Are you in pain? Whether it’s the result of a recent injury or a degenerative condition, such as arthritis, musculoskeletal pain can steal your mobility and limit your quality of life.
Traditional treatments, such as pain medication and physical therapy, are effective for some people, but if you’ve tried everything without relief, you may feel like surgery is the only option left.
Well, it’s not. Kristopher Downing, MD, & James Andry, MD at Upper Extremity Specialists, of Ortho 1 Medical Group, offer Lipogems®. This innovative therapy promotes healing and can reduce the need for orthopedic surgery. Here’s what you need to know.
How Lipogems works
Lipogems puts the healing power of fat to work where you need it most. Fat tissue has more reparative cells than any other tissue in the body, and this therapy takes fat cells from one part of the body and injects it into diseased or injured areas to spur healing and tissue regeneration.
The Lipogems process takes about one hour, and it’s minimally invasive. First, we put a local anesthetic in the area where we will take the fat, which is usually the stomach, love handles, or thigh area.
Then we use a type of needle to withdraw a small amount of fat tissue. Then we process it to break up the cells. Finally, we inject the fat cells into specific points of the treatment area.
Following treatment, the body uses the cells to repair damage and generate healthy tissue. Because Lipogems uses fat tissue, it can be an effective treatment for people of every age. This is because fat tissue doesn’t deteriorate with age, so it offers maximum healing power for everyone from teens to seniors.
Is Lipogems right for you?
Lipogems is a customizable treatment, and Dr. Downing may recommend it if:
Anyone can find themselves with an orthopedic injury, whether they’re a young athlete or a senior citizen. Some of the most common shoulder, elbow, wrist, or hand injuries we treat are:
- Cartilage injuries
- Ligament tears
- Muscle tears
- Strains and sprains
- Tendon tears
Unfortunately, many of these injuries are painful and slow to heal. Lipogems, however, can help boost the healing process.
You have chronic pain
Acute injuries can be painful, but what do you do if the pain doesn’t go away after the injury heals? An injury you suffered in your youth can be a source of chronic pain later. And, degenerative conditions, such as arthritis, can also contribute to chronic pain and limit your mobility and quality of life.
Lipogems offers a natural alternative to pain medication and invasive treatments, and it stimulates healing from the inside out.
You haven’t found relief with conservative care
Some of the most common orthopedic treatments are rest, physical therapy, and pain medication. While these methods relieve pain and promote healing for lots of people, what happens if you try these options and still have debilitating pain?
Lipogems can be the solution for people in this “treatment gap.” If traditional treatments fail to provide relief and you’re not ready to consider surgery, Lipogems can help support healing.
You want to avoid orthopedic surgery
Major surgery was once the only option for orthopedic conditions that didn’t respond to conservative treatment. Now, Lipogems is an alternative for people who want a better quality of life but don’t want to undergo surgery.
Lipogems may help you delay the need for surgery or avoid it entirely. If you do need surgery, we may recommend combining Lipogems with your procedure to accelerate healing and improve your outcome.
If orthopedic pain is interfering with your life, Lipogems may be able to give you relief. To learn more about this cutting-edge treatment, book an appointment online or over the phone with Upper Extremity Specialists today.