Lipogems: Natural Minimally Invasive Option for Patients Not Ready for Major Surgery
What is Lipogems®?
Lipogems® is a procedure that uses your own body’s adipose (fat) tissue to cushion and support areas of injury or damage as your body heals itself. The fat tissues can be removed from the abdomen or thigh areas and then precisely injected into the injured areas.
Why use fat tissue?
Lipogems® considers fat tissue to be a structural tissue, with functional characteristics for reconstruction, repair, or replacement that relates to its utility to cushion and support other tissue. Fat tissue has many components that are regenerative in nature that help promote a healing environment throughout the body. These components are regenerative cells, cytokines and growth factors.
Advantages and Characteristics of Lipogems®
- Compliance: Lipogems® is an FDA-approved method that gently micro-fragments the adipose tissue while preserving the cell and tissue micro-architecture.
- Convenience: Lipogems® is a disposable, closed-loop system processing kit containing all necessary harvesting tools that are convenient for clinics and surgical settings. Its single-use kit can be used to process plentiful volume of tissue for multiple treatment sites.
- Easily Accessible with Sustained Support: The result of the procedure has good fluidity, containing structural tissues that can be injected through a small gauge needle with sustained support mechanism, acting as a natural structural tissue. Because the Lipogems® process microfragments your fat, Lipogems stays in the area where it is injected instead of being reabsorbed, allowing your body to maximize the benefits of Lipogems® for a longer period of time.
- Short Procedure Time: The procedure takes less than 1 hour from preparation to injection (could be less in conjunction with arthroscopy).
- Minimally Invasive Technique: Through a small incision in the skin typically in the abdomen, a 17 gauge blunt infiltration cannula is used to anesthetize subcutaneous fat tissue with a dilute saline/lidocaine/epinephrine solution (local anesthesia) and a 13 gauge blunt aspiration cannula is used to collect the adipose tissue with a vacuum syringe.
- Wash and Rinse: Lipogems® is a closed-loop system that uses only normal saline. It uses mild, mechanical forces exerted on the tissue in saline solution in order to reduce the traumatic action on the tissue.
- Gentle Processing: The unique Lipogems® process resizes the tissue in order to optimize tissue survivability in the treatment site, while preserving the natural structural properties of your fat.
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Disclaimer: Individual results vary. Not all patients will have the same post-procedure recovery and activity level. See your physician to discuss your potential benefits and risks.
The Lipogems System is a sterile medical device intended for the closed-loop processing of your own fat tissue in medical procedures involving the harvesting, concentrating and transferring of your own fat (adipose) tissue harvested with a legally marketed lipoplasty system. This can be a minimally invasive procedure that’s done in the office, to support soft tissue defects and may promote healing in orthopaedics and arthroscopic surgery. Lipogems may or may not appropriate for all patients.
Like any medical procedure, there is a risk for soreness, redness, swelling, and/or pain. These procedures require needle access (size, location and depth vary depending on the procedure) and this may result in (but not limited to), discomfort, pain, apprehension, bruising, tenderness, bleeding, swelling, or infiltration at the injection site. Other symptoms that may occur include lightheadedness, fainting, nausea, or vomiting. There is slight risk of infection at the injection site and have minimal risk of adverse reactions or complications as with any other injection procedure. Since the fat is from your own body there is little concern of disease transmission, allergic reaction or tissue rejection. For patients with chronic medical conditions such as autoimmune, diabetes, heart or lung disease, circulatory diseases or obesity, extreme caution may be necessary.
There are rare but possible risks and complications due to fat transfer including an allergic reaction to the local anesthetic, damage to underlying structures, hematoma or seroma (an accumulation of blood or fluid under the skin that may require removal), changes in sensation, unsatisfactory results that may necessitate additional procedures, permanent discoloration caused by a ruptured blood vessel at the treatment site, calcification, a divet in the area of the tissue harvest, peri-operative bleeding, a blood clot at the treatment or donor site, an infection, scar tissue, and a fat embolism caused by a fat injection mistakenly directed into a blood vessel, and death.
The information presented is for educational purposes only. Speak to your doctor to decide if Lipogems procedure is appropriate for you. Individual results vary and not all patients will return to the same activity level. The lifetime of any procedure is limited and depends on several factors like patient weight and activity level. Your doctor will counsel you about strategies for your post-procedural care. It is important to closely follow your physician’s instructions regarding post-procedure activity, treatment and follow-up care. Ask your doctor if Lipogems procedure is right for you.
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