Stem Cell Therapy: What’s the Procedure?

Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that have the potential to develop into specialized cell types in the body. There are different kinds of stem cells that come from specific parts of the body, which can be used for different treatment purposes. The stem cell procedure for conditions like joint pain, soft tissue pain and back pain are minimally invasive.  

Stem cell therapy in Pembroke Pines will discuss what the entire stem cell process is.

  • Collect adult stem cells

The initial step during stem cell procedure is collecting adult stem cells and growth factors from your own body. Your doctor, who is certified to do the procedure, will harvest adipose or fat stem cells from your lower abdomen - he will collect a significant amount of cells. He will also harvest cells from the bone marrow as well as from the peripheral vein, so he can use the blood for Platelet-Rich Plasma.

Taking fat or adipose tissue:

They collect stem cells through a liposuction procedure, which is minimally invasive. Most procedures as such are performed in your doctor’s office and usually take about an hour. They make use of light oral sedation to help the patient relax during the procedure. There is no anesthetic required.

Once the fat is collected, a specialized device will gently emulsify the fat, which helps separate the stem cells from the fat particle to improve stem cell yield. Minimal discomfort associated with the procedure, such as mild tickling or a pressure sensation, can be experienced. After this, the adipose-derived tissue will be placed in a sterile canister, then processed in an advanced centrifuge process that mechanically separates the cells into smaller volume.

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Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) process:

Platelet-Rich Plasma is mostly taken from the patient’s peripheral vein located in the arm. About 60-120 cc of blood will be processed through the use of a centrifuge to separate the platelet rich plasma that is dense and has derived growth factors. The process will result in a small injectable solution.

Collecting from bone marrow:

Bone marrow is collected in the posterior iliac crest of the body. The area will be properly anesthetized with the use of local anesthesia prior to call extraction. Like the previous procedures, it will also be placed in a centrifuge until it becomes a small injectable volume.

  • Collected cells will be injected

Once they got all those three important components of stem cells. They will then directly inject them into areas that are affected, such as shoulders, joints, knees, hips, soft tissues, lower back or middle back. This would be done under a live x-ray or ultrasound guidance.

The whole stem cell procedure would usually take 3-4 hours to complete. According to our specialists at Pembroke Pines, stem cell patients can walk comfortably after the procedure. Patients can typically return to their work and their daily activities after several days of rest.

You can have more information about stem cell therapy in Pembroke Pines by contacting us or setting an appointment through our highly trained doctors.

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