You wake each day to joints that are painful and inflamed thanks to osteoarthritis, and you’re tired of treatments that only manage the symptoms. If you’re looking for a long-term solution that will allow you to get back to your life, we urge you to consider innovative Lipogems adipose (fat) therapy.
Here at Genesis Orthopaedic and Spine, our team is invested in helping our patients to maintain active, pain-free lives, and we believe regenerative medicine treatments like Lipogems fat therapy can play a critical role. Here’s how.
Understanding regenerative medicine
The human body is designed to be self-sufficient, which means it can heal itself quite readily. For example, when you break a bone or cut your finger, we can provide you with a cast or stitches, respectively, but it’s your body that does the real heavy lifting healing-wise.
When your body is injured, it responds with healing resources that reduce inflammation and encourage cellular turnover and proliferation for regeneration and repair.
The goal of regenerative medicine is to harness these amazing capabilities and redirect them to where your body needs them most.
Regenerative medicine and osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis, and it occurs when the cartilage inside your joints begins to break down. The reason why OA has been historically hard to treat is that your cartilage doesn’t contain any blood vessels, which means this tissue doesn’t have access to your body’s healing resources.
Through regenerative medicine, our goal is to introduce these resources, giving your cartilage the tools it needs to rebuild and stay healthy.
The power of adipose/fat therapy
Stem cell clinics and platelet-rich plasma treatments are fast becoming all the rage in treating everything from OA to hair loss, but we caution you that not all therapies are equal.
For example, healing resources such as stem cells can be aspirated from your bone marrow. We feel that using micro fragmented adipose tissue provides a superior solution, since we can not only tap a higher number of reparative cells, but the fatty tissue also provides added support for your beleaguered joints.
The Lipogems process
To harvest and process your fat, we turn to the Lipogems system, which is cleared by the FDA. First, we remove some of your adipose tissue, and then the system cleans and processes the tissue with saline to wash away any contaminants, such as blood and cell debris.
Once cleaned, the Lipogems device then gently resizes the fat tissue to make it easier for injection and to allow for greater interaction with your treatment site.
The last step is re-injecting the processed fat into the joints that are giving you trouble (please note that we can inject multiple sites).
We perform this procedure right here in our offices, usually in under an hour, and you’re free to get on with your day afterward.
When it comes to results, patience is important, since we’re working with your body’s own natural systems. As the adipose tissue supports the repair, replacement, and reconstruction of your connective tissue, you should realize gradual results.
If you’re tired of being hobbled by osteoarthritis, contact our office in Westfield, New Jersey, to learn more about how Lipogems fat therapy can help.