Medicine is a fast-advancing science that is almost unrecognizable from the early days. If we traveled back to our grandparents’ hospitals, we would likely cringe back at the procedures. Outdated practices appear barbaric or overcomplicated. There are so many things that were once a death sentence or irreversible that are now a simple treatment.
Think about how devastating infections were. Take Syphilis, for instance. This disease destroyed lives around the world. A diagnosis was often a fatality with a future full of deformity. Nowadays, you just need a round of pulls to cure it.
Modern medicine made many significant achievements, but it’s essential to realize it is not perfect. Medicine is not static and will continue to advance and grow as a field. It is no surprise that new research introduces concepts that look like science fiction to modern medicine. Regenerative medicine is one such intriguing and cutting-edge scientific field.
What is the aim of regenerative medicine?
Regenerative medicine is a chief example of where science meets fantasy. As the name suggests, it is an approach to medicine interested in regeneration. Regenerative medicine refers to a field exploring tissue treatment where restorative techniques allow doctors to repair, grow, or replace tissues.
Instead of using human donors, model animal tissues, or machines, regenerative medicine uses regenerated tissues. Many benefits come with this approach, making it an ideal situation.
- No Uncertain Waiting Period
Anyone who experienced organ donation knows the struggle of an unknown waiting period. When you are on a donor list, you need always to be ready. The phone call can come in the middle of the night or during a busy meeting. The second you get that call, you need to get up and leave. You must prepare every day as though it’s the day you will receive a transplant. This routine is incredibly stressful, especially when so much time goes by and you never know if you will ever receive that phone call in time. With regenerative medicine, you would know when to expect tissues. It would be a matter of how long it would take, not if you would ever get it.
- No Rejection
The phone call is not the only thing you need to worry about. Once you have that transplant, so much can go wrong. Firstly, your donor needs to be compatible with you. There are so many factors going into this; it can take years to find a match. Having a match does not guarantee everything will be okay. Rejection is a significant problem with any transplant. Whether you need to replace a small tissue or an entire organ, your body may attack the foreign tissue. Regenerative medicine research explores the possibility of using your tissue. When doctors use someone’s own tissue, their body won’t mistake it for an enemy because the tissue won’t be foreign.
- Minimal Medication
Between reducing the chances of rejection and adapting the body to deal with artificial parts’ problems, daily medication is often a part of transplants. Regenerative medicine may reduce the amount of medication needed. Additionally, learning how to repair or replace damaged tissue may solve other medicated health problems. New kidneys or livers may also treat chronic conditions that currently require lifelong medication.
- New Cures (Theoretically)
The theoretical field of regenerative medicine is fascinating. The implications of discoveries introduce us to an exciting new future. While it is difficult to understand precisely where research is going, looking at current findings gives us an idea of where it could head. If we can repair and replace tissues with customized cells, it could theoretically offer treatments to previously incurable problems. For one example, look at paraplegia or quadriplegia. After a traumatic incident, like an automobile accident, some individuals experience intense injuries that require a little bit more than a trip to the pain clinic. Breaking your spine is much more than whiplash or some back pain—individuals experiencing these accidents never fully recover their walking again. However, regenerative medicine investigating stem cell research thinks this may not have to be the case forever. While we are still aware of a cure, many experts believe stem cells may repair what doctors alone cannot.
You might be wondering if it is so perfect, why aren’t more we just using it? Unfortunately, it is not as easy as it seems. Perfecting these complicated techniques takes a lot of time, effort, and resources to accomplish. While the scientific community came a long way and made some brilliant accomplishments, we still have a long way to go before getting many of these procedures into a clinic near you.
Is regenerative medicine here to stay?
Whenever you hear about a new and exciting new treatment, it’s tempting to ask yourself whether or not you think it is here to stay. We can confidently say that regenerative medicine is more than some fad. It is a groundbreaking field that will reinvent what people expect from their health care providers.
While it feels like science fiction now, it is only a matter of time before many of these practices become commonplace. Embracing new and cutting-edge techniques is crucial to giving patients the best chance they have for a healthy recovery. Never forget to support research adventures so that science can continue advancing.
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