Stem Cells from Fat: Cells with Potential
We now know that fat tissue is the body’s most important reserve of vital cells, including stem cells and so-called progenitor cells. Since its foundation in 1994 body fat and its potential are in the focus in Clinic DDr. Heinrich®. The regenerative effects documented in many studies suggest therapeutic applications in orthopaedics and other areas of medicine.
These findings are not new: Over the course of many years, practitioners of veterinary medicine have made positive experiences in the therapeutic use of autologous stem cells for thousands of dogs and racehorses. Stem cells extracted from the animals’ autologous fat appear to be suited for the regeneration of damaged joints, bones and cartilages. Furthermore, they are administered with the goal of general regeneration and increasing performance.
Centers worldwide are now also carrying out therapy with adult stem cells from autologous fat on humans. Due to the enormous potential for success and possible huge benefits, Clinic DDr. Heinrich® is now offering regenerative stem cell therapy.
Therapeutic Application of Stem Cells
- Alopecia (hair loss)
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Arteriosclerosis (heart)
- Crohn’s disease
- Empty Nose Syndrome (ENS)
- Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
- Induratio penis plastica (IPP)
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Muscular dystrophy
- Osteoarthritis, joint problems and sports injuries (knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, hand, finger, etc.)
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Raynaud’s phenomenon
- Skin aging
- Stroke (prevention and post-treatment)
- Ulcerative colitis
- Systemic sclerosis
- Wound healing disorders
Many diseases that look different at the first glance are actually based on the same disease mechanism. Damage to the tissue causes an overreaction of the body against the defective cells (so-called autoimmune reaction). The immune system subsequently destroys the damaged cells, a degenerative process begins.
Stem cells (so-called “mesenchymal stem cells”) hold the potential to suppress these overreactions of the body and to stimulate the regeneration of affected cells, tissues, and organs at the same time. Numerous studies have been made worldwide in which mesenchymal stem cells are used in the therapy of circulatory disorders, heart diseases, diabetes, joint diseases, neurological and endocrinological diseases, and other chronic and degenerative processes.
Due to their regenerative potential, mesenchymal stem cells are also suitable for skin rejuvenation, to assist the healing of, e.g., sports injuries, and for hair growth treatment.
I have always been athletic. 30 years ago, I first felt a stinging pain in my knees. The pain increasingly troubled me. I wanted to be more mobile again. That is why I underwent knee treatment with my own fat stem cells in the Clinic DDr. Heinrich®. Since then my joint problem has improved significantly. The next day I was practically free of pain and that’s how it stayed. In the meantime, I even ride my racing bike again!
Drei Jahre lang litt ich unter Schmerzen in den Hüftgelenken. Ich konnte nur mühsam Spazieren, Wandern und Schwimmen und musste in der Arbeit sitzen. Infiltrationen brachten leider keine Linderung. Dann erfuhr ich von DDr. Heinrich und seiner Stammzelltherapie. Ich entschied mich für die Hüftbehandlung mit Stammzellen und bin heute glücklich über das Ergebnis. Die Schmerzen sind praktisch gänzlich verschwunden!
I suffered from knee pain when climbing stairs, walking, kneeling, and getting up. Physiotherapy unfortunately only gave me a relief for a short period of time. DDr. Heinrich and his team treated me in a very friendly and diligent way. 3 weeks after stem cell treatment of my knee, I had much less pain and could even complete a one-hour sightseeing tour completely without any pain.
I suffered from worsening knee pain for 5 years. My wish was to be able to live my everyday life again without severe restrictions. After careful consideration, I decided to undergo stem cell treatment. The pain subsided continually after the procedure. Now I am able to climb stairs, run, and visit the gym – no match for the condition prior to the treatment! I would definitely do the surgery again.
I suffered from knee problems for about 15 years when skiing, playing tennis, or running. I did not want to constantly take pain medicine and therefore contacted the Viennese doctor DDr. Heinrich. I noticed significant improvements in the knee already a few weeks after the treatment. Now I can even play tennis and do gymnastics again. This spring I was able to enjoy the 3-day bike ride without any pain and painkillers.
I had a lot of pain in my ankle, even at rest. As a result, I could barely work in my garden. Hyalurone and nutritional supplements did not lead to an improvement. I had confidence in Dr. Heinrich from the beginning. After the treatment, the pain was gone! I am looking forward to the fall, when I can collect mushrooms again. I am very happy about the result.
20 years ago I first noticed pain in my knee. At some point I was only able to manage short walking distances and had to reduce sports activities. After unsuccessful therapies I read about DDr. Heinrich and the new treatment with fat stem cells. I decided to undergo stem cell treatment in his clinic. After the treatment there was a steady improvement. Today, I can again pursue all leisure activities such as cycling.
When I climbed stairs my knee suddenly hurt badly. Unfortunately, the pain did not go away. Diagnosis: Cartilage damage in the knee. I could not do sports anymore. Then I decided to undergo joint treatment with my own fat stem cells. I was very well cared for by DDr. Heinrich and his team. What pleases me in particular is that I am now able to walk, cycle, and swim again!
The mode of action of autologous stem cells is based on a natural process that occurs inside the body in any injury, such as a bone fracture. Targeted administration of stem cells during stem cell therapy promotes the healing process, as even more stem cells support the healing of the body area requiring regeneration.
Procedure of a Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy with autologous stem cells from fat tissue is carried out on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia. During the first step, a small quantity of fat is obtained with gentle liposuction using microcannulas. The stem cells isolated from it in a complex laboratory procedure are reinjected immediately after appropriate processing. Repeat treatment sessions are often recommended.
The therapeutic effect generally begins several weeks after the application. Any further treatment can be carried out several months later at the earliest, regardless of the improvement achieved. Check-ups after surgery are scheduled on an individual basis.
Please note that no guarantees or promise of cure can be given in medicine generally; this also applies to new types of treatment such as stem cell therapy. Although we carry out your surgery with the greatest care and have achieved excellent results in part with stem cell treatment, adult stem cells are not a universal remedy.
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This page serves the purpose of information only and is not to be understood as medical advice. We would like to expressly point out that a cure cannot be guaranteed. Stem cell therapy is an advanced procedure, which has only recently been applied worldwide and for which the long-term studies and reliable documentation on successes, risks and side effects required for a recognized procedure are not yet available.
The legislation on stem cell therapies and conducting of new therapies varies from country to country worldwide. In our clinic in Austria we only carry out the treatments permitted under the applicable legal situation. For other treatments we have worldwide contacts in our cooperation network and can support the selection of specialized medical facilities abroad.