TULSA, Okla., June 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Orthopaedic physicians at The Orthopedic Center are the first in Oklahoma to use Lipogems, which uses patients' fat tissue injected into the hip or knee as an alternative to surgery for patients suffering from a variety of chronic orthopaedic conditions. Click Here for more Info!
Body fat has been used in plastic surgery for many years for repairing tissue and providing support. Now your own fat may help with orthopaedic conditions, including wear and tear injuries in the knee and the hip which impacts millions of people each year and prevents them from their daily activities and doing the activities they love to do.
A new device called Lipogems gently processes and uses the patient's own fat tissue to promote healing the natural way.
"Not everybody is ready for surgery. More and more patients of varying ages are highly active and want to delay surgery. Think of a young mom that has two kids that she needs to take care of and she is not ready for a knee replacement," said Dr. Yogesh Mittal, board certified and fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon at The Orthopaedic Center. "There are many patients that don't qualify for surgery. These patients may have other conditions that prevent them from getting surgery and they are still suffering."
"Fat has been used for many years for support the repair, replacement of damaged or injured tissue. Inside of your fat cells, there are many different types of pieces, including blood vessels, stem cells, pericytes, adipocytes that need to work and communicate together like a well-run factory to create an optimal healing environment. Lipogems is unique because they keep the cells intact and keep the factory running just like the way it does naturally in the human body and improves the biologic environment to allow the patient to heal the natural way," said Dr. Mittal.
The Lipogems system is a simple and efficient procedure that can be done in the office in less than 30 minutes. The fat cells are taken from the abdomen or thigh while the patient using only a local anesthetic to control the pain. The Lipogems procedure only uses saline to rinse and clean inflammatory oils and blood from the harvested fat and keeps the natural and beneficial properties of the fat tissue. The improved size of the fat tissue is injected into the injured site and tends to stay in the area that it is injected for an extended period. This allows for an improved interaction with the treatment site to allow the body to heal naturally. Following injection, the tissue promotes healing and the patients can leave the facility right away and go home with minimal pain medication.
"Patients have tried physical therapy, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or steroid injections, and other treatments that have not provided enough relief," said Dr. Mittal. "These patients and their caregivers are always looking for better treatment options and we are always seeking better ways to treat our patients."
If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Kelley Hunton at (918) 925-3222 or email at [email protected].