A new ray of hopeMedical research and technology has long prevented and cured several infectious diseases. Yet, we were still on the lookout for ways to treat neurodegenerative diseases such as Dementia, Motor Neuron Diseases (MNDs), Parkinson's, Autism, and Cerebral Palsy. But with the discovery of stem cell therapy, scores of patients suffering from these debilitating illnesses have a new ray of hope.
What are stem cells?
Stem cells are progenitor cells that can differentiate into specialized cells and multiply into new ones. They move to target areas, transform into characteristic cells of tissues (muscles or nerves), and replace damaged cells. Today, we can extract, artificially grow, and transplant them into the body to treat neurodegenerative and autoimmune disorders.
Principles of stem cell therapy
There are two types of stem cell therapies used in most neurodegenerative and autoimmune disorders, which are:
Autologous therapyPatients are treated using stem cells derived from their own bone marrow, or adipose (fat) tissue.
Allogeneic therapyPatients are treated with stem cells derived from a donor.
At Plexus, we only provide autologous stem cell therapy. With cells obtained from the patient’s own blood, bone marrow, or fat, this is a safe procedure that helps ensure zero adverse effects.
Stem cell procedure entails the following phases: