Stem Cell Banking

With technological advancements and technology's entrance into the medical sector, we have experienced huge developments.

Today, many diseases that were once considered non-curable can be cured. It includes the likes of thalassemia, lymphoma, and leukaemia. 

While several technological innovations excite us in the medical world, very few have been able to gather as much attention as stem cell banking. With its help, medical experts can substantially improve human life expectancy and cure many life-threatening diseases. 

So, what is stem cell banking, and why should you care? Read on to find out more about it. 

What Are Stem Cells? 

Researchers say that stem cell therapy is the next evolutionary step in medical technology that will reduce the cost of transplantation.

In simple words, as stem cells are the master cells, they can replace or regenerate any cells in the body, such as blood cells, muscle cells, bone cells, and brain cells, which may help treat any future medical conditions in the growth phase. 

The banking of stem cells is preserving them for further use to safeguard your child from a potential medical condition.

What Are the Sources of Stem Cells?

Researchers have found stem cells in some specific regions of the human body, which are

  • Adipose tissue
  • Bone marrow
  • Blood vessel 
  • Skin

These sources serve as a pool for pluripotent cells, which means they can further divide to become similar or other types of cells. Still, these are not the best sources.

Researchers say that the pluripotent stem cells obtained from the placenta and umbilical cord during childbirth are the richest sources of stem cells. These grow faster and are more capable than those from other sources.

Hence, one should grab this opportunity and store their child's stem cells for the future.

How are Stem Cells Collected and Stored?

There are a few ways of collecting stem cells, but here we will only go through the process of stem cell collection for infants.

During childbirth, doctors separate the umbilical cord and placenta from the baby. Then the placenta is suspended from a height, and the cord is cleaned.

After cleaning the cord, a needle is inserted, allowing the cord blood to be transferred into a storage bag.

Suppose the blood is free from anomalies and is found fit to be stored. It is transferred to a stem cell bank where they extract the stem cells from the cord blood and keep the precious stem cells in liquid nitrogen. The stored blood goes through a series of blood tests.

What Are the Benefits of Stem Cell Banking? 

Stem cell banking has gained immense popularity because of its extensive benefits in the last few years.

According to clinical trials, this regenerative treatment method can cure 80 life-threatening diseases.

Here are some of the critical benefits of stem cell banking:

Self-Renewal Properties

As stem cells can self-renew and we can turn them into any form of cell, they can treat diseased, dysfunctional tissues and organs. Stem cell therapy can also treat heart diseases, blood disorders, cardiac issues, and leukaemia because of its regenerative properties.

Most Convenient Solution for Regenerative Treatment

If you decide to store your child's stem cells, they can be immediately used if required without giving it a second thought. 

Processes like bone marrow transplantation take time and require a suitable donor. Even if you think of using your child's bone marrow for cell regeneration, rejection and infection will be risks. In a nutshell, you need cord blood stem cells to outperform bone marrow every time.

More Benefits are on the Way 

Science is making progress daily. More and more clinical trials are occurring than they used to. With more breakthroughs in research, stem cells will be able to treat complex problems like autism, brain injury, cerebral palsy, Alzheimer's, and more. 

Can be Stored for a Longer Period

Stem cells are stored in liquid nitrogen at an approximate temperature of 196 degrees Celsius, allowing them to be usable even after decades. Therefore, banking your baby's stem cells can be the best gift you can give your child in your life.

Wrap up

Stem cells have opened a new door for the better. This regenerative therapy has minimized many previously encountered problems in the treatment process. A little effort from you today can save your child's entire future. 

Request an appointment at Apollo Cradle, Amritsar - Abadi Court Road. Call 1860-500-1066 to book an appointment.

1. Is stem cell banking available in India?

Currently, there are various options for stem cell banking in India. Apollo Cradle & Children’s Hospital is one of the best available options.

2. What is a significant disadvantage of stem cell banking?

In most cases, adult stem cells can be hard to grow for long periods, and we have yet to generate adult stem cells in volume.

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