Orthopaedic Stem Cell Therapy
Adipose Stem Cell Therapy (ASCT)
Adipose Stem Cell Therapy (ASCT) is an innovative treatment for degenerative injuries. It uses the body’s natural healing process to accelerate and enhance recovery.
The adipose‐derived stem cell is safer and more easily accessible than other stem cell alternatives.
Our team is the most experienced PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) and ASCT
doctors in the regenerative medicine field.
The doctor will harvest the adipose stem cells from your belly fat using liposuction technique.
A nurse will take your blood (like a normal blood test), which will be spun in a centrifuge to isolate the plasma component. This plasma is rich in platelets and growth factors. The PRP is mixed with the adipose stem cells and activated under light before being injected into the site of injury with local anaesthetic.
The process takes around 2 hours in total.
Number of visits
An initial consultation, via Skype or in person, is usually required to
determine your eligibility for ASCT.
ASCT involves three injections, 6weeks apart, but also depends on the individual’s time constraints and condition.
How does it work?
The stem cells and growth factors also work by reducing the "oedema" or bruising of the underlying bone which allows
better flow of blood to the cartilage. This means more nutrients such as oxygen can help the cartilage to heal.
ASCT is much more potent than PRP and lasts longer, meaning severer cases see better results.
What can be treated with stem cells?
- Degenerative knee conditions
- Muscle tears
How to prepare for your appointment
Where possible, avoid sugar-rich foods.
Anti-inflammatory drugs (eg. Cortisone, Nurofen, Celebrex) should be avoided for 2-3 days before and after the treatment if possible.
It is essential that you stop taking blood thinners (eg. Warfarin, Pradaxa, Xarelto and Aspirin).
We also recommend that you stop taking fish-oil and cholesterol-lowering medication a week before the stem cells are harvested, however, this will be discussed in your initial consultation.
Discuss with your doctor before ceasing any medication
Following the initial ASCT treatment, you will be provided with advice specific to your injury/problem area. Please also avoid high impact activities and running if your treatment involves the lower limbs.
Following the treatment, we suggest a rehabilitation program designed by one of our exercise physiologists which can be organised through our clinic or your usual doctor.
As Adipose Stem Cells are taken from your own body, there is no risk of disease transmission or allergic reaction. Also, as adipose stem cells are adult stem cells, there is no chance of the cells causing cancer.
Sometimes ASCT may aggravate the inflammatory response, causing temporarily increased pain and swelling in the area. There can be a local pressure effect and pain from the injection of fluid. These effects should subside over a couple of days.
There may also be some pain, discomfort and bruising in the area of stem cell collection during and for several days after the treatment. Improvement is expected to be gradual over several weeks. A small number of patients may
Improvement is expected to be gradual over several weeks. A small number of patients may experience a significant pain reaction and require painkillers. If this occurs, please call the doctor.