Discover more about our stem cell therapy procedure
At Brisbane Regeneration we make an effort to educate our patients about our treatments and we are more than happy to answer any questions that you may have. Below is a list of commonly asked questions that may help you with your decision to opt for stem cell therapy as a solution to your osteoarthritis or joint pain:
What is Stem Cell Therapy?
Stromal cell therapy is a medical process used to aid in restoring function and reducing chronic pain
Stromal cell therapy is the use of natural regenerative cells that aid in restoring function to places in the body affected by chronic pain such as osteoarthritis. These cells are harnessed from fat tissue and then put through a process which separates out the stromal vascular fraction (SVF) cells. The SVF mix of cells contains the mesenchymal stem cells which are versatile cells that have been reported to heal bone, cartilage and other tissue. These regenerative cells will be reinjected into the body to support the healing process.
How long does recovery take?
Rest is a vital part of the recovery process
We firmly recommend you rest at home for the following 48 hours after treatment and continue to relax for the following week. It is suggested that you take a week off of work to allow your treated area to fully recover. You will also need to refrain from exercise for 8 weeks after treatment.
Are there any possible side effects?
We will evaluate your candidacy to decrease risk. Part of providing patient care is analysing your candidacy for the stem cell procedure. We will take into consideration your medical history, current health, and whether the procedure is required or other options are more suitable for your condition. Generally the following will result in us recommending you do not undergo treatment:
- Blood disorders
- Low BMI or insufficient fat reserves
- Unstable illness
All medical procedures have risks which are both known and unknown. There are minimal risks involved with Stromal therapy because the treatment is autologous. Autologous means that the stem cells or SVF cells are sourced from your own body. This greatly decreases risks of rejection and complications such as allergic reactions. Temporary minor reactions have been observed in a small per cent of patients including flushing, heart palpitations (for a few minutes after the injection), and slightly raised temperature just after the injection. If you have any questions regarding possible risks incurred from the procedure please do not hesitate to ask one of our doctors during your initial consultation.
I am an elderly person, what differences can I expect after treatment?
As we get older our joints can become painful due to the wear and tear of cartilage and the presence of osteoarthritis. Cartilage is what enables bones to move easily against one and other and when this ‘protection’ disintegrates we are left with painful and stiff joints that do not function properly. Stromal cell therapy may help this as the regenerative cells may aid in reducing pain and inflammation, and restoring cartilage in the knee, enabling the smooth function of joints and reduction of pain. Many older people feel completely reinvigorated after their treatment and some even feel comfortable enough to start exercising again on a regular basis.
I am an athlete, how will your treatments improve my abilities?
Stromal cell therapy cannot extend athletic skill beyond natural ability although it can offer many valuable benefits.
Athletes or very active individuals often experience joint pain due to over exertion. This can result in damaged cartilage, muscular tissue and bones which can be painful and limit athletic ability. Stromal cell therapy can be used to help treat these problems by assisting in the repair and regeneration of damaged tissue to restore athletic dexterity. Many athletes are utilising stromal cell therapy to elongate their career and improve their performance if it has been compromised by over-exertion.
Is stromal cell therapy painful?
Brisbane Regeneration is dedicated to patient care and your comfort.
At all points in your procedure you will receive the required amount of pain management including local anaesthetic and sedation. This will mean you will be calm, comfortable and a little drowsy throughout the procedure while always being attentively observed by a doctor or nurse at our Woolloongabba clinic.
How long will the procedure take?
Stem cell therapy is a brief procedure.
The procedure usually takes anywhere between 5 to 6 hours and is implemented on the same day that the cells are extracted.
Is more than one treatment required?
Stem cell therapy can be tailored to suit your personal needs.
At Brisbane Regeneration, Dr Sami will sit down with you and determine the best way to approach the stem cell therapy procedure, and how many should be required for you personally.
Will there be side effects after stem cell therapy?
We are yet to see any long-lasting side effects.
Stem cell therapy is an advanced procedure that significantly reduces chances of rejection and allergic reaction, as the cells are reused from your own body.
What diseases can be treated with stem cell therapy?
Stem cell therapy is the future.
Here at Brisbane Regeneration, we are dedicated to staying updated on the latest stem cell news. We know that stem cell therapy is gaining more and more recognition for the various diseases that are being successfully treated via this method. At the moment, the most common use of stem cell therapy is to assist disease associated with joint pain, such as Arthritis. In certain cases, we have seen success in treatment for psoriasis and some neurological disorders.
Can I donate my stem cells to someone else?
At Brisbane Regeneration, your safety is our priority.
At this point, due to safety precautions, we are not able to perform a heterologous procedure using tissue from another person’s body.
Could you please provide a brief explanation of what stem cell therapy is?
Stem cell therapy encourages tissue regeneration via insertion of cells from your own body to the affected area.
Dr Sami at Brisbane Regeneration will extract fat tissue from your body during a minor liposuction procedure. He will then put this fat through a process where the valuable stem cells are separated from the useless fat and tissue cells.