What Happens during a stem cell procedure

Stem-cell treatments are safe, minimally-invasive procedures

 
 
 

Check in

STEP ONE

Check in with our friendly office team and they will get you signed in and ready for this non-invasive procedure.

Comfortable Positioning

STEP TWO

We ensure that you are comfortable throughout the entire procedure. First, you will lie on your stomach in a relaxing position and your lower back will be gently cleansed with antiseptic solution.

Local anesthetic

STEP THREE

A very small needle will be used to numb the skin with a mild local anesthetic. We do not use a general anesthesia or sedation so that recovery time can be minimal.

Small Incision

STEP FOUR

Once the skin is completely numb, a very small incision that is less than a quarter inch, will be made in the lower back area. A mini liposuction will be used to extract 60 mL of adipose tissue that contains between 6 to 30 million stem cells.

CELL BANKING

STEP FIVE

Pittsburgh Stem Cell does not offer cell banking at this time. If it becomes available in the future, we will collect a small amount of additional adipose tissue so that it can be sent for Cell Banking.

RELEASED FOR PROCESSING

STEP SIX

After this is complete, a dressing will be placed over the lower back and you are released while the processing is underway. It may take one and a half to two hours. You are welcome to relax in the lobby or travel to the local coffee shop for a cup of coffee.

STEM CELLS PREPARED

STEP SEVEN

The collection of fatty tissue will be processed in a sterile environment and undergo a sophisticated process to prepare the millions of stem cells collected for the procedure.

TREATMENT PROCEDURE

STEP EIGHT

Depending on the reason for treatment, the stem cells will then be injected or instilled. The IV infusion will take about 30 min.

DISCHARGED

STEP NINE

Our team will go over the discharge instructions with you and make sure that all of your questions have been answered. If you are participating in one of our studies, our team may follow up with you to discuss your ongoing progress.