Stem cells are a breakthrough in modern medicine, and many people don’t realize that their own body fat is rich with these reparative cells. At the Center for Foot and Ankle Restoration in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Frisco, Texas, surgeons Charles Cook, MD, and John Noack, MD, and the orthopedic team uses Lipogems®, a minimally invasive fat cell harvesting, and injection procedure, to aid in orthopedic healing. To learn more about Lipogems and find out if it’s an appropriate addition to your treatment plan, call the Center for Foot and Ankle Restoration today.
Lipogems is an innovative minimally invasive treatment option for injury healing. During the procedure, your physician selects an area of your body with a bit of extra fat cushioning, like your hips, thighs, or abdomen. They use a local anesthetic to numb the area before loosening and extracting your fat cells.
Next, your physician processes your fat cells with a sterile saline solution. This process clears it of contaminants like oils and blood but keeps the fat stem cells that aid in your healing. Then, with the help of ultrasound imaging, your physician injects the clarified fat cells into your injured joint. Your body doesn’t absorb the fat cells so they stay in place to aid in healing and cushion the joint. Your physician tells you when you can ease back into physical activity.
Lipogems is an effective treatment for various orthopedic conditions. The procedure helps heal damaged tissue from both acute and chronic conditions. The team at the Center for Foot and Ankle Restoration may recommend Lipogems to treat:
You can get Lipogems for a single, isolated injury or to treat multiple sore or stiff joints at the same time. The fat cells help repair the injury while lending structural support to the affected joint or muscle.
At the Center for Foot and Ankle Restoration, your physician helps you review all of your options for treatment after a thorough consultation regarding your condition, current health, and medical history. They may determine that you’re a candidate for treatment with Lipogems if:
Your physician may recommend Lipogems as a treatment by itself or in addition to surgery. If they decide that the procedure is your best option for treatment, they answer all of your questions and help you prepare for the procedure.
If you’d like to learn more about the healing abilities of your own fat cells harvested and injected with Lipogems, call the Center for Foot and Ankle Restoration today.