Is Stem Cell Therapy Painful?

Have you considered stem cell therapy in the past but haven’t scheduled a consultation with Innovations Medical yet because you are afraid the treatment may be painful? If you’re on the fence about trying stem cell therapy for your chronic illness, sports injury, arthritis, or autoimmune condition, you can rest assured that stem cell therapy from Innovations Medical can help you get back to living the life you deserve with little to no discomfort.

Part 1: Harvesting Fat Stem Cells

During the first part of your procedure at Innovations Medical, Dr. Johnson takes adipose fat stem cells from you in a process known as harvesting. These fat cells come from an area of your body that has unwanted fat, typically around the waist. Before the harvesting procedure begins, Dr. Johnson treats that source area with a local anesthetic. Once the area is completely numb, he makes a tiny incision and performs liposuction using a special cannula tube to collect your cells.

After the harvesting procedure, you may experience some mild swelling and bruising.

The entire procedure takes only a few minutes. Fat stem cell harvesting is much less invasive than other harvesting procedures, such as bone marrow stem cell collection, that sometimes requires general anesthesia and invasion into the bones to collect cells needed for treatment.

Part 2: Deploying Fat Stem Cells

After your fat cells are collected, they are minimally processed to separate them from other blood and tissue. Adipose fat stem cells are higher in number than bone marrow stem cells, so they do not need to be cultured before being used.

The process of returning the fat stem cells to your body is known as deployment. Deployment happens the same day as harvesting. Innovations Medical uses both injection and intravenous methods to deploy stem cells. Like harvesting, deployment is relatively painless, save for the brief pain of a needle prick for injection or IV.

Part 3: What Happens Next?

Once the deployment is complete, your fat stem cells go to work repairing damaged tissue. Fat stem cells reduce the pain and inflammation associated with injury, illness, and disease. Many patients who undergo fat stem cell therapy at Innovations Medical typically require just one treatment; however, many patients like the results they see (living in less pain, improved quality of life, and reduction of symptoms) and opt for additional treatments.

Do you have more questions about fat stem cell therapy from Innovations Medical? Call us today at (214) 643-8665