What is Regenerative Medicine?

18 Jul 2019 Health & Wellness

Understanding what regenerative medicine is will help you make an informed decision about which treatment option will work best for your particular needs. At Waterfront Health and Wellness, they offer a wide selection of services that are designed to help improve your ailments, such as regenerative medicine.

What is Regenerative Medicine?

Regenerative medicine works to replace tissue or organs that have been damaged rather than just treating the symptoms associated with these ailments. By working toward new techniques for restoring structure and function to damaged tissues and organs, regenerative medicine approaches new ways to cure previously untreatable injuries and diseases.

Concentrations in the Field of Regenerative Medicine

There are three concentrations in the field of regenerative medicine that can be combined to help amplify the natural healing process in areas of the body that need it most. The different concentrations in the field of regenerative medicine are:

Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials

Tissue engineering works by implanting biologically compatible scaffolds into the body at the site where new tissue needs to form. This biologically compatible scaffold is designed in the shape of the tissue the body needs to generate in order to help attract the cells needed to create new tissue in the desired shape. While this type of regenerative medicine is still in its infancy, there has been some success with soft tissue regeneration.

Cellular Therapies

Cellular therapies work by harvesting adult stem cells from the human body so that the cells can be injected back into the body in order to help reconstruct diseased or damaged tissue. Stem cells can be collected from different parts of the human body, such as from blood, fat, bone marrow, dental pulp, and skeletal muscles. Over the years, scientists and clinicians have continued to develop and refine their abilities to prepare harvested stem cells to be injected into patients.

Medical Devices and Artificial Organs

While the current clinical strategy for replacing a failing organ is to transplant an organ from a donor, the concentration of regenerative medicine that focuses on medical devices and artificial organs is working toward being able to implant a device that will replace the function of a failing organ, such as a heart, kidney, liver, or lung. Being able to replace a failing organ with a device will help cut down on many of the challenges currently associated with organ donation like the availability and suitability of donor organs.

If you would like to learn more about what regenerative medicine is, or if you are interested in one of their services, please contact Waterfront Health & Wellness at 1-360-306-8554. They are a health and wellness clinic that is proud to provide services to clients throughout Vancouver and the surrounding areas.