The process in the office is very easy. It starts with a consultation with your Surgeon or nurse introducing the purpose for banking your healthy tissue.
After a brief introduction to banking cells, you will then be offered an opportunity to ask any questions to understand why Tissues are now routinely gathered and stored as a future standard of care. Once you have made the decision to move forward, your Surgeon’s office will then enroll you to begin the process:
“In our previously unwanted fat lies a vast store of our own body’s stem cells, which we may be able to use to treat many conditions in the near future,” said Dr. Coleman of New York, NY.
Once enrolled, a Tissue Collection & Transport Kit is provided to your Surgeon’s office, with all the required elements. The kit must be stored at room temperature until the scheduled surgery. The doctor will have all the necessary instructions within the kit for the procurement of adipose tissue for collection and the storage of your natural tissue for future cosmetic or other procedures.
The doctor will place all adipose tissue (fat tissue), post surgery, into the Kit and the practice administrator will make all arrangements for the medical priority FedEx overnight shipment.
Once the collection kit arrives at our laboratory, the lab technicians will open the kit, review all the paperwork, verify the unique identification number, and place the information into our database.
The tissue processing procedure(s) begins in our sterile laboratory and a quality control process is performed to identify that healthy, viable tissue and cells are suitable for cryopreservation and volumes of each are identified, confirmed, and recorded. Stringent procedures are in place to ensure cellular viability and adhere to all applicable FDA and AATB regulations.
We use specialized cryogenic tubes to store the tissues. A controlled-rate freezing process is used to prepare the cells for long-term storage. This technique is very important for maintaining the viability of the tissue and stem cells, and for achieving the subsequent and necessary sustained cryogenic temperature in the cryogenic storage.
The cells belong to the individual and no tissue can be released without consent of the individual or guardian. Based on current research, tissue has been successfully stored in excess of 40 years, and stem cells have been successfully stored for 25 years in a cryopreserving storage. It is believed that these materials may have the possibility to last a person’s lifetime in cryopreservation.