Stem cell therapy in Orthopaedics is used to help in the repair of damaged tissue by harnessing the healing power of undifferentiated cells that form all other cells in our bodies. The process involves isolating these stem cells from a sample of your blood, bone marrow or adipose tissue (fat cells), and injecting it into the damaged body part to promote healing. Platelet-rich-plasma (PRP), a concentrated suspension of platelets (blood cells that cause clotting of blood) and growth factors, is also used to assist the process of repair.
Stem cells repair and replenish cells within our body. The problem is that as we age or get injuries, there may not be enough stem cells in the area to adequately repair or regenerate.
Stem Cell procedures take care of that problem by removing a large store of stem cells and placing them in the location where they are needed. The stem cell procedure involves harvesting stem cells that are located within fat tissue.
The fat is removed with a minimally invasive liposuction procedure. The fat is then processed to separate the stem cells. In addition, some blood is taken from a vein in the patient’s arm to obtain platelet rich plasma (PRP). PRP contains growth factors, which help stimulate the growth of the stem cells. PRP is mixed with the stem cells prior to injection. These stem cells are then injected back into the body at the point of injury the same day. Tens of millions of stem cells are delivered to the injured area, more than your body could ever deliver on its own.
StemCell is different from many other same-day stem cell procedures because the stem cells injected under precise image guidance such as CT, MRI, Fluoroscopy and Ultrasound.