Skin's main function is to protect our internal organs against damage, injury, impact, temperature, radiation, and other foreign substances. However, serious (even life-threatening) complications can occur when a persistent skin wound remains open and exposed. For those suffering with persistent wounds, stem cell therapy now offers hope for rapid healing.A recent BennuLife patient said:
"I had an infection in my scalp for four years. It turned to sepsis twice. I visited a dozen dermatologists, two infectious disease docs, my personal doc, a natural path doc, and I spent a week at MAYO. I also bought hundreds of dollars of supplements. Nothing worked. Four days after a BennuLife stem cell procedure, the infection was gone, and has not returned. I'm a believer."
Normal Healing Process
In healthy individuals, normal skin healing occurs in a well-orchestrated system of inflammation, matrix formation, and remodeling.
However, for those with diabetes, obesity, compromised immune system or paralysis, wound healing often becomes a complex and difficult process. For some, wounds may never fully heal.
Infection is the major concern, but the wound can also affect a person's health and quality of life. Cuts or injuries on the feet or legs can make it difficult to walk or exercise without pain.
A range of issues could be responsible for a lack of healing:
· Reduced blood supply to the wounded area
· Insufficient healthy tissue surrounding the wound
· Advanced age
· Hormone imbalance
· Certain medications
· Poor nutrition
Wound care specialists may recommend a variety of treatments that include advanced drugs, medications, and wound dressings, but despite all the research, care, and measures taken, some wounds are more persistent and resistant to healing efforts. Chronic open wounds pose a major risk of infection and can also be incredibly painful for the patient.
The epithelium of the skin is in a constant state of self-renewal and wound healing is a natural and fairly rapid process. But, in the case of severe skin conditions like burns or diabetes, the body’s own repair process is insufficient to achieve an optimum result.
Wounds are putting a major strain on our healthcare system
Wounds are a growing burden on the healthcare system in the United States. This problem, unfortunately, is expected to become worse, driven by our aging population and the increasing prevalence of obesity and diabetes. Current wound care techniques have limited success. Additionally, they are very expensive to treat. To illustrate, the cost of wound care and treatment is currently estimated at anywhere between $28 billion and $31.7 billion per year in the US, the first number indicating the cost of care if the wound is the primary diagnosis, the higher number representing wound care as a secondary diagnosis.
Understandably, healthcare is continually searching for new, better, and more economical options to improve clinical outcomes and reduce this onerous burden on our health system.
Some treatment options currently being used for non-healing skin wounds include:
● Compression devices
● Growth factor application
● Skin grafting
● Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
● Stem cell therapy
Stem cell therapy for wound healing
Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells are a viable option for healing resistant wound treatment as they have the ability to self-renew and differentiate into a range of different cell types. This action has proven to be crucial for tissue renewal and for healthy cell regeneration following an injury.
Proven by clinical research
Research shows that bone marrow-derived stem cells introduced to chronic wounds can be effective at expediting the healing process. It leads to dermal rebuilding and closure of open, non-healing wounds. Additionally, patients tend to show greatly reduced scarring when this treatment was applied during and after surgical procedures.
At Bennulife, we have had great success in treating a variety of non-healing wounds using a patient’s own mesenchymal (adult) stem cells. The process is fairly simple, performed in our office, and can be completed in less than an hour.
Wound-healing stem cell therapy is often effective even when other treatments have failed. Here is what you can expect:
1. Our board-certified orthopedic surgeons perform a quick bone marrow aspiration from your iliac crest (also known as the hip bone). This procedure is done under local anesthesia and most patients report only mild discomfort.
2. We use an FDA-compliant and patented device that spins down the bone marrow and concentrates the cells. Our doctors are then able to accurately remove up to 90 percent of the mesenchymal stem cells from the sample, along with the powerful, healing growth factors found in your bone marrow.
3. The doctor will inject this ultra-concentrated sample into and around the non-healing wound.
4. There is absolutely no down-time for this procedure. Following your appointment, you will be able to immediately go back to your daily activities, return to work, or whatever you like.
The best part of stem cell therapy for the treatment of chronic wounds is that you won’t have to wait months to find out if it’s working or not. Most of our patients notice a significant improvement in their wound in as little as one week.