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Minimally Invasive Procedure

Lipogems 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 Lipogems injections offer a simple, minimally invasive alternative with a faster recovery time. Led by Director of Regenerative Medicine, Dr. Niteesh Bharara, Virginia Spine Institute is the only facility in the Washington Metropolitan region utilizing the healing properties of the body's fatty tissue. 

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WHAT ARE LIPOGEMS?

Lipogems provide 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 Lipogems 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.

WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR LIPOGEMS INJECTIONS?

Lipogems 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
HOW DOES IT WORK?

This simple, minimally invasive procedure removes a small section of fat that is processed in a special Lipogems 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 Lipogems. Your physician then will use a small needle to inject the Lipogems 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.

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WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AFTER THE LIPOGEMS INJECTION?

After a Lipogems Injection, you may experience mild to moderate swelling, soreness, redness, and a slight increase in pain for a short time as the body initiates the healing process. You should not engage in strenuous activity for at least 1-2 weeks following the procedure to allow the tissues to heal. Ice may be used to reduce inflammation/swelling, but steroid medications should be avoided. 

WHEN CAN I EXPECT TO FEEL BETTER?

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.

ARE THERE RISKS WITH LIPOGEMS INJECTIONS?

Because Lipogems is derived from your own fat tissue and no other particles are added, there is a significantly reduced risk of infection or immune reaction with a Lipogems injection. The injection is performed in a sterile environment, but as with any kind of injection or procedure, there is a small risk of infection. At Virginia Spine Institute we always recommended the safest and most efficient procedures for our patients, however, your physician will review any possible risks associated with this treatment prior to administering.

HOW MANY INJECTIONS WILL I NEED?

The benefit of Lipogems Injections is that unlike other treatments, it has a sustained outcome that only requires one injection for lasting results. If needed, the procedure could be repeated in several years.

Do you think you could benefit from Lipogems Injections?

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