Stem cell treatments are one type of regenerative medicine treatment you may have been thinking about recently. If so, one of your next questions is most likely how long will stem cell treatments last?
Let’s tackle this question from a scientific perspective and review some of the studies that give us the answer.
1. Korean Doctors Believe Stem Cell Treatments Last 2 Years
In Korea, eighteen patients with an average age of 54-1/2 years old were given stem cell injected into their arthritic knees. After about 2 years (24-26 months), the scores of the patients on the Osteoarthritis Index decreased 40%. Their results had stood the test of time.
But there was more than just this. The doctors had created a whole-organ MRI score for each patient – and these scores improved from 60 points to 48.3 points, an improvement of 19.5 percent. The cartilage in the whole body improved from 28.3 points to 21.7 points, an improvement of 23%.
No one expected all the cartilage in the body to improve! And think about it – who would expect that not only did the stem cell treatments help the whole body but over the two years, other parts of the body were improving. When does medical treatment do this? The truth is that it only happens with regenerative medicine’s stem cell treatments.
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2. Iranian Doctors Believe 2-1/2 Years is Time Period of How Long Will Stem Cell Treatments Last
In this Iranian study, 18 patients received their own bone marrow stem cell injections into various joints – hip, knee, or ankle – and their cases were followed for 30 months. The stem cell treatments lasted the whole 30 months.
The doctors noted that there was an increased ability to walk, less pain, and lower scores on the osteoarthritis index. There were no severe side effects such as death, blood clot in the lungs, or complications that affected the entire body. Some had a little skin redness or rash. None of them had any tumors or changes in cells that indicated abnormal growth.
The stem cell injection treatments are safe and therapeutically beneficial, the doctors said. They want to do further research on how long the stem cell treatments last.
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3. Austrian Researchers Test Stem Cells for 55 Months
In B cell lymphoma, it’s common for patients to relapse. Doctors in Austria decided to use autologous stem cell transplantation to replace the normal treatments to see what could happen and whether or not it would benefit the patients.
Forty-one patients were given the treatment and compared to the normal treatment without stem cells. The patients receiving the stem cell treatments did not have any lung or kidney toxicities or any deaths. After four years, 72.6% of the patients were still alive due to the stem cells.
4. Longest Follow-Up Study Was 18 Years
In France at the University of Paris, 342 patients received bone marrow stem cells for a condition called avascular necrosis of the hip. This is where the hip starts dying because it isn’t receiving blood supply. With hip replacements, the belief now is that they only last between a decade and 20 years.
What Patients Are Saying About Their Stem Cell Treatments
Another way to look at the answer to this question is to see what happens to patients in the interim – and is it better than what else could be medically offered to them?
Here are a few videos on what happened to patients in a stroke study performed at Stanford University and a stem cell patient that received them for his heart disease. Check them out and see what you think:
For another example of the effectiveness of stem cell treatments, read this article from the Huffington Post: Man Who Was Paralyzed Receives Experimental Treatment, Can Now Use Hands.
These are only four of the studies on the topic but all of these prove that stem cell treatments aren’t something like Botox that only lasts up to six months or a year at max. The patients in these studies did not get second treatments. They received one treatment and then their case was followed for months to years.
The stem cell treatments were not associated with any negative side effects. Interestingly, there are internet reports of people dying or having serious side effects from stem cell treatments; however, none of the scientists in these studies confirmed any such thing. Instead what was confirmed was long-term relief of symptoms and the restoration of function. There was also a reduction of pain.
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One thing that is also seen is that the benefits and improvement seen from the stem cell treatments are always better than the results from what is currently used in medicine. Stem cell treatment results are better than cortisone injections and pain medications that never do anything to regenerate or build up an ailing joint. Stem cells do exactly that.
There’s also a much higher rate of patient satisfaction for the stem cell treatments as opposed to other treatments. These days, many patients will look a doctor squarely in the face and say, “You want to give me ANOTHER drug when all the rest are not working?” They are tired of dealing with side effects and therapies that simply don’t work.
Regenerative medicine is a breath of fresh air for patients who have the option now of getting their life back without expecting high rates of complications and finding themselves in the state where they have an improved quality of life. They are now much more functional. And that says a lot for itself.
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