Adipose derived stromal cell therapy (ADSC) is a regenerative medicine procedure available at Michigan Pain Consultants that is designed to help stimulate and support the natural healing process. Adipose derived stromal cell therapy utilizes stromal cells from fat tissue found throughout the body to provide patients another option for enhanced natural healing.

Why Use Adipose Tissue?

Adipose tissue contains a large reservoir of stromal cells, an extracellular matrix. These cells are similar to the regenerative properties of the cells found in bone marrow used for bone marrow aspirate concentrate therapy. They have the ability to decrease inflammation and stimulate the healing process. Adipose derived stromal cells are a unique option for regenerative therapy as they are readily abundant throughout the body and their reparative effectiveness does not decline as the body ages.

The ADSC Process

Obtaining adipose derived stromal cells is a safe and relatively simple process. Your physician will begin by administering a small amount of localized anesthetic or numbing agent around the targeted area for extraction. Adipose derived stromal cells are typically extracted from above the Superior Iliac spine (love handles) or abdomen under a local anesthetic. This is due the abundant supply of adipose tissue available in that area as well as the relative ease with which it can be extracted.

Once the area is numb, your physician will begin extracting the adipose tissue through a non-invasive process similar to liposuction. The extracted adipose tissue is then resized and injected directly into the site of damage or injury. Once in place, the adipose derived stromal cells stimulate the body’s natural reparative process and provide support for advanced natural healing.

At Michigan Pain Consultants, ADSC is often combined with other regenerative procedures like platelet rich plasma (PRP) or bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC). When combined with PRP and BMAC, the injected stromal cells function like a large cellular safety net, corralling and adhering the regenerative cells in place to maximize the potential for healing.

What Conditions Does Adipose Derived Stromal Cell Therapy Treat?

Adipose derived stromal cell therapy is commonly used for acute and chronic conditions such as: tendinopathy/tendinosis, plantar fasciitis, bursitis, meniscus tears, labral tears, rotator cuff tears, and joint pain

How Do I Schedule an Appointment for Adipose Derived Stromal Cell Therapy?

If you believe you qualify as a candidate for adipose derived stromal cell therapy, please contact DiAnn VanDyke at our MPC South location at (616) 281-1600. All potential regenerative medicine patients will receive a full consultation at one of our Grand Rapids, MI area MPC locations with one of our board certified pain management specialists during which time all questions will be answered.

Platelet-rich plasma, bone marrow aspirate concentrate stem cell therapy and adipose derived stromal cell therapy procedures are performed on site at Michigan Pain Consultants in Grand Rapids, MI. Platelet-rich plasma and adipose derived stromal cell procedures typically take one hour. Bone marrow aspirate concentrate stem cell therapy procedures require at least three hours.

These procedures are considered experimental by most insurance companies and therefore are not currently covered by insurance. If you have any questions regarding your coverage, please contact your insurance carrier for details.