WHAT ARE ADIPOSE-DERIVED STEM CELLS?
Adipose-derived stem cells are undifferentiated adult stem cells that are found in fatty tissue. Adipose is a highly-concentrated source of mesenchymal stem cells, which are considered the gold standard for stem cell therapy today. Mesenchymal cells can differentiate into many types of other cells that make up bone, cartilage, muscle tissue, and nerves. These cells are sometimes called stromal vascular fraction and can be used effectively in many different stem cell treatment methods. These treatments include those that commonly address musculoskeletal conditions and injuries, autoimmune disorders, metabolic disorders such as diabetes and kidney disease, and neurologic problems, among others. This is because MSCs, or mesenchymal cells, provide the ability to differentiate, multiply, and self-renew, allowing for regeneration of the target cell in need.
HOW ARE ADIPOSE-DERIVED STEM CELLS COLLECTED?
Adipose stem cell extraction involves a small lipoaspiration procedure which produces a sample of your own fat tissue that can be processed and broken down to obtain a highly-concentrated dose of mesenchymal stem cells. The number of cells obtained can range from 30 – 60 million in each dose, which is much higher than other stem cell methods. This data has been obtained from our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities where we have tested numerous samples for viability and count, to ensure that our patients are receiving the highest level of care and the best possible outcome.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING THIS PROCESS?
Our stem cell procedures are performed on-site at our state-of-the-art, accredited ambulatory facility by our expert providers. We’ll ensure you’re comfortable and relaxed as our board-certified experts guide you through the process using image-guided techniques to ensure the procedure is safe and effective. After the cells are collected and processed, they are suspended in platelet-rich plasma derived from your own blood sample for better administration. After the procedure, you can return home with instructions for your quick and easy recovery.