What is Stem Cell Therapy?
Like the phrase “stem cell” itself, “stem cell therapy” is often used to describe a variety of different medical therapies that utilize stem cells in some form to treat a patient. Sometimes the term is used incorrectly to refer to platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections. The term is also used to refer to stem cell transplants, also known as bone marrow transplants.
Most commonly “stem cell therapy” is used to describe a procedure where the patient’s adult stem cells and other potentially regenerative cells are harvested from a tissue sample of either fat or bone marrow taken from the patient. These regenerative cells are then used to treat specific injuries typically by injecting them into the affected area. It should be said that this type of stem cell therapy is currently not FDA approved and clinics performing these therapies in the US are doing so without regulatory oversight.
At InGeneron we use the term “regenerative cell therapy” since there are many different cell types and regenerative properties collected and used by our therapy along with adult stem cells. Importantly we do not treat patients outside of our approved clinical trials and we are dedicated to developing ethical FDA approved therapies through rigorous clinical research.