Stem Cell Series #4: How It Works
Local Anesthesia & Harvesting Fat. Patients have their fat harvested in our special sterile treatment facility under a local anesthetic. The procedure lasts approximately twenty minutes, using specially designed equipment to harvest less than 50cc of fat.
Preparation. After harvesting the fat cells, the next step is to isolate the cells. This is accomplished by separating the fat cells and stem cells. The process used by Sparrow yields extremely high numbers of stem cells.
Deployment. Depending on the type of deployment required, stem cells can be injected through veins,
arteries, into spinal fluid, subcutaneously, or directly into joints or organs. All of these are considered
minimally invasive ways of introducing the stem cells.
In the right environment, these stem cells can change (differentiate) into bone, cartilage, muscle, fat, collagen, neural tissue, blood vessels, and even some
organs. Because it is your own DNA material, there is no rejection. The whole process takes less than three hours.
BONE MARROW VS. FAT-DERIVED STEM CELLS
There are also a lot of stem cells naturally found in our body. Most people are aware of bone marrow derived stem cells. In recent years, bone marrow has been a source for stem cells particularly for orthopedic conditions. However, stem cell yields in bone marrow tend to be between 50,000 and 200,000 with some of the newer technology. Adipose (fat) tissue also houses vast quantities of stem cells. In fact, just 30 cc’s (2 tablespoons) of fat can yield between 10 and 30 million stem cells.
Our fat-derived stem cells have a tremendous capacity to turn into a large variety of tissues. Originally, because of their “mesenchymal” origin, we thought they could only turn into fat, cartilage, bone, muscle, connective tissue, blood vessels and nerve tissue, but now we have studies showing they’ve turned into practically every kind of cell in the body. While the “bone marrow” proponents will sing the virtues of bone marrow stem cells for cartilage repair, it turns out that fat derived cells are an even greater source for cartilage repair and production. Compared to a bone marrow harvest, it’s so simple to harvest a little fat and the yields are generally very high making fat an ideal source for stem cells.
SAFETY - NO SIGNIFICANT ADVERSE REACTIONS
Initial studies made SAFETY the primary objective and the clinical outcomes a secondary objective. Our safety study of over 1,500 patients has shown that there are no significant adverse events related to the deployment of SVF. Indeed, the only real issues have been some mild discomfort around the liposuction site – something we naturally expect.
We Do not add-to or Modify
Many clinics add to stem cells or modify stem cells they give their patients. This can lead to adverse outcomes. We do no such thing as your body knows how to heal your body. Since it is your own DNA, your body will not reject it. We do not use amniotic, dead cells, synthetics, animal cells, or any other cells or materials outside of your own stem cells.
Cryobanking and multiplication for future use.
Don't need stem cell therapy right now? Someday you will want stem cells to rebuild, repair, or regenerate vital organs and tissues. A cryobank is a medical facility that stores a wide variety of tissues and cells in a state of deep freeze. We are able to preserve and potentially expand your stem cells while they are young and at their best capacity.
This provides patients with their own personal stem cell line that can potentially be used “on demand” for everything from treating stroke, heart attack, serious accident, wellness, or even cancer therapy should the need arise. It is also a great resource (and more affordable) for those receiving stem cells and who sees multiple treatments as a possibility.