We are the stem cell therapy experts in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest region. 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 your own body in what is known as an adipose tissue graft. These specific cell fractions are located within your adipose bed, which serves 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 combined with your own platelet rich plasma, these tissue products provide the potent combination of cytokines, cell signaling, and scaffolding necessary for MSCs to differentiate and repair the target injury. If necessary, we can enhance your response with donated human cells and tissue products (HCT-P) that are screened and processed in the country’s highest-rated FDA approved laboratory.
Your adipose tissue is the ideal harvest tissue for MSCs because the stem cell concentration in your fat is at least 1000 times higher than it is in bone marrow aspirate. In fact, up to 45% of the nucleated cells within adipose tissue are pluripotent stem cells. Another advantage is that adipose grafts contain the full complement of matrix tissue fractions necessary for cartilage, ligament, tendon and fascia regeneration. Bone marrow contains very few of these matrix tissues. Therefore, your adipose tissue is the most ideal site for harvesting stem cells.
The harvesting procedure is minimally invasive. Our modern clinic in Lake Oswego, Oregon, is renowned for its caring staff and comfort. 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 the stem cells and tissue matrix and your platelet-rich plasma (PRP). The PRP and the adipose graft are immediately injected (with ultrasound guidance) into your affected area: hip joint, knee joint, lumbar spine, shoulder, etc. Some post-treatment discomfort is normal and recovery can take several days.