FAQ

+Is Lipogems right for me?

Talk to your doctor to find out if Lipogems is right for you; you may be a candidate for Lipogems if:

  • You suffer from an injury or ailment that limits your normal daily functioning or physical activity.
  • You have painful joints with limited range of motion, such as your knee, ankle or shoulder
  • You have a soft tissue defect in your tendons, ligaments, and/or muscles (in order to restore orthopaedic function, these defects may require tissue repair and regeneration, as well as cushioning and support).
  • Treatment options, such as physical therapy, NSAIDS, or steroid injections have not provided you with significant relief.
  • You would like to explore Lipogems as a minimally invasive alternative to a major surgical intervention.
  • Your doctor determines Lipogems may be used in addition to your surgery.

You may not be a candidate for Lipogems if:

  • You currently have a systemic infection.
  • You suffer from an autoimmune disease.
  • You currently are taking blood thinners or anti-coagulation medication.
  • You are being treated for any other malignancy or blood borne disease.
  • You have an allergy to Lidocaine.
  • You are currently breastfeeding or plan to begin breastfeeding in the near future.
  • You have undergone previous abdominal surgery.
  • You have a hematologic condition.
+How can I prep for my Lipogems procedure?
  • Make sure you are well-hydrated
  • Talk to your personal care physician about any current medications you may be taking such as anti-coagulants and any allergies to medications that you may have
+What should I expect during the Lipogems procedure?
  • The Lipogems procedure can be performed in approximately one hour in an outpatient clinical setting. Your doctor may also decide to use Lipogems in addition to a previously planned surgical procedure.
  • The Lipogems procedure requires only local anesthesia and there is minimal recovery time.
  • The tissue collection procedure involves making a very small opening through the skin that does not usually require stitches.
  • Your physician will collect a small volume of fat from your midsection or “love handles,” using a minimally invasive technique.
  • Your physician will process the fat using the Lipogems device and inject the fat into the treatment area.
+What should I expect after the Lipogems procedure?
  • Your physician will apply an absorbent dressing pad and compression tape or wrap to the area and may recommend a compression garment or bandage to wear for 24-48 hours following the procedure.
  • There may be some drainage from the harvesting site, which typically ceases within 24 hours.
  • You should follow your physician’s recommendations for post-operative medications.
  • Do not over-exert yourself; let your tissue start its repair process!
  • Slowly return to physical activity as recommended by your doctor.
+Are there risks or possible complications from the Lipogems procedure?
  • Mild to moderate swelling or soreness at injection site may occur, depending on the location of the treatment site.
+Is there a risk of infection?
  • 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 the Lipogems procedure.
  • The Lipogems procedure is performed with sterile technique as a point-of-care therapy. However, as with any kind of injection or procedure, there is always a small risk of infection.
  • If you experience any side effects associated with an infection (i.e., pain, redness, swelling or pus) at the injection or tissue collection site, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately.
+Has Lipogems been approved by the FDA?
  • Yes, the Lipogems system has been thoroughly reviewed by the FDA, who has granted permission to market the product in a variety of clinical settings. Specifically, they have allowed us to market the device to collect, process, and transfer a patient’s own fat for the purposes of injection in orthopaedics, arthroscopy, and other surgical specialties.
  • Additionally, the FDA regulates the use of human cells and tissues through guidelines relating to the manipulation of the tissue. Lipogems is compliant and follows the FDA regulations because the entire process involves the use of only saline solution to wash, rinse, and resize the fat for injection. The resulting tissue (Lipogems) maintains its micro-architecture and structural form and is permitted for use by surgeons in a wide variety settings.
+Have there been clinical trials?
