Worldhealth.net recognizes the importance of stem cells in the medical industry despite the attention from critics. There are a plethora of new medical discoveries involving stem cells all the time.
The article gives a brief overview of what stem cells are.
“Unlike most cells in the body, stem cells are unspecialized, meaning they have the potential to transform into another type of cell, with special functions under the right physiologic and experimental conditions. These are the same cells that are typically found in bone marrow, and are common in hip replacement therapy.”
Statistics with Hip Replacement Therapy
According to the article, there are 330,000 hip replacements performed every single year in the United States. Thankfully the surgery can last for about 20 years. However, it’s common for orthopedics to be concerned for people who need a hip replacement in their 50s. They’re worried because this means that these patients in their 50s may need another hip replacement in their lifetime.
The procedure is pretty invasive. A hip replacement involves cutting the thighbone with a saw and attaching an artificial joint to the thighbone with cement or a special material. Not to mention downtime, rehabilitation after surgery, pain etc etc etc. It’s unfortunate that someone has to go through this surgery once. Twice would be miserable.
Stem Cell Therapy
It’s now obvious that new cartilage can be grown from stem cells. The article explains that you can get these cells from a person’s own body; mainly in the fat under the skin. However, we know that you can also get stem cells from a C-section birth.
During a scheduled C-section, hospitals used to discard of everything left behind after the birth. Now we have found that there are stem cells that can be used for a variety of treatments. What was once thrown away is now processed at an FDA approved lab and used for treatments like arthritis and chronic hip pain.
These cells reside in the umbilical cord blood, the amniotic fluid, and the amniotic sac. This is why the stem cells from this area are referred to as amniotic stem cells. The mother has to opt-in to this and no one or anything is harmed during the process.
Stem Cell Therapy for Hip Pain
Traditional surgery is becoming less and less common, which is great. Everyone who is experiencing hip pain is looking for long-term solutions without short-term consequences.
The article mentions that inserting these cells into the affected areas of the hip can lead to anti- inflammatory properties, which aids in the relief of arthritis pain and prevent the disease from reoccurring.
The article mentions,
“It is predicted that the younger population may be ideal candidates for the new and upcoming biological hip or joint replacement, due to sports, degenerative bone diseases and severe arthritis. The key to a successful therapy is to identify, isolate and treat the condition. In this case, the end results are to reduce the high levels of pain-causing molecules, and protect the newly formed cartilage, while promoting long-term performance.”
(July 25, 2016). Stem Cells Provide Alternative to Hip Replacement Surgery [Blog ]. Retrieved from http://www.worldhealth.net/news/stem-cells-provide-alternative-hip-replacement-sur/