LIPOGEMS® is a cutting edge stem cell technology that gently processes and uses your body’s own fat tissue to cushion and support areas of injury or damage as your body heals itself. LIPOGEMS is a FDA-cleared device for processing and same-day injection of adipose tissue. This revolutionary new way of processing fat harvest takes full advantage of the complete healing microenvironment.
The Lipogems are created in a closed-system device that uses only sterile saline solution to wash away the impurities. The gentle process micro-fragments the fat, preserving the natural and beneficial properties of the tissue. The optimal size of the Lipogems tissue allows your physician to accurately inject a specific treatment site with a small gauge needle and minimize pain at the injection site.
This in-office procedure is performed under local anesthesia.
More severe muscle, ligament and tendon tears, moderate to severe joint arthritis, and degenerative joint conditions.
The fat is taken from the stomach, “love handles” or thigh areas using a local anesthetic to numb the area. Roughly 4-8 tablespoons of fat is obtained.
The procedure is performed under local anesthesia and the fat harvesting is typically not painful. The anesthesia is applied on the skin surface for 15 minutes to ensure adequate numbing is achieved making the rest of the procedure virtually painless.
The total length of the treatment is typically about 90 minutes, but most of that time is spent waiting for the anesthesia to take effect and the balance of the time is spent processing the adipose tissue.
Compared to bone marrow, 1g of adipose tissue contains 500 times more pluripotent cells than 1g of bone marrow aspirate. In laboratory studies, cultured adipose derived stem cells have a greater proliferation rate compared to cells isolated from other sources. Ageing may reduce the availability of bone marrow cells.
Using the LIPOGEMS system, any impurities in the fat graft are removed and only the beneficial properties of the tissue remains. The fat graft is then injected under ultrasound guidance allowing the mesenchymal stem cells (in companion with a supporting cast of cells and proteins) to maximize the healing benefits.
We use musculoskeletal ultrasound to identify the injured tendon, ligament or joint and to guide the needle at the injection site.
Most patients only require one procedure. In more severe tendon or ligament injuries and in the case of arthritis, multiple injects can be required.
LIPOGEMS procedures are too new to be covered by insurance. Insurance plans typically cover the initial consultation, follow up appointments and therapy if needed. Our billing department can answer questions regarding specific insurance coverage and treatment cost.