Circulation Disorders: Successful Treatment with Stem Cells from Fat

Study demonstrates the healing potential of stem cells in peripheral vascular disease

Vienna (2017-03-15) — American scientists have found that stem cells from adipose tissue are an effective way to treat blood flow problems in the arms and legs. In their recent study published in the scientific journal Stem Cell Research 10 patients suffering from peripheral vascular disease due to diabetes or arteriosclerosis were successfully treated with stem cells. The stem cells were obtained from each patient’s own (autologous) fatty tissue.

Arteriosclerosis is the most common cause of the development of peripheral vascular disorders, closely followed by diabetes. Deposits caused by the underlying disease lead to constrictions or occlusions in the blood vessels of the arms or legs as well as chronic wounds, which in the end stage can even require an amputation of the affected limb.

“Patients who suffer from degenerative diseases are apparently benefiting from the considerable regenerative potential of stem cells. These include the peripheral occlusive disease,” explains DDr. Karl-Georg Heinrich, physician working in the field of regenerative and aesthetic medicine. In his Clinic DDr. Heinrich® in Vienna stem cells from body fat are used for the treatment of circulatory disorders and other chronic problems, such as osteoarthritis.

These stem cell treatments are performed on an outpatient basis as an intervention in local anesthesia. “Stromal Vascular Fraction” (SVF) is obtained from a small amount of harvested body fat, which contains a high proportion of mesenchymal “Adipose-Derived Stem Cells” (ADSCs). Depending on the initial situation, repetitions of the treatment may be recommendable.

SVF suspension was injected into the legs and feet affected by circulatory disorders and chronic wounds. As a result, a significant alleviation of the so-called “window shopper’s disease” (Claudicatio intermittens) was found, which causes severe pain in the case of circulatory disorders of the legs. In the majority of the patients also an increase in new vessel formation and improved wound healing could be observed.

It seems to be important to start the treatment with stem cells in an as early as possible stage of disease.

“Of course, there is no guarantee of cure, but the therapeutic potential of stem cells and the SVF cell mixture is astonishing,” says DDr. Heinrich, who was one of the first doctors in Europe to perform therapies with the patient’s own fat stem cells. “Not only joint wear and blood circulation disorders, but also other chronic diseases can already be treated with stem cells.” Especially in autoimmunological diseases, autologous fat stem cells are used with promising prospects for success. In patients with scleroderma and Crohn’s disease, an increase in the quality of life could be achieved in studies by treatment with autologous stem cells.

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