Stem Cell Safari
A small incision in the abdomen allows us to collect a small amount of fat filled with stem cells.
The small incision is barely visable
The fat is now sent to the laboratory for preparation
The fat is mixed with enzymes that separate the stem cells and placed in a special heated centrifuge
The centrifuge first mixes the cells then separates them from the remaining fat.
The process takes about 90 minutes
A special kit for stem cell separation is used
The fat can be seen at the top with the stromal vascular fraction at the bottom containing stem cells
After several washes and a filtration process the stem cells are in the pellet at the bottom of the tubes
The cells are counted with special dyes that tell live stem cells from dead ones.
The hemacytometer is read with a special ultraviolet light
The number of live cells is used to calculate the volume of dose for the joint.
This is the final stem cells mixed with platelet rich plasma ready for injection
The joint is injected with stem cells