What Is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis affects millions of women around the world. It causes pain and discomfort, and for a significant number of women, it can also lead to infertility.
In endometriosis, the tissue that would normally line the interior of the uterus instead forms on the outside. It can form on the uterus itself, around the fallopian tubes, and in other areas. It can also be present around other organs in the body. Most women with this condition experience pain and discomfort, as well as menstrual abnormality. However, some women experience no symptoms at all.


What Causes Endometriosis?

The underlying cause of endometriosis is not known. However, there are several theories, and there are many factors involved. One possible cause is what’s called retrograde menstruation – a condition in which blood and uterine tissue moves out of the fallopian tube and into the abdominal cavity. There, it multiplies and forms around other structures.
Another theory is that it is actually a type of cellular mutation, in which cells outside the uterus become uterine lining cells. Yet another theory is that uterine lining cells migrate outward through the lymph system or blood and reach other organs in the body.


What Are the Symptoms of Endometriosis?

The most common symptom of endometriosis is pain during a period. This is because bleeding happens not only within the uterus, but outside of it, wherever that tissue might be found. When the tissue bleeds, the blood can come into contact with other organs, and this can cause irritation and swelling. Other symptoms can include pain during intercourse, excessive bleeding during periods, prolonged bleeding after periods, and pain with urination or with bowel movements.


What Are the Treatments for Endometriosis?

There are quite a few potential treatments that can help women live longer, healthier, happier lives with endometriosis. One of those is excision surgery. During this procedure, the uterine tissue outside the uterus is located and then excised (removed). In some surgeries, lesions within the uterus may be burned away, and in others, scar tissue may be removed so that fallopian tubes are allowed to go back to their natural position. Unfortunately, intraabdominal surgery is frequently associated with formation of adhesions inside the abdominal cavity, and this may be as or more disabling that the very endometriosis that was surgically treated.
Another option is hormone therapy, which is frequently unsafe. Some medical professionals prefer a more conservative approach, such as managing the condition with pain relievers, which offers more comfort, but does little to actually address the cause of the pain. As we know now, long term use of opioid pain medications actually promotes pain chronicity and should be avoided by any means. Nonsteroidal pain medications (such as ibuprofen) have their own dangers and are not safe either. Stem cell therapy is a promising alternative treatment currently being studied.


How Can Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy Help?

The key to understanding stem cell therapy for endometriosis is to understand how dynamic the endometrium is in the first place. This tissue is subject to significant growth and retraction patterns with each menstrual cycle. That cycle is only possible due to the regenerative effects of stem cells within the endometrium.
Stem cells are the body’s healers. They’re the regenerators that help build new tissue. They can also transform from stem cell into another type of cell or tissue. In essence, stem cells are responsible for regenerating all the cells within the uterine system, including stromal cells, epithelial cells, endothelial cells, and more, every month.

What are the top Benefits of Non-surgical Regenerative Treatments?

With so many options out there, you may be wondering what benefits choosing Non-surgical Regenerative Treatments provides.  Over all Regenerative treatments are minimally invasive, non-surgical same day procedures with no risk of rejection, minimal recovery time and minimal worry. You are fully awake and ready to go home within a few hours after injections in the affected area.


Here are the top benefits to be aware of:

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Avoid surgery and its risks and many complications

Regenerative Therapy is a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure, which gives patients an alternative to painful surgery and lengthy recovery. The procedure is performed in an outpatient setting and only takes a few hours. No general anaesthesia is required and most patients don’t need post-operative pain medication. Also, patients typically return to work within a week or two (unless told otherwise by the doctor) and they resume physical activity much faster than after invasive hip surgery.


Minimal post-procedural recovery time

One of the most time consuming factors of any injury is not always the treatment itself, but actually the recovery time. With Regenerative therapies, there is far less risk involved than surgery and recovery time is much shorter compared to surgery.


No use of general anaesthesia

Do you not like the way general anaesthesia makes your feel? Or do you simply get anxious at the thought of being put under? Regenerative therapy may be just what you need as it does not require the use of general anaesthesia. It provides a safe increasingly effective non-surgical alternative to treating medical conditions using the body’s own natural ability to repair itself without the use of medication.


Same day procedure

The best part, after comprehensive examination and review of your case, blood tests & radio-imaging scans are done to establish a baseline for your pre-existing condition, is that our Regenerative Therapies are a non-invasive treatment and an outpatient same day procedure, where the Consultant will decide which line of Regenerative Therapy is most suited to your case. In certain cases it may be a combination of more than one treatment protocol. For some patients however, the complete protocol is a series of injections in several treatment sessions.


Safe procedures with No risk of rejection and No communicable disease transmission

Your immune system has no reason to attack your cells and there is no risk of contracting a transmittable infectious disease from a donor patient also. In fact, studies thus far have indicated no safety issues with fat-derived autologous (from self) cells. Because they are your own cells, the risk of rejection is eliminated.

The increased risk of heart attack, as found to be associated with hip replacement surgery, is not present with Regenerative therapies, either. Like any procedure, there is a minute risk of infection at the sample collection and at the hip injection site. To minimize that risk the procedure is carried out under strict sterile conditions.

Am I a candidate for the Medica Institute Regenerative therapies?

In general, Regenerative Medica Institute Regenerative Therapies can be utilised by anyone, regardless of the age, race, or gender. However, in order to determine if you are a good candidate and will benefit the most from Regenerative treatment, you will need to schedule an appointment with our Clinic to have an assessment done by our Consultant, who will review your medical records and determine if you are a qualified candidate for our therapy. The choice of treatment is then at the discretion of the Consultant and is based on your unique case.


Regenerative Therapy may help patients who don’t respond to typical drug treatment, want to reduce their reliance on medication, or are looking for safe treatment alternatives. Regenerative treatments are not suitable for all conditions and all patients. The consultant will be able to advise if you are a suitable candidate.

Your first step to exploring your treatment options is scheduling a consultation with our Consultant. To do so call us on 020 8168 2000 or alternatively book a consultation online or request a call back today!