Chronic wounds such as venous, diabetic and pressure ulcers are difficult to heal and cause considerable suffering. Complications include infection, amputation and even death.
Regenerative medicine using autologous stem cells and other Regenerative Medicine techniques and devices , has the potential to effectively treat acute and chronic wounds associated with burns and diabetes; heal wounds faster and more completely without further tissue grafting or surgeries; and prevent serious complications, such as infection and amputation.
Regenerative medicine is a logical approach to wound healing because of the accessibility, abundance, and types of stem cells in skin and adipose tissues, the lack of success using bone marrow-derived stem cells, the regenerative nature of healing, absence of good limb salvage treatments and the current application of cell therapies. As a result, additional basic and applied research is badly needed to inform regenerative strategies and usher in the development of innovative and viable methods and therapeutic products.