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This comes as no surprise when one considers all the research that has been done with fat stem cells. When a mainstream periodical such as "Time" magazine considers something as one of the fifty best inventions of the year that says something… — Dr. Joseph Purita


Fat is finally making it to the big time. The only thing I would question is the fact of naming fat stem cells as one of the best inventions of 2011. Fat stem cells have been used for many years now with excellent and safe results. Perhaps we should say that fat stem cells finally have been recognized for their potential. Just a few weeks ago there was news about fat stem cells being used to regenerate heart muscle in heart attack victims with good results. This is just one of many different examples where fat stem cells cause repair.

Why all the fuss about fat stem cells? If we analyze fat we realize that it is a gold mine of mesenchymal stem cells.

These are typically the most important cells that accomplish repair to bone, tendon, cartilage, and muscle. These are the four structures we are very much involved with in the repair of orthopaedic problems. Even if you have conventional surgery you are depending upon stem cells to finalize the repair. These stem cells from fat are initially derived from bone marrow stem cells and thus they act very similar to bone marrow stem cells. The fat cells are harvested the same day as they are used and thus they do not lose their potency.

The main reason why the fat stem cells are so important is the sheer number of stem cells that are contained in fat tissue. As we age, the number of mesenchymal stem cells diminishes dramatically in our bone marrow. In the meantime the treasure trove of mesenchymal stem cells stays relatively constant in our fat tissue. By no means do I mean to reduce the importance of bone marrow since it contains large numbers of other type of cells we need in addition to all the growth factors that are found in stem cells. When we use bone marrow aspirate (the liquid that is removed from the bone marrow ) and combine it with fat and the stem cells that fat contains we have a cocktail that can do some excellent repair work.

My final thought about the "Time" article is that I don’t consider fat stem cells as an invention. An invention is something that is created. Fat stem cells have been there all along. They were discovered. It just might turn out that at least in medicine, fat stem cells might be one of the most important discoveries of all time. The potential is there, we just need to learn the tricks of harnessing it.

Taken from “Stem Cell Orthopaedic Blog | PRP Therapy | Dr. Joseph Purita: FAT STEM CELLS“,
Dr. Purita’s blog on The Institute of Regenerative & Molecular Orthopaedics.

Dr. Joseph Purita

Dr. Joseph Purita is a pioneer in the use of the laser in orthopedic surgery. He graduated from Georgetown University Medical School and served his surgical internship at the University of Florida Medical Center. Following completion of a residency in orthopedic surgery at University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he served as chief administrative resident, Dr. Purita joined the Boca Raton Orthopedic Group in 1981.


Dr. Purita is a member of many professional organizations including:

  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • Southern Medical Association
  • Palm Beach Medical Society
  • Palm Beach Orthopedic Society
  • Florida Medical Association

He is Board Certified by the following organizations:

  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • American College of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • American Board of Pain Management
  • Anti-Aging Medicine


Dr. Purita is an instructor and proctor of surgeons in the use of lasers in arthroscopic and orthopedic surgery at a variety of hospitals. He spoke at the “Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine World Congress” in California in January, 2011 with a lecture on “Stem Cells and PRP Injections”. He also spoke twice at the April, 2011 “World Congress on Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine Congress” in Mexico on “The Use of Supplements and Their Effects on Stem Cells and PRP Injections” and on “Stem Cells and PRP Injections”. In August 2012, he spoke about “The Use of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Stem Cell (both Bone Marrow and Fat) Injections in an Office Setting” at The 6th Annual Anti-Aging & Aesthetic Medicine Conference “Integrative Health & Longevity” in Melbourne, Australia.

I have now done thousands of cases with Adi-Light. I have not done one case without it. — Dr. Joseph Purita