Lipogems Cell Therapy


Coeur d’Alene Regenerative Medicine believes in using the patient’s own tissue to help the body repair and restore. The use of the patients’ own cells promotes a healing environment to help repair, reconstruct, replace damaged or injured tissue.

The patients’ own fat-derived cells are harvested during an in-office procedure. Treatment is relativity painless and take about 30 minutes to an hour to perform. In some cases, adipose tissue (fat) will be harvested in the operating room in conjunction with a surgical procedure.

All procedures are performed by Joanne Halbrecht, MD, board-certified orthopedic surgeon with over 25 years of experience or Jeffrey Larson, MD, board-certified neurosurgeon with over 25 years of experience.

What is Lipogems?

LIPOGEMS is 510(k) FDA-Cleared device that gently processes a patient’s own fat tissue and can be delivered to multiple areas of the body to promote healing. The FDA approved LIPOGEMS for widespread use in November of 2016.

The LIPOGEMS procedure rinses and cleans inflammatory oils and blood from the harvested fat while keeping the natural and beneficial properties of the fat tissue. The cleansed fat is then injected into the injured site. The fat tends to remain in the area where it is injected instead of being immediately reabsorbed by the body, allowing the body to maximize the benefits of the injection for an extended period of time.

LIPOGEMS is ideal for patients that have a musculoskeletal condition, unable to get major, invasive surgery, would like another option to major, invasive surgery, or would like to be used in conjunction with their surgery.

Microfragmented adipose tissue processed by the LIPOGEMS System is used to provide cushion and support to help the natural healing process by supporting the repair, replacement, reconstruction of damaged or injured tissue.

The LIPOGEMS minimally invasive procedure is performed in a physicians’ office or a surgical setting and can be completed in less than an hour.


Why Use Your Own Fat For Healing?

Scientifically, fat is called adipose tissue. 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. Many studies over several decades have been conducted exploring the healing potential of fat.
Fat contains network of blood vessels, connective tissue, and important reparative cells including adipose derived stem cells. The tissue works together as a functional unit.

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.1

Research has shown that as a person ages, their FAT maintains its reparative properties unlike similar tissue, which mat lose healing capacity with age.2, 3, 4

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

What Makes Lipogems Technology Cutting Edge?

Simple and Quick Procedure

The minimally invasive procedure can be performed in less than an hour in our office or in a surgical setting.

Best Quality Tissue

Your own fat is high quality tissue and there is minimal risk of rejection and infection.


The Lipogems device washes away contaminants (blood, oil, and dead cells) using only saline.

Gentle Processing

The special cells and signals within fat that provide its physical and biologic benefits are trapped inside the fat matrix. The unique Lipogems process resizes the tissue in order to optimize tissue survivability in the treatment site while maintaining the natural structural properties of your fat. The Lipogems device gently resizes the fat tissue to create the ideal material and performance properties to inject the Lipogems precisely into a damaged area to cushion and support the area as it heals.

Easier Injections

Because the Lipogems process micro-fragments your fat, the size of the Lipogems tissue is ideal to facilitate healing in the treatment site.


Lipogems technology is FDA cleared.

  1. Department of Justice Files Complaints Against Florida and California Companies to Stop Use of Experimental Stem Cell Drugs on Patients. Accessed on: September 11, 2018
  2. Somoza RA, Welter JF, Correa D, Caplan AI. Chondrogenic Differentiation of Mesenchymal Stem Cells: Challenges and Unfulfilled Expectations Tissue Eng Part B Rev. 2014 Dec 1; 20(6): 596–608
  3. Zuk, Patricia A., et al. “Human adipose tissue is a source of multipotent stem cells.” Molecular biology of the cell 13.12 (2002): 4279-4295.
  4. Zuk, Patricia A., et al. “Multilineage cells from human adipose tissue: implications for cell-based therapies.” Tissue engineering7.2 (2001): 211-228.

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.