Healthy Living: Matri-Stem
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The job of a plastic surgeon is to sometimes to rebuild or regrow tissue. With a new state of art product, some says it works like magic.
"It's mostly hocus pocus, if you think about it. I didn't think it would work," Dr. Chao said.
Plastic Surgeon Dr. Jerome Chao has plenty of experience regrowing tissue for people suffering from open wounds, but the products he in the past also created scar tissue in the healing process.
"I don't want scar. Scar tissue to plastic surgeon is a bad thing," Chao said.
When a new extracellular matrix became available, called Matri-Stem, he was not a believer. It claimed to regrow tissue, but without scar tissue. It comes from pigs, the cells from the bladder of a pig.
Chao said, "This is completely different than anything we have had in the past. For some reason, this porcine bladder with a basement membrane is able to enhance this signaling, these proteins are doing something I never believed in the past, what they are doing to stimulate healing as opposed to growth of scar."
Chris Mills had soft tissue cancer into the bone. Five months after surgery and radiation, she still had a wound.
"One that was down to the bone and we kept trying to make it heal," Mills said.
He applied Matri-Stem, which comes in the form of a sheath, as well as powder. He 'roughens up' the wound signaling the body and then adds the Matri-Stem.
Once the product is placed, the work begins immediately, stimulating the body’s process of repair. As the product breaks down, the body absorbs it.
Chao said, "It breaks down and the body creates the cells, the body does the healing."
It's been less than three months and the wound?
"It's almost completely healed now. It's right up to the surface now," Mills said.