FAQs on Adipose Derived Stem Cell Therapy in Boulder, Loveland, Greeley, Fort Collins CO

Adipose tissue is fat, which is a reservoir for energy. Adipose tissue is also a rich source of multipotent stem cells. Adult stem cells are found in all body organs, but the adipose tissue has more of these specialized cells. Colorado Clinic offers adipose derived stem cell therapy at several locations including Boulder, Loveland, Fort Collins, Greeley and surrounding areas.

How many mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are in adipose tissue compared to blood and bone marrow?Adipose derived stem cells

According to current scientific research, a sample of peripheral blood has around 10,000 stem cells, whereas bone marrow has around 50,000 (with only 37% being MSCs). Adipose tissue has between 10 and 60 million stem cells per sample, and 95% (almost all) of these are mesenchymal stem cells. Based on studies, MSCs are most capable of tissue self-repair.

What makes adipose derived stem cells unique?

Adipose derived stem cells are taken from the patient’s own body, which means very low chance of immune system rejection. In addition, these cells can change into other cell types, can be cryopreserved (frozen) for future use, and are easily accessible in large quantities through a minimal invasive procedure. Mesenchymal stem cells have the ability to modulate the micro-environment to be more like other stem cells.

How do mesenchymal stem cells from adipose tissue work?

Mesenchymal stem cells secrete growth factors and cytokines, which stimulate the regeneration of tissue and repair of organs. They work much like a bone graft that stimulates fracture healing. Researchers believe that MSCs have anti-inflammatory properties and decrease pain.

Adipose derived stem cells are progenitor cells. This means they have the ability to remain inactive (dormant) in the body for years before an injury or disease activates them. Scientists known that receptors on these stem cells allow them to migrate to body regions that need healing. Scientists believe these cells change into the types of tissue needed for repair.

How are adipose stem cells obtained?

The procedure to obtain adipose derived stem cells involves simple liposuction. A cannulated needled is inserted into the abdomen, buttock, or hip after the area is anesthetized by local injection. The cannula is attached to a negative pressurized tube that allows for manual suctioning. The adipose tissue can gently be suctioned from the body in this method.

Stem Cell Therapy back painAfter the fat is removed from the body, the adipose cells are extracted. They are separated in a centrifuge, and prepared in the laboratory. The final component is called vascular stromal fractions (VSF), which is a growth factor rich solution. This procedure is completed on the same day, which provides a faster process than other stem cell procedures.

Why choose adipose stem cell procedures?

Adipose derived stem cells are easier to harvest than bone marrow derived stem cells. In addition, the doctor can obtain larger quantities of stem cells from this method. There is a shorter time from extraction to administration of the stem cells, and no culturing or manipulation is necessary when this procedure is used.

Why use adult adipose stem cells?

Adult stem cells have the ability to replace dying cells in the body. This allows the cells to regenerate damaged tissue. Adipose stem cells seek out areas of injury and can rejuvenate healthy cells and enhance the body’s natural healing mechanism. Adult stem cells are being used to repair and regenerate acute damaged tissues, as well as chronically injured body parts.

What conditions can be treated using adipose derived stem cells?

Many reputable research institutes are conducting trials using adipose derived stem cells for many chronic degenerative conditions. These include:

  • Eye problems
  • Renal failure
  • Neurologic diseases
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Cardiac diseases
  • Pulmonary conditions
  • Orthopedic problems

What are the advantages of using adipose stem cell therapy compared to other types of regenerative cell therapy?

The advantages include:

  • High yield – Abdominal fat has more stem cells than bone marrow. Around 1 billion dormant stem cells can be obtained from 200 milliliters of abdominal fat. Bone marrow yields a much lower amount of usable stem cells.
  • Uses own cells – Patients receive injections of their own cells, so there is no risk for immune rejection.
  • Minimally invasive outpatient procedure – The adipose stem cells can be harvested in a simple office procedure, requiring no overnight stays in the hospital.
  • Versatile and active – Patients receive immediate benefits, and many injuries and conditions can be treated.


Currently, Colorado Clinic is offering adipose derived stem cell injections, if you are interested in this particular treatment, Contact Us and we will get you scheduled!