Stem Cell Therapy in Edmonton

WHAT IS STEM CELL THERAPY?

Stem cell therapy uses the body’s own stem cells to heal or stimulate the growth of various tissues within the body. Stem cells have the unique ability to differentiate and change into any type of tissue in the body. This makes them very useful because we can recruit them to damaged areas in order to promote the growth new cells and speed healing of the damaged area.


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Dr. Anil Sharma MD
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Simply put, stem cell therapy takes blank stem cells and injects them into an area of damage. These cells replicate and match the cells around it, effectively healing the area from the inside out.

It’s an advanced medical treatment, and an area of great interest for medical doctors, researchers, and corporations. This interest has lead to significant advancements in the past 10 years, allowing safe and effective treatment with stem cells for a wide variety of conditions.

WHAT IS IT USED FOR?

Stem cell therapy is used for conditions involving inflammation and degeneration of cellular tissues virtually anywhere in the body. One of the most common uses is within the musculoskeletal system where it’s used to treat conditions like torn ligaments, muscle atrophy, bone damage, and joint degeneration.

Stem cell therapy is also used in the skin to promote the production of new skin cells to increase collagen, and elastin which make the skin look healthier and tighter. It’s also commonly used in the hairline to stimulate the growth of follicles that have become slow or stopped producing hair altogether. By injecting stem cells into the area we can stimulate the normal growth of hair more readily.

Overall stem cell therapy has many uses, and each year new applications are added to the pool. In the Sharma clinic we have 4 main uses for this incredible technology:

  • Hair Loss
  • Stem Cell Face Lifts
  • Orthopedic Injuries
  • Arthritis

WHERE DO STEM CELLS COME FROM?

Stem cells can be found throughout the body, in the blood, the bones, and in fat.  Isolating them from these tissues can be difficult depending on the location. Currently, the best source of human stem cells is embryonic tissue, located only within a developing embryo. This brings with it a lot of controversy, and is not how we source our stem cells at the Sharma Hair & Skin Clinic.

The easiest place to obtain viable stem cells is through the blood plasma, bone marrow, or adipose tissue (fat cells).

Stem cells can be obtained from:

  • Bone marrow
  • Human embryonic tissue
  • Adipose (fat) cells
  • Serum (blood stream)

The Different Types Of Stem Cells

There are in fact roughly four different types of stem cells, each with slightly different characteristics:

  • Embryonic stem cells
  • Tissue-specific stem cells
  • Mesenchymal stem cells
  • Induced pluripotent stem cells

Embryonic stem cells

Embryonic stem cells are taken from a newly fertilised egg cell. The early embryo (known as blastocysts) is the purest source of stem cells available, but only yields a small amount of stem cells for use. This means that if using embryonic stem cells, the cells will need to be grown and multiplied in a lab setting if they are to be used.

What makes embryonic stem cells so useful is something called “pluripotency”. This means that these stem cells can differentiate into any other type of cell found in the human body.

Adult stem cells

Also known as somatic stem cells, these stem cells are found in different areas of the body and are more specialised than embryonic stem cells. This means that they are more limited in their use because they can’t differentiate into a new cell type. Stem cells taken from fat tissue for example can easily differentiate into similar cell types like skin, ligament, or fat cells, but can’t differentiate into something like a nerve or liver cell.

Mesenchymal Stem Cells

Mesenchymal stem cells come from the connective tissue surrounding the organs in our body. These stem cells are able to differentiate into cartilage and fat cells, and are capable of increasing bone mass. This has made mesenchymal stem cells useful for conditions involving orthopedic injuries, bone loss, and arthritis or other joint degenerative conditions.

Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

This stem cell type has been developed as a way to make adult stem cells more useful for other conditions. These stem cells have been engineered in a lab to behave more like embryonic stem cells. This makes the use of pluripotent stem cells cheaper and more available for scientific research, however, there are some slight differences with induced pluripotent stem cells that limits their use compared to true embryonic stem cells.

How Stem Cell Therapy Works

The process of stem cell therapy involves extraction of the source tissue. This can include either blood or fat (adipose) tissue after liposuction. These cells are then placed into a specialised machine that separates all the different cell types in the sample. We can then extract the layer of stem cells and concentrate them for use.

The process is very quick, yielding a high amount of adult stem cells that can then be injected into the target area for treatment.


Edmonton Stem Cell Therapy
Dr. Anil Sharma MD
Stem Cell Treatment Questions?
Contact Dr. Sharma 

780-476-7970
or book a professional consultation with Dr. Sharma

Edmonton Stem Cell Treatments