Regenerative Medicine: Cost, Risk, Recovery

Overview

Regenerative medicine is a broad concept. It is the science that uses stem cells and platelet-rich plasma to repair damaged organs and tissues in the body. At the same time, normal form and function of the organs will also be restored and established. Doctors usually make use of a wide range of materials, including cells, tissues, drugs, synthetic bio-materials and devices to solve all sorts of problems for patients. If used in more fields, regenerative medicine is likely to solve the long-standing organ shortage crisis for those in great need of organ transplant.

Costs

The exact cost of regenerative medicine varies considerably depending on the complexity of specific treatment, geographic locations, and the skill and fame of a doctor. For example, the cost of a single PRP injection typically ranges from $500 to $2,000. Bone marrow stem cell injections range from $2,000 to $5,000 or more.

Risks

A patient who takes a stem cell therapy is at the risk of developing infections but they only occur in rare circumstances.

Potential risks for stem cell medications takers include:

  • tumor formation
  • unwanted immune responses
  • the transmission of adventitious agents

Preparation

There are a few things that you may prepare in advance for most procedures that involve regenerative medicine:

  • Take your supplements followed with the instructions
  • Avoid sugary foods or drinks, alcohol, caffeine in any form and nicotine and eat a light, protein-rich meal instead
  • Avoid taking strenuous activities prior to your appointment
  • Confirm the steps you need to take
  • Leave yourself adequate time for adjusting to new life after your treatment

Surgical steps

Basically, regenerative medicine focuses on four tasks:

  • Obtaining cells from a patient in a non-invasive way for isolating and culturing them later
  • Reprogramming these cells with different functions
  • Differentiating these cells into the cell type relevant to their disease
  • Repairing any intrinsic disease-causing genetic defects
  • Transplanting the repaired, differentiated cells into the patient

Recovery

After your stem cell treatment is done, you need to stay in the hospital for weeks or even months. Your blood cell levels will go down due to the chemotherapy and/or radiation that you’ve received before the treatment. In the forthcoming 7 to 10 days, your doctors will constantly test your blood to detect the growth of new blood cells. You’ll stay in the hospital until your immune system recovers and your doctors are sure that your treatment is successful.

Keywords: regenerative medicine, stem cell treatment.

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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.