As I have written in this Blog, the explanation of how a Stem Cell orchestrates change is dynamic with a shift in scientific thinking from the stem cell as a progenitor to the stem cell acting as a Bio-immune moderator and as a Medicinal Drug Store affecting lots of other cells. So too is there an evolution in the role of Amniotic Fluid Concentrate and that of Adipose Derived Stem Cells.

I will start with Amniotic Fluid Concentrate (AFC). In the beginning, the AFC was introduced in the marketplace as a source of viable stem cells to be positioned as an alternative to Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate. That introduction of Amniotic Fluid Concentrate followed success in healing chronic wounds associated with Diabetes and vascular insufficiency. The producers and manufacturers of AFC recognized an opportunity to introduce their product as an alternative for treating arthritis. At first, the commercial approach was to market the concentrate as a source of viable stem cells. Within six months though, reason prevailed and the Amniotic Fluid Concentrate was repositioned in the marketplace as an alternative to Visco-supplementation; a joint gel so to speak with longer term and a higher percent success rate than that with Hyaluronic Acid options.

Three years ago, the notion of Adipose Derived Stem Cells (ADSC) was rarely researched or commented on as an option for arthritis since the FDA had made it clear that in order to not be classified as a Pharmaceutical, an orthobiologic could not be manipulated or expanded. Until recently, in order to liberate the stem cell from adipose tissue and make the cells biologically available, the product of lipo-aspiration would have to be treated with an enzyme, collagenase for four hours. This would violate the FDA mandate of no manipulation and the four hour rule for reintroduction into the body. Over the last several months, at least two companies from Europe have introduced a mechanical means of allegedly liberating Mesenchymal Stem Cells from Lipo-Aspirate and thereby making it readily available and FDA compliant. How the FDA ultimately interprets mechanical emulsification cannot be predicted. Additionally, how MSCs from adipose tissue clinically perform when compared to MSCs derived from Bone Marrow Aspirate will be a matter of great debate. This alternative could be directed to those too far advanced to benefit from Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate.

What is subchondroplasty?  For another Blog.

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