myStem® is a single-use medical device able to efficiently and reproducibly separate a regenerative fraction that natively contains progenitor- and stem cells from stromal tissue surrounding soft tissue structures. Within 30 – 45 minutes, a surgeon can remove, concentrate and re-administer the stem cells to improve the healing process and outcome. The disposable kit performs minimal manipulation of single-step intra-OR autologous tissue using a GMP- in-a-box concept.Chair-Side Access to Regenerative Cells
The stem cells in fat share the medical-worthy spotlight with a few other cell types. Along with the fat-filled adipocytes that store energy, fat tissue has its blood supply and supporting connective tissue called the stroma. Besides the multipotent stem cells, the stroma contains blood cells, immune cells, endothelial cells that line the inner surface of blood vessels, and pericytes, which form the outer shell. These other fat-derived cells are proving to have therapeutic value as well.Broad Medical Potential
The multipotent stem cells found in fat could be the ultimate body repair kit, providing replacement tissue or inspiring the repair of body parts that can’t mend themselves. When tissue such as muscle, tendon, ligament, or cartilage is injured, the body attempts to heal the injury through its repair mechanisms. However, in certain situations (especially in areas with a lack of blood flow – such as inside and around joints), the body cannot heal the injury adequately or even at all. This may lead to ongoing pain, weakness, disability, swelling, catching, or locking of a joint. In regenerative medicine, we attempt to augment the natural healing process to heal or even “grow back” damaged tissue.