Fat Transfer For Pain
This procedure involves the harvesting of your own fat which is then emulsified and transferred to the joint/s without any manipulation or expansion of the tissue. Fat transfers are shown to relieve symptoms of degenerative joint disease, also known as osteoarthritis.
Based on water jet technology the EVO fat transfer device enables enhanced precision, control, intensity and effectiveness during the lipoaspirate procedure. The liposuction is faster and easier, enabling the surgeon to harvest adequate volumes of fat for efficient transfer. The gentle water jet poses minimal risk or damage to surrounding tissue.
How does the Procedure Work?
The procedure involves lipoaspiration of up to 60 ml. of fat using the EVO water-jet device which separates the fat into canisters.
The fat is then emulsified for injection purposes unlike conventional liposuction procedures where the fat is discarded or in traditional fat transfer procedures where the fat is injected into the target areas such as cheeks and buttocks.
The fat has a similar function to cartilage, acting as a cushion between bones that mitigates pain and disease progression.
Anesthesia, Length, Pre/Post-op
The same day procedure (both harvest and injection) is performed under local anesthesia. The liposuction takes about 30 minutes and injections take about 20 minutes. The entire process takes about an hour to 90 minutes. Patients are pre-operatively examined and screened to determine candidacy. Post-op visits are required following the procedure.
Who Performs the Procedure
Fat transfers are performed by one of our Board Certified physicians with experience in liposuction and injections.
We offer a variety of financing options as most insurance plans do not cover fat transfers.
Risks and Complications
The risks and complications associated with this procedure are very rare since only a small amount of fat is harvested and transferred. There can be temporary discomfort and inflammation following injections. The clinicians will go over these during your pre-operative evaluation.