09 May Stem Cell Therapy as a Treatment For Urinary Incontinence
Urinary incontinence is a bothersome condition for many adults, most of them being elderly individuals. Almost a 1/3 of men and women in the United States experience this condition every year. Treatments for the condition generally help the symptoms but do not treat the underlying cause. That’s where stem cell therapy comes in. Stem cells have the ability to heal the bladder, treating the cause of your urinary incontinence, not just covering it up.
What Is Stem Cell Therapy?
Without stem cells, our body would be unable to make any of our other cells. There are many different ways doctors can now harvest stem cells. These methods include, but are not limited to, embryonic stem cells, adult stem cells, adult cells that have been turned into embryonic stem cells, and perinatal stem cells. Adipose-derived stem cells are taken from a patient’s fat tissue. Adipose mesenchymal stem cells are important because of their ability to become other mesenchymal cells, like bone cells, muscle cells, fat cells, cartilage cells, and many other cells. Fat-derived stem cells are abundant in the body and often used to regenerate injured cells. Harvesting fat cells is a very minimally invasive procedure, making it better than taking out bone marrow cells. Fat cells regenerative properties also do not decline as you age, like other stem cells.
What Is Urinary Incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine outside of the restroom. It means a person urinates when they do not want to. Control over the urinary sphincter is either lost or weakened. This condition is more common in women than men, due to the weakening of the urinary muscles during childbirth. Obesity and smoking are risk factors in developing urinary incontinence. The chances of it happening increase with age. Bladder control and pelvic floor, or Kegel, exercises can help prevent or reduce the symptoms. Treatments for the condition include bladder exercises, medications, the insertion of medical devices, and in the worst cases surgery.
How Can Stem Cell Therapy Treat Urinary Incontinence?
Recently, stem cells have been used to stop the progression of urinary incontinence, and reverse the effects in the bladder, leading to better use of the bladder muscles. The stem cells treat the issue at the source, rather than using other methods to control or cover up symptoms. They work by repairing the injured tissue in the bladder that is causing your urinary incontinence. Stem cells are a great long-term solution to look into with your doctor. They can reduce the overall cost of preventive measures and medication.