. In fact, the practical uses of stem cell and PRP therapies are limited at this time. The previously stated leukemia treatment is one example, the kinds of treatments we teach doctorsprimarily musculoskeletal treatmentsround out what is currently available. Research is ongoing in an attempt to find other applications. Myth: Stem Cell Treatment Is an Invasive Surgery Critics of stem cell therapy like to play semantic games by saying the use of needles for extraction and injection make treatment just as invasive as surgery. By the technical definition of the word, piercing the skin with a needle is invasive. But stem cell therapy and surgery are not even in the same ballpark for invasiveness. Stem cell therapy is minimally invasive while surgery is as invasive as it can be. The misinformation surrounding PRP and stem cell therapies should not prevent you from undergoing training so that you can offer the treatments to patients. For more information about our training, feel free to contactAdvanced Regenerative Medicine Institute(ARMI) at your earliest convenience.