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. The tissue we harvest is known as AD-SVF, or Adipose Derived-Stromal Vascular Fraction. AD-SVF provides the richest source of your own mesenchymal stem cells. These specific tissue fractions are located within the 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 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. 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.
We consider your adipose to be 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 AD-SVF contains 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 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 concentrate activates the stem cells which are immediately injected (with ultrasound guidance) into your affected area: hip joint, knee joint, lumbar spine, shoulder, etc.