How Does mFat Therapy Work?
MFAT therapy operates through a mechanism involving mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) derived from fat tissue. These cells play a crucial role in tissue regeneration and modulating inflammatory responses, offering relief not only for knee osteoarthritis but also for conditions like hip osteoarthritis and various musculoskeletal issues.
The Role of Mesenchymal Stem Cells in mFat Therapy
Mesenchymal stem cells, interchangeably known as medicinal signalling cells (MSCs), are pivotal in mFat therapy. These cells, derived from adipose (fat) tissue, target areas in the joint causing pain or dysfunction, aiding in regeneration and repair. MSCs are particularly abundant in fat tissue, making them readily accessible and highly effective for regenerative purposes. By re-introducing your own MSCs, isolated during the MFAT process, blood flow is increased and inflammation is reduced, facilitating self-healing and recovery.
The mFat Procedure
The mFat procedure is minimally invasive, involving three key steps:
- Fat Tissue Harvesting: Fat tissue is extracted under anaesthesia.
- Tissue Processing: Using the Lipogems system, fat is processed to enrich it with MSCs.
- Targeted Injection: The prepared MFAT is injected into the affected joint to facilitate healing.
Broad-Spectrum Efficacy of mFat Therapy
mFat therapy effectively treats:
- Knee and hip osteoarthritis
- Cartilage, meniscus, and ligament injuries
- Shoulder pain and rotator cuff issues.
Integrating mFat with Other Treatments
mFat therapy can be combined with other regenerative treatments like hyaluronic acid or platelet-rich plasma for enhanced efficacy.
Clinical Validation and Safety
Extensive research and clinical applications worldwide back the safety and efficacy of mFat therapy. Studies validate its role in improving joint function and alleviating pain.
Frequently Asked Questions
mFat therapy is suitable for individuals with joint pain, arthritis, and injuries in various joints, offering an alternative to more invasive surgical procedures.
Post-procedure, patients may experience moderate pain and swelling, manageable with rest and painkillers. Normal activities can usually be resumed within 1 to 2 weeks, with improvements visible from two to eight weeks.
While mFat therapy is a promising option, alternatives range from other minimally invasive procedures to surgical interventions like knee or hip replacement. The best treatment should be determined with a specialist orthopaedic surgeon.