Adult Stem Cell Orthopedics is a powerful form of regenerative injection therapy and can be an effective alternative to major surgery and joint replacement procedures. In this procedure, we harvest Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) from what is known as AD-SVF, or Adipose Derived-Stromal Vascular Fraction. AD-SVF provides a rich source of your own mesenchymal stem cells. These specific tissue fractions are located within the highly vascular adipose bed, which serve to nurture and protect your stem cell population. This combination of stem cells, native tissue matrix and bio-scaffolding act together to repair and regenerate affected tissues. When harvested along with the stem cells, and mixed with your own platelet rich plasma, these tissue products provide the potent combination of cytokines, cell signals, and scaffolding necessary for MSCs to differentiate and repair the target injury.
Your adipose is the ideal harvest tissue because the stem cell concentration in adipose tissue in your fat is at least 1000x higher than it is in your bone marrow aspirate. Another advantage is that AD-SVF contains the full complement of matrix tissue fractions necessary for cartilage, ligament, and tendon and fascia regeneration, unlike bone marrow, which contains none of these matrix tissues. In fact, up to 45% of the nucleated cells within adipose tissue are Mesenchymal stem cells. Therefore, your adipose tissue is the most ideal site for harvesting stem cells.
The harvesting procedure is minimally invasive. From start to finish the procedure will take about 2.5 hours. First, a small ¼” incision is made in the skin and a patented tissue harvester is inserted and used to extract your adipose derived stem cells. We then separate and concentrate the AD-SVF that contains the stem cells and tissue matrix. Next, a 4-ounce quantity of blood is drawn and your platelet rich plasma (PRP) is concentrated. The PRP is combined with the Stromal Vascular Fraction (AD-SVF) to activate the Mesenchymal stem cells. The PRP and the AD-SVF concentrates activate the stem cells and are immediately injected under ultrasound guidance into your affected area: hip joint, knee joint, lumbar spine, shoulder, etc.