Stromal Vascular Fraction (SVF) Therapy

Stromal Vascular Fraction (SVF) Therapy

What is stromal vascular fraction (SVF) therapy?

Stromal vascular fraction therapy, also known as SVF therapy, is a procedure that helps patients with various degenerative and inflammatory diseases. It involves the removal of adipose (fat) tissues from the body — usually from the belly or back area — via liposuction. Stromal vascular fraction (SVF) is the name given to the final product present when fat is harvested to obtain stem cells. SVF contains stem cells, other tissue cells, macrophages (white blood cells), and growth factors. This combination is a powerful concentration for healing and regeneration.

What is stromal vascular fraction therapy used for?

Often times, SVF will be used in conjunction with platelet rich plasma (PRP), to inject for rejuvenating or regenerative (healing) purposes. SVF can also be used to culture and grow more mesenchymal stem cell (MSCs) in a specialized laboratory. MSCs can be used for treating chronic conditions, ranging from neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis to stable neurologic conditions.

Who is a candidate for SVF therapy?

In order to undergo SVF therapy, patients must be 16 years or older, be healthy enough to tolerate a local anesthetic and must not have active cancer or infections.

You may be a good candidate for stromal vascular fraction therapy if you have a degenerative disease or inflammatory disease such as:

  • Certain autoimmune diseases
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Cardiac disease
  • Urinary diseases
  • Peyronie's disease
  • Gastrointestinal diseases
  • Orthopedic problems, such as musculoskeletal injuries, degenerative conditions and joint pain
  • Eye diseases
  • Dermatologic conditions such as hair loss and lichen sclerosis
  • Neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease, Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS), or peripheral neuropathy

The uses and various methods of deploying stromal vascular fraction (SVF) are continually growing.

How is SVP therapy performed?

SVP therapy can be performed under local anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. Fat tissues are removed by lipo-harvesting and lipotransfer. These removed fat tissues then get separated into several components by a specialized container, where they are processed by enzyme, centrifuged and incubated. As a result of the separation process, a collection of cells (the cells that make up SVF) is created. The newly harvested SVF can be used in many different ways, depending on the patient's needs.

How is SVP deployed?

SVF can be deployed in several ways. The most commonly used deployment methods are:

  • Directly into a specific joint, such as the knee, in order to treat a specific problem in that joint
  • Into a specific joint through the use of image guidance. This involves using x-ray, ultrasound, MRI or other imaging tools to ensure the SVF is deployed directly into the joint.
  • Directly into an area of soft tissue
  • Through intravenous (IV) deployment

More than one of these methods of deployment may be combined in the same patient for treating diseases like rheumatoid arthritis or for treating patients impacted by multiple disorders.

What are the effects of SVF therapy?

Stromal vascular fraction therapy has produced astounding results in wound healing, cardiac function recovery, nerve repair, disease mitigation, arthritis mitigation and in the treatment of crippling back pain.

What are the benefits of stromal vascular fraction therapy?

Benefits of SVF therapy include:

  • Performed as an outpatient procedure
  • Performed under local anesthesia
  • Minimally invasive procedure
  • Minimal recovery time
  • Safe and effective

Dr. Prabhat Soni is a recognized leader in the field of stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine. To learn more about the benefits of SVF therapy or to find out whether you're a candidate for this type of treatment, schedule an appointment today.