FAT TRANSFER + PRP (PLATELET RICH PLASMA)
This therapy utilizes a patient’s adipose (fat), combined with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), to provide a potent biological therapeutic combination. Fat contains many types of cells that are useful in the healing process, including stem cells, adipocytes, and various types of connective tissue cells, all of which have a role in healing. Combined with PRP, the management of various musculoskeletal conditions, such as osteoarthritis, has taken a big step forward. All affected joints can be treated, including hips, knees, ankles and shoulders.
HOW IS THE FAT HARVESTED?
Fat is harvested from the subcutaneous tissue of the abdomen, flank, buttock or thighs. This is a simple procedure done using local anaesthetic, and usually only 20-40cc of fat are actually needed. The procedure is done in the office as an outpatient, and is very comfortable as local anaesthetic is used to freeze all relevant areas. Once harvested, your fat is cleaned and concentrated, and is immediately combined with your PRP, and injected into the appropriate area. Ultrasound guidance is used to ensure accuracy of needle placement. Procedures typically take about 60 minutes.
HOW MANY INJECTIONS WILL I NEED?
Usually one is all it takes to achieve a satisfactory level of improvement.
ANY RISKS AND SIDE EFFECTS?
Some local discomfort and bruising at both the fat harvesting site and the injection site are normal, lasting up to 1-2 weeks. As with any procedure that penetrates the skin, there is a low risk of infection. Finally, the usual risks of liposuction that result from large amounts of fat being removed do not apply here based on the small quantity actually being harvested. Furthermore, as local anaesthetic is used, the risks that accompany general anaesthesia and/or IV sedation do not apply.
WHEN CAN I EXPECT TO START FEELING BETTER?
Often within weeks, once the post injection discomfort passes, but full effects will take several months to manifest.