Stem cells are being used in procedures around the globe. It’s simply amazing to learn of the new and exciting purposes they have as well as their effectiveness in helping people return to a quality life they deserve.
At Tartu University Hospital in Estonia, doctors were able to restore mobility in an 18-year-old woman’s hand. She had been injured in a fire at a young age and had severe scarring on her hand that left it completely immobile.
On April 16, surgeon Dr. Romek Martsin removed the patient’s fat via a mini liposuction procedure, and then removed the adipose tissue stem cells. He then took those stem cells and injected them into the patient’s hand and forearm.
Over time, the stem cells helped rebuild the damaged tissue in her hand and arm, which gave her the use of her hand again.
Athletes are most susceptible to knee trauma, but older individuals can also suffer from these types of injuries. This can lead to limited mobility and pain, which lowers their quality of life.
A new procedure for articular cartilage repair has just been performed in Korea that can help people with persistent knee pain and immobility.
Mesenchymal stem cells used in this treatment came from adipose tissue (fat). The reason that doctors in Korea are using fat is because this tissue yields the most stem cells.
While the fat is often removed from the abdomen, it can be removed from just about anywhere a patient wants to lose fat such as the thighs or buttocks. Abdominal fat contains the highest concentrations of stem cells.
Dr. Ng Swee Soon, Quill Centre’s consultant orthopaedic surgeon, commented:
The tissue then will be put through some process to isolate the stem cells from the rest of the cells. Then the stem cell will be injected onto the cartilage damage. It’s a simple one-day procedure that will require you to spend two weeks on crutches.
He adds that it could take up to six months before patients will see the effects of the articular cartilage repair such as decreased pain and immobility.
Many people who have severe scarring suffer from depression because of their appearance. There is now hope for these patients by harnessing the power of stem cells.
A new study found participants with severe scarring could improve the appearance of scars with autologous fat transfer. Doctors simply removed fat via liposuction and injected it into the scar tissue.
All patients’ scars improved in appearance. They were also less painful to the touch. For those that experienced immobility due to the scarring, their skin increased in elasticity, which allowed them a greater range of movement.
The power of fat stem cells is undeniable. Adipose tissue yields a wealth of specialized stem cells that can repair medical issues, tissue damage, and ultimately improve a person’s quality of life. Adipose tissue stem cells are even saving lives when used in certain medical treatments.
Patients across the country are benefiting from fat banking and stem cell storage with ATGRAFT from American CryoStem. This fat can be stored for a lifetime. When adipose tissue or stem cells are needed, a request can be made through the plastic surgeon to have the tissue delivered right to the office for autologous fat transfer on the day of the procedure.
Your fat stem cells are only as young as you are today, so don’t wait to have your adipose tissue harvested and stored. The younger your tissue is, the better it will perform once transplanted or used in medical treatments.
Aside from medical treatments, adipose tissue can be used in cosmetic procedures such as wrinkle filler material, enhancements to the lips, face, breasts, and buttocks, and for natural breast reconstruction after mastectomy (via layered fat transfer).
Contact us today to enroll in ATGRAFT and make your future a brighter one.
Blog post written by John DiFolco.