Heather Vinet-Jones*,1 & Kevin F Darr1
1Regenerative Medicine Covington, Orthopedic Sports Medicine Institute, Covington, LA 70433, USA
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Aim: We aim to show that the use of nondigested micro-fragmented adipose tissue (MFat™, Lipogems R ) is a viable alternative for treatment of joint pain and inflammation associated dysfunction in shoulder osteoarthritis (OA). Materials & methods: A total of 25 subjects with OA received an injection ofMFat™ and were followed at 6, 18 and 52 weeks intervals. Quantitative analysis of pain and function modalities were performed using the visual analog scale and the disabilities of the arm, shoulder and hand, respectively.
Results: All study participants reported significant progressive improvement (p < 0.001) from baseline in visual analog scale and disabilities of the arm, shoulder and hand in shoulder OA cases up to a year post.
Conclusion: MFat™ therapy improves pain and function in patients with shoulder OA and can provide a long-term alternative to surgical intervention.
First draft submitted: 15 May 2020; Accepted for publication: 27 October 2020; Published online: 4 December 2020