NEW WINDSOR, N.Y., Jan. 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- An exciting medical technology that represents a new option for orthopedic patients has come to the New Windsor and the larger Hudson River Valley. In the minimally invasive procedure called LIPOGEMS, a patient's own body fat is easily removed from the belly or "love handles." The fat then is washed and resized before being injected to injured or damaged joints. The "repurposed" body fat helps provide cushion to help support the healing process of damaged or injured tissue.
Many patients have tried physical therapy, NSAIDS, and other conservative's therapies and are not ready for orthopaedic surgery. The FDA-cleared LIPOGEMS procedure, which provides crucial cushioning for the body, can be administered both as a stand-alone option to major, invasive surgery, or in combination with it.
At present, LIPOGEMS is offered only by a select few medical providers in the United States. Leading the LIPOGEMS introduction in the Hudson Valley Area is Wasik Ashraf, DO of Crystal Run Clinic.
"In the Hudson Valley area, we have many people that are retired firefighters and police officers. We also have a Hasidic and Yiddish population up here that would prefer other options to major, invasive surgery," Dr. Ashraf said. "In the office, I offer it to my patients have tried other conservative therapies and who are not ready for major invasive surgery. If patients need arthroscopic surgery, LIPOGEMS is an excellent complementary procedure, one that helps support tissue healing."
"LIPOGEMS fits the best way possible for my patients because it offers a simple and efficient procedure that uses their own fat."
One LIPOGEMS patient, New Yorker Fran Galu, was on the verge of ankle surgery when she sought out Dr. Ashraf for a second opinion and any possible options. "Dr. Ashraf told me about the LIPOGEMS procedure. I decided to give LIPOGEMS a try as a less invasive procedure without the [major] surgical rehabilitation. The procedure itself was comfortable and I had limited to no bruising. I had injections into my right ankle, my right knee and my left hip. And just recently, I was able to enjoy a vacation!" she said, grinning.