Are you bothered by musculoskeletal pain? About half of American adults suffer from musculoskeletal disorders, which include chronic conditions and injuries to bones, joints, and muscles.
These musculoskeletal conditions can be debilitating, and finding effective treatment can be difficult. If you’ve tried all the conservative options out there, and you haven’t found relief, you might be wondering if surgery is the only thing left to consider. It’s not!
Lipogems® is a minimally invasive, FDA-cleared treatment that harnesses the healing power of your own fat cells to help spur healing. Kristopher Downing, MD, & James Andry, MD at Upper Extremity Specialists, of Ortho 1 Medical Group, regularly recommend this innovative solution for people with shoulder, elbow, wrist, or hand pain that doesn’t improve with conservative care.
If you’re tired of living with musculoskeletal pain, here are a few reasons why it’s worth considering Lipogems.
The basics of Lipogems
Your fat tissue is loaded with healing capabilities. The Lipogems system makes use of these properties by harvesting your own fat tissue and injecting it into areas that are injured. The cells then go to work spurring healing in the treated areas.
Treatment is minimally invasive and simple. First, Dr. Downing makes a small puncture in your skin, typically near your abdomen or flanks. Then he extracts a small amount of fat. Next, he processes it with a sterile saline solution. Finally, he uses a small needle to inject the fat into the treatment sites.
It’s an outpatient procedure that typically takes less than an hour from start to finish. Plus, recovery is much shorter than traditional orthopedic surgery.
Benefits of Lipogems
There are many reasons to consider Lipogems, but here are five of the top ones.
1. Lipogems stimulates healing from within
The Lipogems system uses fat tissue from your body to treat musculoskeletal conditions and injuries. Why? Because fat cells are natural restorative powerhouses within the body.
In fact, fat tissue has 100-500 times the number of reparative cells than other types of tissue. When fat is injected into painful joints and damaged soft tissue, it stimulates healthy cell regeneration to reduce pain and speed healing naturally.
2. Lipogems is a versatile treatment
Dr. Downing and our team use Lipogems to treat a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders affecting the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand. Lipogems can reduce pain, improve mobility, and spur healing.
The Lipogems process is so versatile, it can even be used in multiple areas in just one session. Talk to Dr. Downing about combining treatments if you have musculoskeletal pain in more than one spot, such as your elbow and wrist, for example.
3. Lipogems can help you avoid or delay surgery
When it comes to musculoskeletal disorders, many people find themselves in a “treatment gap.” It’s a gap in medical care that occurs when a patient has tried conservative treatments without success, but they don’t want to undergo invasive surgery.
Lipogems could be an option for you if you’re in the treatment gap, because it helps stimulate healing and reduce pain. It can effectively help you avoid or delay the need for surgery, especially if you’ve tried other treatments, such as anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, and steroid injections, without relief.
4. Lipogems has a low risk for side effects
As mentioned, Dr. Downing harvests fat tissue from your body. This is a major benefit, because using tissue from your own body can minimize the risk for complications, such as rejection.
5. Lipogems is FDA-cleared
The Lipogems procedure is FDA-cleared, so you can be confident in your care. Clearance by the FDA means the procedure has been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and it’s been cleared for patients in the United States.
Even if you feel like you’ve tried everything to treat your musculoskeletal pain, you’re not out of options. To see if Lipogems can help you, book an appointment online or over the phone with Upper Extremity Specialists today.