Autologous Micro Fragmented Adipose Cell Therapy for End-Stage Ankle Osteoarthritis—Case Report and Review of Literature


Ankle osteoarthritis is mostly post-traumatic and in young people. Autologous fat cells have been successfully used to treat hip and knee OA. Aim of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of autologous microfragmented fat cell therapy in ankle osteoarthritis. This paper reports a 39-year-old labourer with post-traumatic advanced osteoarthritis of the ankle who was given Lipogem treatment. After lipoaspiration from the abdomen, processing and injection of microfragmented adipose tissue into the ankle was done. Patient was assessed for visual analogue scale (VAS), Manchester-Oxford Foot Questionnaire (MOXFQ) scores and Foot and Ankle Ability Measure (FAAM) scores preoperatively and at 6 months after treatment. There was considerable improvement in all patient-reported outcome measures at 6 months follow-up with no complications. Microfragmented adipose cell therapy for end-stage ankle arthritis can delay need for ankle fusion or replacement in young patients.

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Niazi, N., Islam, A., Aljawadi, A. et al. Autologous Micro Fragmented Adipose Cell Therapy for End-Stage Ankle Osteoarthritis—Case Report and Review of Literature. SN Compr. Clin. Med. (2021).

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  • Ankle osteoarthritis
  • Lipogem
  • Microfragmented fat cells
  • Stem cells