The Stem Cell procedure:
- Consultation with our Proceduralist (General Practitioner/Specialist or both) and Physiotherapist
- Review of x-rays including CT’s and MRI’s
- Review past and significant medical history
- Possible new scans and further review
- Explanation of diagnosis and procedure
- Cost estimate
If proceeding with treatment, further appointments with Olympus Medical Scientists and/or Psychologists at Olympus Sydney Olympic Park Medical Centre may be necessary.
Surgery date can be consulted upon and pre-operative general medical investigations can be requested (e.g. ECG and blood tests)
Hospital – Day of Surgery
The surgical procedure to harvest the fat via mini liposuction is performed at Olympus Medical Centre, Sydney Olympic Park or North Shore Specialist Day Hospital, an ACHS approved facility. Please visit www.nssdh.com.au for further information regarding their facility.
- It is recommended that you have a carer/driver with you and you wear loose comfortable clothing.
- It is required to fast at least 6 hours prior to the procedure.
- The procedure is done under tumescent local anaesthesiae and minor IV sedation.
- If you feel that you are unsuitable for minor surgery under local anaesthetic, then it is possible to have a specialist anaesthetist available to give you more effective sedation but this will need to be planned in advance and consulted on.
- You are admitted via the standard admission procedure with measurement of your blood pressure, pulse rate, temperature and breath rate.
- An intravenous line is established either in the anaesthetic room or the operating room.
- Dextrose saline is infused to maintain hydration.
- Your abdomen is prepared with an antiseptic solution and lignocaine local anaesthetic.
- The liposuction is performed with a 2mm incision in your anterior abdominal wall.
- Approximately 20-100 cc’s of fat is taken which can take 30-60 minutes.
- 1-2 dissolving sutures may be used to close the small wound.
- The aspirate is then processed by the Olympus Hospital Scientist using a standard technique.
The technique has been in use by A/Professor E.Russell Vickers for the last 4 years and has been published in a peer reviewed journal.
- The stem cells are then injected into the appropriate joint or damaged area.
- For jaw joint or back injections then further treatment and procedures may be indicated.
- The patient is discharged home via a carer, approximately 3 hours after the admission.
Review appointments to see the Proceduralist, Physiotherapist and/or Psychologist are made 1-2 weeks after treatment.