Stem Cell Therapy: The Alternative to Knee Replacement / Are there different types of MSC’s?

Yes. There are two main types for orthopedic applications of MSC’s, bone marrow and adipose (fat derived).  Bone marrow MSC’s are taken via a needle through bone marrow aspirate. The bone marrow aspiration procedure sounds like a big deal, but we are constantly told by patients that the procedure is very well tolerated.

The second type of MSC is derived from adipose. This can be obtained via liposuction. Literature indicates that this fat derived MSC’s or adipose Stem Cell derived MSC’s consistently and dramatically underperform versus bone marrow derived cells. In studies of cartilage repair, bone repair and soft tissue repair, bone marrow derived MSC’s are much adapt at these tasks.

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