Mind & Body
3/5/2018 2:16:40 PM

Stem-Cell Treatment from Fat Tissue Now Helping Patients with Knee Pain at the Center for Orthopaedics

Dr. John Noble Jr., orthopaedic surgeon with the Center for Orthopaedics, is the first physician in Southwest Louisiana to use Lipogems, a treatment which uses the patient’s own fat tissue to promote healing the natural way.

Body fat has been used in plastic surgery for many years for repairing tissue and providing support. Now it is being used to help with orthopaedic conditions, including wear-and-tear injuries in the knee, which impact millions of people each year and keeps them doing their normal daily activities. 

Dr. Noble explains that Lipogems is an innovative technology that gently processes and produces a micro-fragmented tissue intended for the repair, replacement, cushion and support of damaged or injured tissues from the patient’s own adipose cells. The FDA-cleared device rinses and cleans the inflammatory 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 knee where it provides structure and promotes healing. Lipogems tends to stay in the area where it is injected instead of being reabsorbed by the body, allowing your body to maximize the benefits for an extended period of time. 

Inside of your fat cells, there are many different components, including blood vessels, stem cells, pericytes, adipocytes and a variety of immune cells that need to work together and communicate like a well-run factory. Lipogems is unique because it keeps the cells intact and keeps the "factory” running just like it does naturally in the human body, improving the biologic environment at the damaged site to allow the patient to heal the natural way. In addition, fat cells tend to retain these healing properties regardless of a person’s age. 

"Not every patient is ready for surgery to repair a damaged joint,” says Dr. Noble. "More and more patients of varying ages are highly active and want to delay surgery. In addition, there are many patients who don’t qualify for surgery due to other medical conditions that pose a risk. Lipogems gives us a new option to help alleviate pain for these people.”

According to Dr. Noble, the Lipogems treatment is a simple and efficient outpatient procedure. The fat cells are taken from the abdomen or thigh with the use of a local anesthetic to control the pain. The tissue is processed to retrieve the beneficial fat cells, which are then injected into the injured site where they will promote healing. Following injection, the patient can leave right away and go home with minimal pain medication.

"Lipogems is a new option for patients who have tried physical therapy, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or steroid injections, and other treatments that have not provided enough relief, as well as for those who are just not ready to have a surgical repair,” said Dr. Noble. "There is a tremendous future in understanding the biologic treatment of injury and degeneration. Understanding more about our DNA and gene therapy may ultimately lead to treatments that surpass the current generation of biologic treatment. There are other forms of stem cells being investigated and it will take years to determine the best type and technique of delivery. As always, our goal is to make these advances available to our patients here in Southwest Louisiana.” 

For more information, call the Center for Orthopaedics at (337) 721-7236, or visit www.centerforortho.com or www.understandlipogems.com.
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