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Microfragmented Adipose Injections

Microfragmented Adipose injections are the next generation of regenerative medicine for individuals suffering from spinal conditions, joint pain, arthritis, or rotator cuff tears, just to name a few. Traditionally, patients may undergo surgery for these conditions but micro-fragmented adipose injections offer a simple, minimally invasive alternative with a faster recovery time. Virginia Spine Institute is the only facility in the Washington Metropolitan region utilizing the healing properties of the body’s fatty tissue.

Benefits of Microfragmented Adipose Injection

  • Shorter recovery time compared to surgery
  • No anesthesia required
  • Natural healing procedure
  • Increased functionality and range of motion
  • Effective solution to avoid or delay surgery
  • Improved pain-relief and decreased inflammation
  • Outpatient procedure in the comfort of our state-of-the-art facility

Microfragmented Adipose Injection FAQs

What is Microfragmented Adipose?

Microfragmented Adipose provides cushioning and structural support to the body’s tissue by utilizing the reparative cells in fat. Fat contains a variety of cells including adipocytes, pericytes, and stem cells, that when utilized in orthopedic medicine, can promote an environment that aids in the repair, replacement, reconstruction, and support of damaged or injured tissues. Because of its fatty property, a Microfragmented Adipose injection tends to stay in the affected area, allowing your body to maximize the benefits of the reparative cells without being reabsorbed by the body.

How Does a Microfragmented Adipose Injection work?

This simple, minimally invasive procedure removes a small section of fat that is processed in a special Microfragmented Adipose device using a sterile saline solution. The fat is then broken down into a smaller size, removing the blood, inflammatory cells, and fatty oils leaving only the desired, powerful fat behind. The resulting tissue is called Microfragmented Adipose. Your physician then will use a small needle to inject the Microfragmented Adipose tissue into the treatment site. The simplicity of the procedure means that it requires only local anesthesia and can be performed in approximately one hour in our state-of-the-art outpatient medical facility right here at Virginia Spine Institute.

Who is a Candidate for Microfragmented Adipose Injections?

Microfragmented Adipose injections are ideal for candidates looking for a minimally invasive alternative to a major surgical intervention. The following conditions may benefit from this procedure:

  • Osteoarthritis of the joints including knee, hip, shoulder, and ankle joints
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Labrum tears (shoulder)
  • Meniscal (cartilage) tears in the knee
  • Sacroiliac joint pain
  • Lower back pain as a result of spinal facet pain or a pinched nerve
  • Persistent partial tendon tears, such as tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, quadriceps and patellar tendon tears

What Does the Recovery Look Like After a Microfragmented Adipose Injection?

On average, most patients start to see signs of improvement in the form of reduced pain or increased function within two to eight weeks. The timeframe for experiencing results is dependent upon the area of injury and the extent of injury. Continuing a well-designed course of physical therapy and avoidance of aggressive physical activity or overloading the injected tissues is advised in the weeks that follow the injections.

Meet our Regenerative Medicine Team

Dr. Niteesh Bharara

Director of Regenerative Medicine
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Dr. Thomas Nguyen

Interventional Pain Management Specialist

Dr. Steven Papuchis

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Dr. Colin Haines

Spine Surgeon
Director of Research

Dr. Ehsan Jazini

Spine Surgeon

Dr. Christopher Good

Spine Surgeon
President of Virginia Spine Institute

Dr. Thomas Schuler

Spine Surgeon
Founder of Virginia Spine Institute
Chief Executive Officer

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Reviewed by: Dr. Christopher Good.