Stem cell therapy offers many benefits to those with a neurological injury or disorder. The goal of the stem cell therapies available at the office of Christopher A. Duma, MD, FACS, is to support the healing of damaged nerves, soft tissues, and organs from the inside out.
Dr. Duma provides minimally invasive stem cell therapy in-office on an outpatient basis. He uses substances from your own body or a prescreened donor to address a range of neurological conditions.
What to know about stem cells
Stem cells have the unique ability to regenerate into any type of cell in the body. There are two types of stem cells used in medical applications to support internal cell repair, including embryonic and adult stem cells.
Embryonic stem cells
Embryonic stem cells are harvested from unused embryos donated to science. The cells are in the inner cell mass of a human embryo in the early stages of development, typically the fourth to seventh day after fertilization of an egg.
These cells are pluripotent stem cells that can develop into any type of cell, including blood, nerve, bone, and organ cells.
Adult stem cells
Adult stem cells are found in bone marrow, brain tissue, skin, and other fully formed tissues. Some stem cells only regenerate into specific types of cells, while others are induced pluripotent stem cells that can become any type of cell.
The term induced means that adult pluripotent stem cells are manipulated in a lab to act more like embryonic stem cells.
Benefits of stem cell therapy in treating neurological conditions
Because stem cells can regenerate into any type of cell, they are useful in the treatment of nerves and other tissues that have been damaged by neurological disorders like:
- Cerebral palsy
- Spinal cord injury
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
Dr. Duma may also recommend stem cell therapy to repair brain tissue damaged by stroke or traumatic injury.
Injections of stem cells harvested from your own body or from donor tissue stimulate your body’s natural healing processes. Over time, new, healthy cells grow and replace those damaged by disease or trauma.
Because the growth of new tissue addresses the root cause of neurological symptoms, many people find fast and lasting symptom relief. Depending on the condition you’re treating, you may also be able to reduce your reliance on medications and still keep your condition well-controlled.
Candidates for stem cell therapy
The stem cell therapies Dr. Duma offers are generally safe and effective for people with chronic symptoms of a neurological condition. We may initially recommend medications, lifestyle changes, and other nonsurgical treatments before considering stem cell injections.
Dr. Duma completes a comprehensive health evaluation to determine if you can tolerate stem cell injections. If you haven’t responded well to medications or other therapies and are otherwise in good health, he customizes a treatment plan for stem cell injections.
You might also benefit from stem cell therapy if you need surgery to repair damaged nerves or other tissues affected by degenerative neurological disorders. Stem cell injections after surgery can expedite your recovery, so you can heal faster and more efficiently.
Call the office of Christopher A. Duma, MD, FACS, in Newport Beach, California, today to schedule a stem cell therapy consultation. You can also book an appointment online.