  • Lipogems is FDA-cleared but it is not a drug; it is a device used for processing a patient’s own tissue, which does not require the same type of human clinical trials that you may have heard of from pharmaceutical companies. Lipogems is unique in that it has been clinically and scientifically validated for more than 4 years at leading international universities and institutions, and there are many ongoing research studies relating to Lipogems.
+Is the Lipogems procedure covered by insurance?
  • Similar to most new technologies, the Lipogems procedure is not covered by insurance at this time. Please speak to your doctor about using your flexible spending account.
+Can Lipogems be used in my knee?
  • Lipogems can be used in orthopaedics and arthroscopic surgery. Your
    doctor may decide to use the Lipogems technology in addition to your
    surgery to surgery. Lipogems may support the healing process and
    repair, reconstruct, or replace damaged or injured tissue. It is up
    to you and your doctor to decide what the best treatment option for
    you.
+Can Lipogems be used in my foot and ankle?
  • Lipogems can be used in orthopaedics and arthroscopic surgery. Your
    doctor may decide to use the Lipogems technology in addition to your
    surgery to surgery. Lipogems may support the healing process and
    repair, reconstruct, or replace damaged or injured tissue. It is up
    to you and your doctor to decide what the best treatment option for
    you.
+Can Lipogems be used in my shoulder?
  • Lipogems can be used in orthopaedics and arthroscopic surgery. Your
    doctor may decide to use the Lipogems technology in addition to your
    surgery to surgery. Lipogems may support the healing process and
    repair, reconstruct, or replace damaged or injured tissue. It is up
    to you and your doctor to decide what the best treatment option for
    you.
+Can Lipogems be used in my hands?
  • Lipogems can be used in orthopaedics and arthroscopic surgery. Your
    doctor may decide to use the Lipogems technology in addition to your
    surgery to surgery. Lipogems may support the healing process and
    repair, reconstruct, or replace damaged or injured tissue. It is up
    to you and your doctor to decide what the best treatment option for
    you.
+Can Lipogems be used as an alternative to a knee replacement? Hip replacement?
  • Lipogems may support the healing process and repair, reconstruct, or
    replace damaged or injured tissue. Your doctor will work with you to
    decide on the best treatment option available.
+Can Lipogems be used as an alternative to a hip replacement?
  • Lipogems may support the healing process and repair, reconstruct, or
    replace damaged or injured tissue. Your doctor will work with you to
    decide on the best treatment option available.
+Can Lipogems be used for a rotator cuff repair?
  • Your doctor may decide to use it as an alternative to surgery or with
    your surgery. Lipogems may support the healing process and repair,
    reconstruct, or replace damaged or injured tissue. Your doctor will
    work with you to decide the best treatment option for you.
+Can Lipogems be used for a meniscal repair?
  • Your doctor may decide to use it as an alternative to surgery or with
    your surgery. Lipogems may support the healing process and repair,
    reconstruct, or replace damaged or injured tissue. Your doctor will
    work with you to decide the best treatment option for you.
+Can Lipogems be used for a tendon repair?
  • Your doctor may decide to use it as an alternative to surgery or with
    your surgery. Lipogems may support the healing process and repair,
    reconstruct, or replace damaged or injured tissue. Your doctor will
    work with you to decide the best treatment option for you.
+Is Lipogems a stem cell procedure?
  • Lipogems is not stem cell therapy. Your own powerful fat has
    reparative cells inside (including stem cells and other important
    cells). Lipogems keeps all the cells intact (including stem cells
    and all the other important cells) and allows them to work
    harmoniously (like it does naturally inside your body) without the
    need for any additional materials (such as enzymes or scaffolds).
    That’s what makes Lipogems different!
+What is the difference between a stem cell therapy vs Lipogems?
  • Lipogems transfers the tissue that contains a variety of structures
    of cells including:

    • Stem cells
    • Adipocytes
    • Pericytes
    • Muse Cells
  • These cells inside of your own powerful fat stay intact and act
    harmoniously in the body to repair, restructure, replace to cushion
    and support the tissue during the repair, replacement, or
    reconstruction of damaged or injured tissue.

    Contrary, stem cells involve the isolation, purification, and
    expansion of stems cells that are stored and returned to the patient
    at a later date.