ReCell Spray: Photo Courtesy of Avita Medical
Doctors at the University of Utah's Burn Care Center reported success in their pilot study testing a stem cell solution that is sprayed directly onto burns. By spraying a patient's burn with a topical solution made with their own stem cells, doctors have observed a truly remarkable healing process.
The spray-on stem cell solution not only proved to be beneficial for healing severe burns, but also increased the likelihood that a skin graft would take successfully. This could carry positive implications for the application of stem cell technology to other types of transplants.
The United States military is keeping a close eye on the project for the future use of stem cells as a regenerative aid for soldiers with injuries.
Cardiothoracic surgeon Amit Patel said, "Re-growing your own skin in a bioreactor is very realistic and that's not five years away even. We start with a biological band aid and hope to end up with basically synthetic skin that's still derived from your own cells."
Patel and other doctors have a dream of using stem cells for regenerative medicine, but this has been at the forefront of debate for years, and it is still a hot issue. Would you like to see this treatment available in the coming years?