What is Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease)?
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease is the nervous system disorder that leads to the degeneration of the motor neurons of the spine and the brain. This is a progressive disease that slowly leads to paralysis in the later stages. The motor neurons slowly die and the brain loses its control over the voluntary muscles in the body.
Symptoms & Treatment
The early symptoms of this disease are mild and might now even give out an impression of this disease, but as the time progresses, many severe symptoms like problem balancing, problem keeping the head up, inability to talk properly, the problem in breathing etc. happens. There are not many treatments that have been successful in treating Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis but the stem cell treatment has been proved to show many positive results.
Since the stem cells are able to regenerate the motor neurons and transform into fully functional tissues, they are effective in curing this disease to a huge extent.
How Does It Work?
- The stem cells have the capability to transform and generate itself into any kind of cells or tissues in the body.
- In the case of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, the stem cells from the fat tissues or embryos are taken and then transferred into the patient’s body. Since the disease is a genetic disorder, the cells have to be first corrected in the laboratories to remove the genetic deformities in them. They are then cultured and injected into the spinal cord or the brain of the person.
- Another way is to take the cells from a totally healthy human known as the Human Neural Stem Cells and isolate them to form glial-restricted progenitor cells, astrocytes, oligodendrocytes, and neurons. These are then injected into the body of the patient.
- The stem cells then transform into healthy motor neurons and finally helps the patient gain healthy body functions.
Side effects of stem cell treatment for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Since the cells used are extracted from the patient’s body itself or the cells introduced into the body are extracted in the laboratory with a lot of precautions, there is no space for any extreme side effect. Small temporary side effects like swelling, bleeding or irritation in the site where the injecting has been done are rarely observed. There may be a little pain or irritation at the time of extraction of the stem cells from the body of the patient. Apart from this, there are no long-term side effects associated with the stem cell treatment for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Even if there are any side effects of the treatment, they can easily be treated within a few days with medication.
Preparation For The Stem Cell Treatment for ALS
There are no big preparations that have to be done to undergo this treatment. The doctors might run a few blood tests and some MRIs in order to determine the intensity and the stage of the disease. Apart from this, the doctor might make an appointment to check and mark the places the treatment has to undergo. Some patients might not be eligible for this treatment including the ones that have some severe underlying conditions or the ones that are in the later stage of the disease. Any other preparatory measures will be explained to the patient by the medical professionals before undergoing the treatment.
What to expect after the treatment?
The patient is supposed to stay at the hospital for a couple of days after the treatment for observation. However, the treatment takes only a couple of hours and is not at all painful. After being released from the hospital, the patient will be expected to attend all the follow-up sessions. These sessions are very important since they will let the doctors know the progress. If there are any other side effects, informing the doctors in these follow-up sessions is very important.
The Stem Cell Treatments for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is highly successful in treating the disease and has shown positive results in all the patients. In the case of early stages of the disease, stem cell treatment is 100% effective. However, it might show a slow progress in the later stages. The results might take as long as six months to actually show in the patient. However, small changes will start happening within a month or two.
Treatment Possible works it out for you
In order to come out successfully with best results, our team at Treatment Possible works with utmost dedication and care. Not only do we arrange patient’s association with the country’s best clinicians but also workout arrangements with the top-notch super specialty hospitals. Starting with the basic patient and family education about the disease and procedure, we work out cost-effective plans with informed consent.
An individual Case Manager is specifically allotted to each patient who responsibly takes up the case from the beginning to the end. You can look for free consultations with the most experienced Doctors who have been working with successful results. Right from travel arrangements to the details of the stay will be organized in order to make the experience hassle-free for the patients and their families.