Adipose-Derived Stem Cells
One of the ways stem cells are harvested at Stem Cell Centers of the Palm Beaches is through adipose (fat) tissue. The adipose tissue is collected from the patient using liposuction, a minimally invasive procedure performed by one of our physicians – usually under local (not general) anesthesia – right here in our clinic. Typically, the procedure takes less than one-half hour.
After the adipose tissue is collected, it is compressed and stored in a special transport bag which is placed in a temperature-controlled box. Next, it is immediately transported under sterile conditions to an FDA-registered facility, where sophisticated equipment and methodologies are used to ensure that the highest clinical standards are maintained. In fact, samples are tested to ensure that live cells have been collected and that they are free of any contaminants before and during storage, as well as prior to sample release.
The adipose tissue is then processed, separating the stem cells from the fat cells, in a high-speed centrifuge machine. Isolated stem cells are subsequently enriched with the patient’s blood plasma and prepared for transfer back into the body for healing. The activated stem cells are then added to a saline drip bag and returned to the patient’s body via standard intravenous (IV) drip while the patient is resting.
The healing process using stem cell therapy is complex, involving processes that are both molecular and cellular. Simply put, when activated stem cells are returned to the patient’s body, they eventually become attracted to proteins secreted in the area of the damaged tissue. The stem cells then settle into the injured area and begin turning into new, healthy tissue.