Lipogems FAQs

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 option 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.
What applications can Lipogems be used for? Is this for acute or chronic conditions?

If you are suffering from an orthopaedic condition, your doctor may determine that using our own powerful fat with the Lipogems system may be an option for you. Patients that suffer from orthopaedic conditions that have damaged or injured tissue may need to be repaired, reconstructed, replaced or supported using your own fat tissue. Depending on your condition, your doctor may decide to use the Lipogems technology for acute or chronic injuries.

Will I be receiving my own cells or will they come from another person?

Your own fat cells are the best cells. Your own fat will have less likelihood for rejection.

Are you a candidate for Lipogems?

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 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 option to a major surgical intervention.
  • Your doctor will determines if Lipogems may be used in addition to your surgery.
Are there reasons that you may not be a candidate for Lipogems?

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 many procedures have been preformed?

More than 25,000 Lipogems procedures have been performed worldwide, and your physician can speak with you about the possible outcomes associated with this procedure.

What is the recovery/downtime?

The recovery process varies for each patient. Your doctor will determine the best treatment option for you.Your doctor will help determine what activities you can perform and put you on an appropriate treatment plan. Patients should not engage in strenuous activity for at least 1-2 weeks following the procedure.

Is this 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.

What you may expect after the 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 of 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.

What is the difference between using your own powerful fat vs. other cell therapies?

Your own powerful fat has 100-500x more reparative cells than other similar therapies. Not all fat technologies are FDA cleared for use. In fact, Lipogems is the only technology that is FDA cleared for use in orthopaedics.

How long will it last?

As with all procedures, the Individual results may vary. 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.

How often can I get or do I need this?

The procedure is one time procedure. However, the effects may vary based on individual and their activity level. Sometimes, a separate procedure may be needed in the future.

How long will this stay in my body?

Lipogems is injected precisely into areas of the body in order to help establish an environment conducive to tissue healing and repair. As part of this overall process, Lipogems provides cushioning and structural support to your body’s tissues wherever it is injected.