such as the use of cellular therapy is widely studied as adjunctive therapy for many conditions including acute injuries in the skeletal-muscular system, as well as in inner organs such as the heart or the brain. Cellular therapy does not replace standard therapies as recommended by the doctors, but may serve as an addition to existing or recommended therapies. At this point in time, cellular therapy is not FDA approved and is considered experimental, however, hundreds of published studies worldwide have shown significant benefits. Cellular therapy might represent one of the most potent future medical therapies.
Cell therapy typically involves taking stem cells, minimally manipulating them, and re-injecting them where you need them. Cellular therapy can come from your own body. They can also be from outside donor material. Such cells do NOT come from embryos, but rather from donated materials usually discarded during natural birth. Theses cells have a wide differentiation potential, are immune-privileged, antimicrobial and are thought to help reduce inflammation and pain. Multiple sources can be combined. Typical sources of cellular therapy include:
Cells are delivered directly to the patient’s blood stream through a vein bolus. Least invasive, body-wide.
Cells are delivered to the patient’s tissue in the area desired through a syringe. Usually for outside tissue and organs
Cells are delivered to the patient’s joints through a syringe. Also localized, but more targeted and usually to affect pain and mobility
A catheter is a thin tube made from medical grade materials that can serve a broad range of functions. In the present context, it can be used to insert cells in the body. Catheter administration provides for more direct and concentrated delivery of cells to internal organs, such as intra-coronary for the heart and through the pulmonary artery for the lungs. Catheterization is a common medical procedure that rarely causes serious problems. However, complications may include bleeding, infection and pain at the insertion site or damage to blood vessels or organ tissue. Less common complications include arrhythmias, low blood pressure and blood clots, that themselves can lead to more serious conditions.