Knee conditions which can be treated with MFAT and PRP therapy include:
Knee Stem Cell ‘Growth Factors’ and PRP Treatment and Therapy
The knee is the largest joint in the body and therefore can suffer from a range of injuries both traumatic and inflammatory.
Knee pain and injuries can be treated using mesenchymal stromal cell therapy: Micro-Fragmented Adipose Tissue (MFAT), Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment and Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC).
Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC’s) can be isolated from bone marrow or adipose (fat tissue) and are able to differentiate into a plethora of tissues including bones, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues.
The most common knee injuries include fractures, dislocations, sprains and tears of soft tissues such as ligaments. Knee pain can also be caused by arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and is the degeneration of cartilage within a joint as an effect of aging. This wear and tear can be medial (inside of the knee) or lateral (outside of the knee).
The typical treatment of knee conditions such as osteoarthritis is initially aimed at relieving the pain and involves anti-inflammatory medicines and physiotherapy. This may be followed by a series of corticosteroid injections. The next step may be an arthroscopy and if the condition continues you may require knee replacement surgery.
Stem cell ‘growth factors’, using Micro-Fragmented Adipose Tissue (MFAT), Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) or bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC) therapy can delay or altogether avoid the need for knee surgery. Growth factors are molecules that stimulate cell differentiation. The treatments are minimally invasive and can decrease inflammation as well as stop the progression of arthritic damage and repair joint cartilage. The recovery time is also much shorter than with surgery.
This day case treatment is exclusively offered to our patients. It uses pioneering technology using your body’s own adipose (fat) cells to treat pain and inflammation with MFAT Injections. Injections using MFAT Injections are minimally invasive and are carried out under ultrasound guidance. Altogether the procedure takes about an hour to perform with a minimal recovery time. As well as being a potential alternative to surgery, MFAT Injections can also aid post-surgery recovery.
PRP Therapy supports your body’s self-healing processes by using your own cells. Blood is mostly liquid (called plasma) but also contains solid component including red cells, white cells and platelets. The platelets are important for clotting blood but they also contain proteins called growth factors which are important in the healing of injuries.
With a higher concentration of growth factors than typically found in blood, PRP injections support the restoration of injured tissue and inhibit painful inflammatory processes.
This treatment is widely researched and supported in clinical papers. See our PRP evidence section.
Our expert team works as part of a collaborative partnership of Surgeons, Sports Medicine doctors and Physiotherapists to provide the perfect patient pathway to get you quickly on the road to recovery. Whether you require conventional treatment or if you are a candidate for these new regenerative treatments, you can be sure that will get the best advice from teaching hospital specialists.
Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC) is a non-surgical, minimally invasive, regenerative treatment that harnesses the natural ability to heal the body through the assistance of biological growth factors. BMAC utilises the regenerative stem cells collected from bone marrow to aid in the acceleration of healing moderate to severe osteoarthritis and tendon injuries.
Bone marrow is extracted from the pelvis bone with a large needle and syringe under local anaesthetics. The harvested bone marrow is then processed into its separate components. The plasma, containing beneficial proteins, is filtered and condensed into a general fluid concentrate (GFC). Similarly, a fraction of the harvested marrow containing mesenchymal stem cells is concentrated into BMAC. Once processed, the BMAC and GFC are separately injected into the joint after sterile preparation and local anaesthetic is applied.
The injection offers:
- Pain relief
- Reduce swelling
- Increase joint function
- Improve condition of joint cartilage