A pediatric surgeon with more than two decades of experience, Mark Holterman, MD, teaches medical students and residents at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and serves as the chief medical officer for Mariam Global Health. Dr. Mark Holterman also maintains an interest in stem cell therapy and has published numerous articles on the subject. Stem cell therapies offer multiple benefits to patients, as outlined below.
1. Treats a wide range of conditions. From cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases to orthopedic injuries, cellular therapies can treat a broad spectrum of medical conditions. Research indicates that cellular therapies can help stimulate the repair and growth of blood vessel tissues surrounding the heart and offer relief from degenerative symptoms associated with neurodegenerative diseases. Medical researchers also suspect that adult stem cells may possess the ability to help patients with autoimmune diseases and diabetes.
2. Promotes wound healing. Stem cell therapy accelerates tissue growth and boosts the body’s production of collagen, a protein found in skin, muscles, bones, blood vessels, and the digestive system that strengthens skin and replaces dead cells. The increase of collagen concentration tightens damaged tissue and reduces scars by growing healthy tissue.
3. Improved success for transplants. Cellular therapies give patients the option to transplant cells from one area of their body to another, which decreases the possibility of a rejection response.