is performed by replacing damaged human cells with healthy cells from other regions of the patient’s body or from a donor. By transferring healthy cells to these damaged tissues, “regenerating” procedures stimulate the body’s own repair mechanisms to promote healing. While covering a broad range of applications, regenerative medicine is closely associated with applications that repair or replace portions of whole tissues (i.e., bone, cartilage, blood vessels, bladder, skin). Current estimates indicate that approximately one in three Americans could potentially benefit from regenerative medicine.
Donors are screened for transmissible diseases and are treated with broad-spectrum antibiotics to prevent complications for the recipient.