An Award-Winning Technology for Orthopaedics


Patients of all ages suffer from orthopaedic issues including athletes (including elite), weekend warriors, busy working professionals, elderly patients and more. When patients experience injuries or orthopaedic issues that cause them discomfort, the first line of treatment is typically conservative interventions like physical therapy, corticosteroids and viscosupplementation. Unfortunately, when these options are no longer effective or the patient is not ready for major, invasive surgery, they suffer from debilitating pain, reduce quality of life, and significant financial burden. Lipogems is a best in class FDA cleared option for patients that are between conservative therapy and are not ready for major invasive surgery.

Best Practices:


  • Orthopaedic Physicians Are Experts In Musculoskeletal Care
  • Offer Patients FDA Cleared Options In Their Orthopaedic Care

Ethical Communication:

  • Physician And Team Ethically Communicates To Patients About The Procedure And Benefits
  • Find the Right Option for Your Lifestyle and Goals

Commitment To High Quality Research:

  • Physician And Team Are Committed To Implementing Evidence Based Medicine  Or Collect Their Own Patients Outcomes

Have you tried conservative options with minimal relief and you are not ready for major invasive surgery?

Did You Know?

Patients that have tried conservative options with minimal relief and who are not ready for major invasive surgery are considered to be in the “treatment gap”. They are typically in the gap for 9-12 years, but it is more like 20 years.2 Younger patients spend 40 years in the treatment gap, which is majority of their life.2

Orthopaedic physicians, surgeons and researchers are the first to use the award winning LIPOGEMS device that gently processes and uses your body’s own fat tissue to cushion and support areas of injury or damage as your body heals itself. When utilized in orthopaedic medicine, LIPOGEMS technology supports a healing environment to help aid in the repair, replacement, reconstruction, and support of damaged or injured tissues.

Who is LIPOGEMS For?

Professional Athletes


LIPOGEMS may be used with orthopaedic or arthroscopic surgery to optimize recovery.


LIPOGEMS may be used for patients that are not ready for major invasive surgery or do not qualify for major invasive surgery.

Why Use Your Own Powerful Fat For Your Orthopaedic Issues?

The Amazing Power Of Fat

Fat is a versatile tissue that plays essential roles in the way our body functions, but one of the most remarkable is the role that fat may play in how we heal. A variety of studies over many decades have been conducted exploring the healing potential of fat.

A variety of studies over many decades have been conducted exploring the healing potential of fat. 

Your own fat has the best quality tissue. FAT has 100-500 times more reparative cells than other similar tissue int the body.2

Research has shown that as a person ages, their FAT maintains its reparative properties unlike similar tissue, which mat lose healing capacity with age.3, 4, 5

Using your own tissue has minimal risk of rejection and infection.

Lipogems: Minimally Invasive Procedure


In a minimally invasive and immediate procedure, the physician will make a tiny puncture through your skin and collect a small amount of fat from either your midsection or “love handles”.


Next, the collected fat will be processed in the unique Lipogems device using only sterile saline solution to remove contaminants. During this process, your fat is washed, rinsed and resized into smaller clusters  while keeping the natural beneficial properties of your fat.


Since the Lipogems process micro-fragments the fat, the size of Lipogems Microfragmented Fat™ is ideal to facilitate healing in the treatment site. The physician will then use a small needle to inject the Lipogems Microfragmented Fat™ into the treatment site(s).


For patients that suffer from orthopaedic conditions in multiple areas of their body, the Lipogems device can easily process the fat tissue to be used in those areas. Lipogems Microfragmented Fat™ can be injected in multiple sites in the same setting. 

Lipogems Advantage: Benefits to the Patient

  • High Standard of Care from a Trusted Orthopaedic Physician using an FDA-Cleared System
  • Versatile: Minimally Invasive Procedure in the Office or Surgical Setting: Less than an hour for the procedure
  • Economic: May be Used in Multiple Treatment Sites In the Same Setting
  • Minimal Recovery Times
  • Minimal Risk of Rejection or Infection: Autologous tissue
  • High Quality Tissue: Microfragmented Fat™ meets the FDA guidelines for minimal manipulation
  • One Time Procedure for Majority of Patients
  • Cost: Cheaper than or equal to the in-network cost for major orthopaedic surgery

Frequently Asked Questions:

Will I be receiving my own cells or will they come from another person?

