Adipose tissue (fat) is rich with adipose-derived stem cells (ADSC). Fat harvesting for ADSC therapy is done with a very simple process called lipoaspiration. It is important to understand that lipoaspiration is vastly different from liposuction. Liposuction is performed by a plastic surgeon, and up to 6,000mL (6 liters) of fat is removed for a cosmetic result. In contrast, lipoaspiration uses only a small amount of local anesthetic and a small instrument slightly larger than a hypodermic needle to remove 1/100 of that amount (60mL). The entire process takes around sixty minutes.
This procedure is done using your own fat. The fat can be mixed with PRP and/or Bone Marrow and acts as a matrix (scaffold or “spackling”) to which other injected cells attach. A multitude of progenitor cells are in the fat. These cells have a tremendous potential to regenerate the body’s articular cartilage.
The best treatment option for your specific injury will be determined after a thorough office examination.