Why replace aging/diseased joints when you can restore them?
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) has risen in popularity over the past few years. Thanks to famous athletes such as Tiger Woods and Rafael Nadal, the PRP preparation has become the go-to solution for a wide variety of problems, from sprained ankles to chronic tendon conditions. Dr. O’Hearn has been treating with PRP preparations for the more than 20 years and is the only orthopedist in Northern Maryland who administers a Lipogems MSC transplantation. By using plasma that is typically found in the patient’s blood, injuries heal faster and the recovery process is brisk, allowing for a quicker return to normal activities.
Dr John O'Hearn is the first orthopaedic physician in Northern Maryland to use a new technology that uses your body's own fat tissue to cushion and support injured areas as your body heals itself. The procedure is called Lipogems MSC transplantation, and it is ideal for patients with orthopaedic conditions who are unable to get surgery, prefers an alternative to surgery, or would like to use a treatment in conjunction with their surgery. Lipogems stays in the area where it is injected, instead of being reabsorbed by the body, allowing the body to maximize the benefits of Lipogems for an extended amount of time.
Have you tried treatment options such as physical therapy, NSAIDS, or steroid injections but have not received significant relief? Did you know that your own tissue may help you heal?
Every tissue in your body is constantly repairing itself. Adipose tissue (fat) has been widely studied in literature and is known to have an innate healing potential. The use of fat was documented during World War I to aid in the healing of soldiers’ battle wounds.1 Since then, a large body of research has shown a variety of promising applications for fat in healing and regenerating damaged tissues.
Benefits of Your Own Fat
- Your own fat has been shown a variety of promising applications in healing and regenerating damaged tissues in orthopaedic surgery.
- Fat is abundant in the human body.
- Fat can be easily accessed and harvested using a minimally invasive procedure and local anesthesia.
- Fat contains many reparative cells that not only regenerate fat cells, but also promote a healing environment throughout the body 2,3
- Research has shown that regardless of a person’s age, their fat maintains the reparative properties 4,5,6 unlike other tissues such as bone marrow, which may lose healing capacity with age 6
Fat contains a network of blood vessels, connective tissue and important regenerative cells including adipocytes, adipose-derived stem cells, perictyes, pre-adipocytes and the other cells. The tissue works together as a functional unit.