Stem cell therapy was only a theory a decade or two ago, but now the therapy has become available to the general public across the United States. Since August 2010, the preferred embryonic stem cells are being used to treat a variety of conditions.
Embryonic stem cell therapy is ideal to use because these cells reproduce into whatever type cell needs healing including cartilage, blood cells, brain cells, or bone marrow. This new technology is being used to fulfill damaged neurons from a spinal cord injury or repair heart muscles after a heart attack. Embryonic stem cells have been successfully used in correcting Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions as well as producing insulin to treat people with diabetes.
One of the most common conditions where stem cell therapy is successful is in treating pain and tissue damage in joints. Stem cells are injected directly into shoulders and knees to prevent patients from surgery and/or artificial joints. At New England Center for Hair Restoration, we use stem cell therapy to restore lost or thinning hair.
What to Expect in Stem Cell Therapy
The process is not difficult. The doctor obtains FDA-approved stem cells to increase hair growth in the scalp. The stem cells are carefully injected into the affected area right in the office.
Even though the FDA has approved stem cell therapy with approved embryonic cells, the insurance field has not embraced covering the products and treatments. Typically, if surgeons and doctors are using stem cells during surgery, insurance covers the procedure, but rarely does national insurance cover the stem cells in private treatments. Today, they typically cover the staff and the procedure, but not the product, so this cost is left to the patient.
FDA-approved stem cells are harvested from women who donate the umbilical cord from their newborn, so no lives are taken in the process. Below are some of the advantages associated with the treatment:
- Cell reproduction stimulates hair restoration.
- Research is continually improving stem cell therapy.
- The FDA is actively involved and authorizing more stem cell use for patients.
If you are interested in learning more about this revolutionary treatment and how it may be able to benefit you, contact New England Center for Hair Restoration today! We are conveniently located in Westwood and North Attleboro, MA.