PALM SPRINGS, Calif., Jan. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- STAR Ortho, a leading provider of orthopaedic services in the Coachella Valley, has added an innovative option for orthopaedic patients facing the prospect of surgery. The cutting-edge medical technology, called LIPOGEMS, gently processes and uses the body's own fat tissue to cushion and support areas of injury or damage as the body heals itself.
LIPOGEMS is an FDA-cleared device that rinses and cleans—screens, in effect—the oils and blood from the patient's harvested fat and keeps the natural and beneficial properties of the fat tissue, which is then injected into the donor site. LIPOGEMS stands in stark contrast to questionable, stem cell treatments, offered by local clinics that are using technologies that are not FDA Cleared. These clinics are selling "experimental" stem cell treatments that are unproven for safety and efficacy and lacking approval of the FDA.
STAR Ortho is the first medical organization in the Coachella Valley authorized to offer the LIPOGEMS system, which is ideal for patients with orthopaedic conditions who may not be candidates for major invasive surgery, prefer another option to major invasive surgery, or who would like to use it in conjunction with surgery.
In the LIPOGEMS procedure, adipose (fat) tissue is extracted from either the belly or a patient's so-called love handles. "Fat has the ability to generate an excellent number of quality cells. We are able to get a large volume, and places like shoulders and knees are perfect (to receive fat cell injections) because they can take a large number of the fat cells to cushion and support the area," explained Dr. Sinha, who believes LIPOGEMS will benefit the significant patient base in the Coachella Valley. "This is primarily a retirement community, with a large population in the 70-plus range. Older patients are often afraid of the risks surgery involves providing an effective, simple, minimally invasive treatment option is very attractive to them."
"I see everybody from high school athletes to professional level athletes, to the aging athlete," Dr. Spencer said. "Add to that my patients who are SWAT team members, firefighters, police officers— anybody who is interested in other options besides cortisone injections."