Your own fat cells are the best cells. Your own fat will have less likelihood for rejection.

Are there reasons that you may not be a candidate for Lipogems?

You may not be a candidate for Lipogems if:

  • You currently have a systemic infection.
  • You suffer from an autoimmune disease.
  • You currently are taking blood thinners or anti-coagulation medication.
  • You are being treated for any other malignancy or blood borne disease.
  • You have an allergy to Lidocaine.
  • You are currently breastfeeding or plan to begin breastfeeding in the near future.
  • You have undergone previous abdominal surgery.
  • You have a hematologic condition.
How many procedures have been performed?

More than 30,000 Lipogems procedures have been performed worldwide, and your physician can speak with you about the possible outcomes associated with this procedure.

What is the recovery/downtime?

The recovery process varies for each patient. Your doctor will determine the best treatment option for you.Your doctor will help determine what activities you can perform and put you on an appropriate treatment plan. Patients should not engage in strenuous activity for at least 1-2 weeks following the procedure.

Is this covered by insurance?

Similar to most new technologies, the Lipogems procedure is not covered by insurance at this time. Please speak to your doctor about using your flexible spending account.

What you may expect after the procedure.
  • Your physician will apply an absorbent dressing pad and compression tape or wrap to the area and may recommend a compression garment or bandage to wear for 24-48 hours following the procedure.
  • There may be some drainage from the harvesting site, which typically ceases within 24 hours.
  • You should follow your physician’s recommendations for post-operative medications.
  • Do not over-exert yourself; let your tissue start its repair process!
  • Slowly return to physical activity as recommended by your doctor.
Are there risks of possible complications from the Lipogems procedure?

Mild to moderate swelling or soreness at injection site may occur, depending on the location of the treatment site. See disclaimer below for additional information.

Disclaimer: Individual results vary. Not all patients will have the same post-procedure recovery and activity level. See your physician to discuss your potential benefits and risks.

The Lipogems System is a sterile medical device intended for the closed-loop processing of your own fat tissue in medical procedures involving the harvesting, concentrating and transferring of your own fat (adipose) tissue harvested with a legally marketed lipoplasty system. This can be a minimally invasive procedure that’s done in the office, to support soft tissue defects and may promote healing in orthopaedics and arthroscopic surgery. Lipogems may or may not appropriate for all patients.

Like any medical procedure, there is a risk for soreness, redness, swelling, and/or pain. These procedures require needle access (size, location and depth vary depending on the procedure) and this may result in (but not limited to), discomfort, pain, apprehension, bruising, tenderness, bleeding, swelling, or infiltration at the injection site. Other symptoms that may occur include lightheadedness, fainting, nausea, or vomiting. There is slight risk of infection at the injection site and have minimal risk of adverse reactions or complications as with any other injection procedure. Since the fat is from your own body there is little concern of disease transmission, allergic reaction or tissue rejection. For patients with chronic medical conditions such as autoimmune, diabetes, heart or lung disease, circulatory diseases or obesity, extreme caution may be necessary.

There are rare but possible risks and complications due to fat transfer including an allergic reaction to the local anesthetic, damage to underlying structures, hematoma or seroma (an accumulation of blood or fluid under the skin that may require removal), changes in sensation, unsatisfactory results that may necessitate additional procedures, permanent discoloration caused by a ruptured blood vessel at the treatment site, calcification, a divet in the area of the tissue harvest, peri-operative bleeding, a blood clot at the treatment or donor site, an infection, scar tissue, and a fat embolism caused by a fat injection mistakenly directed into a blood vessel, and death.

The information presented is for educational purposes only. Speak to your doctor to decide if Lipogems procedure is appropriate for you. Individual results vary and not all patients will return to the same activity level. The lifetime of any procedure is limited and depends on several factors like patient weight and activity level. Your doctor will counsel you about strategies for your post-procedural care. It is important to closely follow your physician’s instructions regarding post-procedure activity, treatment and follow-up care. Ask your doctor if Lipogems procedure is right for you.

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