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What is Regenerative Medicine?: The New and Exciting Field

Regenerative Medicine sounds futuristic, as if it has been pulled out of a science fiction novel. The fact of the matter is, the future of medicine has arrived. Just to the west of us at Wake Forest, you will find them growing new kidneys, stomachs, and bladders by cultivating stem cells.

Every one of us has stem cells in our own bodies, constantly helping to repair, rebuild, and heal. As we age, we have fewer and fewer of our own stem cells to take care of our bodies and heal them appropriately. This is why it takes longer for our bodies to recover from injuries and we can often be left with dysfunction and/or scar tissue.

Regenerative medicine procedures performed in our office include platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapies. PRP is generated from the patient’s own body and injected back into their area of concern. This can be used to treat conditions such as damaged joints, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, peripheral neuropathy, vaginal or penile dysfunction, and can even be used to restore youthful appearance with a vampire facelift.

By using stem cell therapies, the healing process can be supercharged. With a joint injection, cartilage can be built up much faster than it is broken down, saving people from joint replacements. With stem cell infusions, entire organ systems can be treated, including the brain, heart, kidneys, lungs, and pancreas to name a few. After the injection or infusion, stem cells replicate in the body, becoming more stem cells as well as replacing and repairing damaged tissues. The healing process continues on for months, well after you are starting to feel better.

Call us today to find out if you or a loved one has a condition that can be helped with regenerative medicine.

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