What is Biological Therapy?
Here at Stem Cell Adelaide, we offer a variety of Biological Therapies to help the body heal itself. The procedure involves 3 main steps:
1. Adipose (fat) tissue will be harvested using a mini liposuction procedure under minimal sedation.
2. The adipose tissue is cleaned and sent to Magellan Laboratories in Melbourne. Their accredited procedures remove the fat cells to leave stormal vascular fraction (SVF) which contains the stem cells.
3. SVF is returned to us in two days ready for use. We administer SVF directly into the painful joints, ultrasound guidance is used when necessary.
After the procedure, it is recommended that you have a follow up appointment with Norwood Day Surgery at 2 weeks, 2 months and 6 months. We chart your progress using standardised pain tests such as WOMAC and HOOS.
Our Biological Therapy Results
In a study at our practice, 100 osteoarthritis patients partook in a biological treatment and were assessed each month for 6 months. It was reported that over 75% of patients treated, showed significant improvements of between 50%-100% in pain and mobility of the joint.
Approximately 15% of patients treated were non-responders and had an improvement of less than 20% after 3 months.
The repair process takes time – with the improvement at its maximum level by 6 months. Whether young or old the improvement after receiving our biological therapies was the same. It is too early to determine the lifespan of the treatment as this treatment has only been available since 2009, with only 10% of our patients returning for a second treatment.
Many thousands of patients with osteoarthritis have now been treated with biological therapy. We know that it is a safe procedure if done carefully.
Minor adverse events have been observed on the day of the procedure in a small percentage of patients and include: slight fever, rash, euphoria followed by a transient depression.
Common liposuction short-term side effects may include: abdominal pain, bruising (which may last up to two weeks), and leakage of anaesthetic fluid for 24 hours. One case of bleeding has occurred from a sensitivity to intravenous injection of stromal vascular fraction, which is not done in our practice.
Please note that the results of every procedure will vary from patient to patient. Norwood Day Surgery can neither predict nor guarantee success, please book a consultation to find out if this procedure is right for you.