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 4 main steps:
1.Cells will be extracted using a mini-liposuction procedure where adipose (fat) tissue will be extracted.
2.This will be put through a process called ultrasonic cavitation which will remove all tissue except cells and other growth cells – the remaining cells are known as SVF (stromal vascular faction) cells.
3.The SVF cells will be tested for quality using a flow cytometer. This ensures we are giving your cell procedure the best chance of success.
4.The SVF cells will be injected back into your body either through an IV or injected directly into the joint using ultrasound technology to guide the injection.
After the procedure, it is recommended that you have a follow up appointment with Norwood Day Surgery 3 days, 2 weeks, 2 months and 6 months. Your doctor will discuss your progress with you and may utilise standardised pain tests such as WOMAC or HOOS depending on the joint where you received treatment.
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 stem cell therapy 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 needing a second treatment.
Many thousands of patients with osteoarthritis have now been treated with stem cell 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 and cramps in the toes and feet.
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.
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.