PATIENT PROCEDURES

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Patient Pre and Post Procedure for Stem Cell Harvesting and Deployment Instructions

Please follow these instructions as indicated. Please report any infections, dental work, and/or surgery at least two (2) weeks prior to your procedure. If anything is unclear, feel free to contact our office for further information at: (919) 830-5949.

NO aspirin, aspirin products, or blood thinners are to be taken 7 days prior to your stem cell treatment procedure. The following is a list of products which contain aspirin or blood thinning properties:

  • All brands of aspirin
  • Motrin
  • Advil
  • Excedrin
  • Alka Seltzer
  • Theraflu
  • Pepto-Bismol
  • Plavix
  • Coumadin
  • Pradaxa
  • Xarelto

If you are not sure about medication that you are taking, please consult your pharmacist.

Day of the Procedure:

The day of your appointment for the stem cell deployment, take a shower. Wash all areas of your body thoroughly.  Wear loose, baggy or sweat pants and a comfortable top.  There are no dietary restrictions either before or after your stem cell procedure. However, no alcohol should be consumed 8 hours prior to your visit and a light meal rather than a heavy one is preferable before the procedure.

The Procedure:

A “mini” liposuction procedure to harvest stem cells is done in our surgical facility under local anesthetic. You will be asked lie on the exam table and a small area of your abdomen is exposed.  Iodine soap is used to clean the harvesting site and sterile drapes are placed over you to help prevent infection. You’re given injections of anesthetic into your skin to reduce your discomfort. Once the anesthetic takes effect, the doctor makes a small puncture and removes some fat with a suction device.  You may feel a pulling sensation during this process. The procedure takes about 20 minutes. The puncture heals naturally without stitches.

After the Procedure:

In general, your post-stem cell treatment period should be marked by modified physical activity for 48 hours. DO NOT engage in any strenuous activity, heavy lifting, or athletics for a period of seven days. Your physician may give you additional specific instructions on activity depending on what type of stem cell deployment you had.

Strictly avoid any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications for TWO weeks after your stem cell injections. (e.g., Motrin, Advil, Naprosyn, etc)

  • It is required to have someone available to drive you home.
  • Any discomfort you feel is usually very mild. If you need it, an over-the-counter pain reliever may help.
  • Place an ice pack on your liposuction harvest site if there is any discomfort.
  • A slight amount of bruising and swelling is expected.
  • We recommend you were the compression binder (if applied) overnight. You may shower (not bathe) the next day. You may want to re-apply the binder for up to one week as it will maintain compression on the wound and may provide added comfort. This is optional and you may leave it off if you find it very uncomfortable.

When to Call Your Doctor

Call our office at (888) 959-2365, if you notice any of the following after your procedure:

  • Increasing pain or swelling in your harvesting area
  • A large black-and-blue area, or a growing lump
  • Fever or chills
  • Increasing redness or drainage of the incision
  • Bleeding from the incision