4. Is there an age limit for BMC stem cell injections?
There is not an age limit for BMC stem cell injections, but certain factors should be considered in patients over the age of 60 years.
Patients up to the age of 60 can generally achieve tissue regeneration using their own “pluripotent” adult stem cells through BMC therapy.
Unfortunately, as the body ages, its ability to regenerate tissue from autologous (its own) stem cells diminishes. It is reported the body’s number of stem cells begins to decrease with age starting at about 40 years. After age 60, autologous BMC typically fails to provide regeneration because there are not enough stem cells in the bone marrow. Between the ages of 70 and 80 years, there are almost no stem cells in the bone marrow to use. After age 80, stem cells in the bone marrow are virtually non-existent.
Due to this decline in autologous stem cells, patients over 60 years of age generally achieve better results using a combination of a healing accelerator, such as PRP or an amniotic-fluid derived allograft, and allograft tissues derived from another source for regeneration.