Lipogems®: What it is and How it is Used

March 25, 2022


Fat-derived Cell-based therapy

Like many things in life, when it comes to body fat moderation is key. Your body needs fat tissue to help its vital systems including the cardiovascular, endocrine, reproductive and central nervous systems, function properly.  But too much body fat is harmful and can lead to increased risk for chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and arthritis.

Now, regenerative medicine specialists are putting fat’s natural healing abilities to work to address common orthopedic conditions such as joint and tendon injuries.

What is Micro-fragmented Adipose Tissue? 

Fat or adipose tissue is rich in healing cells like mesenchymal stem cells or MSCs, growth factors and other proteins that can assist in healing tissues. Innovative procedures, like Lipogems® uses the body’s own fat with a patented system that processes and resizes the adipose tissue.  A small amount of fat is collected from the buttocks, abdomen or “love handles.”  There is minimal manipulation of the tissue with no enzymatic digestion or addition of other biological or pharmacological agents.

The processed tissue is called Micro-fragmented Adipose Tissue (MFAT) and it is injected into injured areas using imaging guidance to help provide cushion and support the healing of damaged tissues. The entire procedure is performed in a doctor’s clinic without the need for sedation. 

What Are the Outcomes for Lipogems®?

There are more than 70 research studies published in the peer-reviewed medical literature using this treatment with up to 3 years of follow-up.  More than 35,000 procedures are performed worldwide with a low rate of minor complications and no major complications reported. There is no risk of rejection and low risk of infection since you are using your own tissue. Individual outcomes vary based on the extent of the injury or damage as well as the patient’s overall health and fitness levels.

“Surgery is not always the only option. Our goal is to prevent unnecessary surgery and to get busy New Yorkers back to work or play as soon as possible.”

“Some patients are stuck in the “treatment gap” for 9-20 years, and even 40 years for younger patients. The treatment gap is the time between limited relief or failure of conservative efforts (such as physical therapy, pain medications, activity modification, viscosupplementation) and the time when they undergo surgical intervention. Our goal is to help patients by providing FDA cleared treatment options backed by peer-reviewed scientific literature, to help them live happier and healthier lives.”

Fat-derived cell-based therapies, like Lipogems®, is a great non-surgical treatment option for patients with orthopedic injuries or conditions who failed standard therapies. Schedule a consultation with our innovative Regenerative Medicine doctors to determine if you are a good candidate for these treatments.

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