No, I would not endorse stem cell therapy for your husband nor would I endorse it for almost anyone. Stem therapy/treatment is still considered experimental with scant scientific and clinical trial review. There is no regulatory oversight of clinics and practitioners. The therapy is rife with quasi-snake oil practitioners who hang a shingle outside of an office and milk patients for money, all while placing people at risk (Medicare will not pay for stem cell injections nor the majority of and private insurance plans).
The closest analogy I can give is unscrupulous body spas who promote collagen fillers - and leave people with grossly disfigured lips and cheeks when the injected collagen filler migrates.
Buyer beware. Due diligence is essential.
As a society, we continue to seek a holy grail of youth and endless longevity. The body ages and wears with time. There is no silver bullet.
Stem cells are not all created equal. Stem cells harvested and separated in a lab from the adipose tissue of a 55 year old are not as viable and unlimited in their potential as are umbilical core blood taken from a newborn. Nor are stem cells derived from adipose tissue as “good” as stem cells derived from bone marrow. There are innate differences in stem cells themselves, and rarely/never is this qualitative diffeeence noted in marketing or articles aimed at the general populace. The simple reality is that stem cells derived from the adipose tissue of a 55 year old are not going to be robust. The cells are not equivalent to umbilical core blood cells. The healing and regeneration potentials of adipose derived stem cells as one ages is far more limited then people’s expectations.
Where stem cell therapy may hold promise, I believe, will more likely be as an adjunct in healing/restoration of sports-medicine type injuries and deficits in younger aged individuals. Ex. Stem cell injection in the knee following ACL repair as a supportive enhancement to the body’s natural healing. Ex. Stem cell injection in the hip/knee joint space to stimulate articular surface smoothing where there is mild pocketing or mild bony arthritis/wear and tear.
Right now, the science of adipose tissue harvested stem cell therapy remains un-answered and debatable. There are anecdotal stories of people deriving some benefit (knees, hips with osteoarthritis) but no analytical data from controlled studies.
Risks remain and are real. Adipose tissue must be harvested, separated into its cellular components, and then reinjected into the patient (allograft). As there is no established or universal protocol for this separation process, there are risks of contamination. There are documented cases where patients have become septic due to
bacterial contamination (due to lack of sterile technique in the lab during the separation process), necessitating prolonged hospitalization and dialysis. There is a case in Florida last year where a woman became blind in both eyes after bilateral stem cell injections to treat macular degeneration.
I could go on and on . . . You get the drift.
Anyone who wants to proceed with allograft stem cell therapy (stem cells derived from one’s own tissues) needs to have their eyes wide
open and be exacting in tending to due diligence. The therapy is evolving and remains experimental. More needs to be learned and understood.
Under no circumstances should anyone even remotely entertain stem cell therapy that involves tissue transfer from another person. There are high risks with unleashing the immune system associated with tissue transfer that is not one’s own.
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