Use Your Fat to Heal Your Injury

You hear the word fat and you cringe at the mention of this universal nemesis. What if this same word can help you overcome musculoskeletal damage, quickly, comfortably, and sustainably? 

With LipogemsⓇ adipose therapy, your fat isn’t your enemy and can, in fact, be a great ally. 

The team here at Genesis Orthopaedic and Spine prides itself on staying at the forefront of regenerative and reparative therapies that help your body heal on a cellular level. Adipose therapy is one such innovative approach, and we explore why it works here.

The power of fat

You may consider your body fat to be a most unwelcome companion, but this tissue contains 100-500 more reparative cells than other tissues in your body.

These reparative agents include:

Fat contains the cells necessary to create the ultimate healing environment by reducing inflammation, which allows the regenerative cells the room to work to repair and rebuild.

To give you an idea about how powerful fat can be, this report reviews how doctors can use fat to help wounds heal without scarring, as the fat creates regenerated skin rather than scar tissue.

In the orthopaedic world, we’ve applied this same concept to soft tissues, such as your ligaments, tendons, and muscles, with great success. 

An inside source

One of the many benefits of our adipose therapy is that we harvest the fat from your own body, usually from your thighs or abdomen. Since body fat is close to the surface of your skin, the harvesting process is minimally invasive and takes us only minutes. In most cases, we remove two to six tablespoons of fat.

Preparing your fat

What makes our adipose fat therapy so effective is that we use the FDA-cleared Lipogems system to process your fat, creating what we call microfragmented adipose tissue.

The Lipogems system allows us to preserve the regenerative qualities of your fat, as well as its structural integrity, and this point is important.

Not only does adipose therapy provide the resources your tissues need to heal, the fat also provides crucial cushioning and support to the damaged area. 

Re-introducing your fat

Once we’ve processed your fat into microfragmented tissue, we reinject the solution directly into your damaged tissues using ultrasound or  fluoroscopy (X-ray guidance). Like the initial fat harvesting, this process is quick and easy and there’s no downtime afterward.

Getting to your results

Since we’re using your body’s own resources to heal your damaged tissues on a cellular level, the rebuilding and repairs occur over the weeks following your treatments. In other words, your results will be gradual, but your patience will be worth it as you regain function.

If you’d like to learn more about how our Lipogems adipose therapy can help your tissues heal better and faster, please contact our office in Westfield, New Jersey, to set up an appointment.

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