Lipogems Specialist

APMI Orthopaedics, Sports Health & Regenerative Medicine -  - Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

APMI Orthopaedics, Sports Health & Regenerative Medicine

Orthopedics & Pain Management Specialists located in Chevy Chase, MD & Greenbelt, MD

Do you struggle with joint pain, suffer from a sports injury, or perhaps face orthopedic surgery? If you do, it’s time to talk with the team at APMI Orthopaedics, Sports Health & Regenerative Medicine about the Lipogems® system. The FDA-cleared Lipogems system uses an innovative process to remove a sample of your body fat, gently process and resize the fat, and then use its natural ability to relieve pain and heal damaged tissues. To learn if a Lipogems injection can relieve your pain, call one of the offices in Chevy Chase or Greenbelt, Maryland, or book an appointment online.

Lipogems Q & A

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What is Lipogems?

Lipogems is an advanced medical system designed to seamlessly remove a small amount of body fat and gently clean and concentrate the sample, while reducing the size of the fat tissue.

The team at APMI Orthopaedics, Sports Health & Regenerative Medicine immediately uses the final product — microfragmented fat that’s packed with healing cells — to treat orthopedic injuries and joint disease.  

How does fat processed by Lipogems promote healing?

Fat or adipose tissue has many qualities that make it an excellent choice for healing. In addition to providing a supportive and cushioning structure, fat tissue contains several types of cells that activate healing and repair tissues.

Of all the healing cells in your Lipogems-processed fat, mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are one of the most important. MSCs divide to create a new cell, and that cell develops into the different types of tissues needed to repair your injury.

When your doctor at APMI Orthopaedics, Sports Health & Regenerative Medicine injects your microfragmented fat, the MSCs go to work, regenerating tissues such as tendons, ligaments, muscles, collagen, cartilage, skin, and blood vessels.

What are the benefits of Lipogems?

The Lipogems system offers several benefits that you won’t get from other techniques used to separate stem cells from fat, including:

Easier injections

Reducing the size of the tissue allows your doctor to use a fine needle to easily inject your treatment.

Protection for healing cells

Maintaining the fat’s structure with Lipogems’ gentle processing ensures that MSCs and other healing cells stay alive and healthy. 

Low risk of contamination

The Lipogems system is a closed process, which keeps your fat sample free from exposure to microorganisms.

What health conditions are treated using the Lipogems system?

Your doctor at APMI Orthopaedics, Sports Health & Regenerative Medicine may recommend microfragmented fat tissue injections for nearly any orthopedic condition, including:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendon tears
  • Tendinitis
  • Joint pain
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Labral tears
  • Meniscus tears
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Ligament injuries

In many cases, the healing that occurs after your Lipogems injection is enough to avoid surgery. But if you do end up needing orthopedic surgery, your fat injection can be applied during the procedure to accelerate healing.

What should I expect during my Lipogems procedure?

Your doctor at APMI Orthopaedics, Sports Health & Regenerative Medicine uses a local anesthetic at the site where they plan to remove and inject your fat sample. After making a tiny incision, they insert a specialized needle into the fat and withdraw a sample.

Then the fat sample goes straight into a closed container that processes and resizes the tissues. Then fat goes from the chamber directly into the needle used to inject your treatment.

Your doctor can inject the microfragmented fat into multiple areas during the same treatment session if needed. The process typically takes one hour, but that could vary if you need more than one injury treated.

To learn if Lipogems might help relieve your pain, call APMI Orthopaedics, Sports Health & Regenerative Medicine or schedule an appointment online.