Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint condition and the most common type of arthritis. According to Arthritis UK, 8.75 million people in the UK have sought treatment for osteoarthritis and the condition is the main cause of 90% and 99% hip and knee replacements.
Osteoarthritis happens when the cartilage in your joints – the natural cushioning – wears or becomes damaged. This means that the shock-absorbing properties of the cartilage is reduced and the bones rub closer together.
Symptoms of osteoarthritis
Symptoms of osteoarthritis include:
- Swelling of joint.
- Pain and tenderness in joint.
- Stiffness after being still for a period of time.
- Reduced movement in joint.
- Cracking or grating feeling in joint.
The cause of osteoarthritis is thought to be a combination of wear and tear combined with other factors like age, gender, repetitive movements, family history and weight. Obesity increases the risk of osteoarthritis and joint replacement because it puts extra pressure on the joints.
Now, let’s not beat around the bush – there is no cure for osteoarthritis, but the symptoms can be managed. The main treatments for osteoarthritis include a combination of lifestyle changes, exercise, medication (like Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs). Whilst these are effective for many suffering with the condition, anti-inflammatories do come with their own issues and long term use can lead to stomach problems, issues with blood pressure, and can exacerbate heart failure.
For others, these treatments are ineffective and major surgery is often the only option for a pain-free life. But surgery like knee replacement is a big decision. It comes with long recovery times and risk of nerve and artery damage. Fortunately, there is an alternative to surgery in the form of regenerative medicine.
If you have found existing treatments ineffective, Lipogems could be the answer you’ve been hoping for. This cutting edge regenerative treatment has been shown to be very effective for osteoarthritis.
What is regenerative medicine?
Regenerative medicine is an exciting branch of medicine that deals with the process of replacing, engineering or regenerating human cells, to restore or establish normal function.
What is Lipogems?
The healing properties of fat were documented as far back as World War I to help heal soldiers. Lipogems is a type of regenerative medicine whereby small amount of fatty tissue is taken from areas of the body (usually the midsection). The cells are extracted and micro-fragmented to preserve certain properties. This is then injected into the damaged joint to provide cushion, aid bone and tissue repair.
The procedure takes around one hour and is performed as an outpatient procedure in a treatment room at one of our clinics. It only requires local anaesthesia – so no need for an anaesthetist or theatre – and has minimal recovery time. Lipogems expert and sports and orthopaedic physician, Dr Ralph Rogers, was taught by the inventor of Lipogems, Professor Tremolada of Milan Italy, and was the first to offer the treatment the UK. He also trains other doctors in the procedure. Dr Rogers is one of the most experienced in this treatment, so you can be confident that you’re in safe hands.
The use of Lipogems for osteoarthritis is much less invasive than surgery and Lipogems recovery time is also minimal.
Dr Rogers has experienced this first hand: “For me there’s nothing more satisfying than being responsible for helping someone suffering with pain improve their quality of life. I’ve seen directly the effect Lipogems has had on patients and it’s often life-changing.”
Are you suffering with knee pain or other pain from osteoarthritis? If you have any questions about Lipogems, treatments for knee pain or would like to book a consultation, please call 020 7112 5400 or email [email protected].