Adipose Stem Cell Therapy (ASCT)
What is 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.
What does the process involve?
The doctor will harvest the adipose stem cells from your belly fat using a 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 a local anesthetic. The process takes around 2 hours in total.
How does it work?
The Stem Cells promote growth and regeneration by releasing growth factors, which stimulate cells to multiply and form new tissue. 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 helps 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). For best results, hyperbaric Oxygen therapy is also available at the Zen Clinic.
Following the initial ASCT treatment,you will be provided with advice specific to your injury/problem areas. Please also avoid high impact activities and running if your treatment involves the lower limbs. Following the treatment, we suggest undergoing a rehabilitation program with a regular therapist or you are welcome to see the Zen Sports Therapist.
As Adipose Stem Cells are taken from your own body, there is no risk of diseases 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 collection during and for several days after the treatment. 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.