LycaHealth – combine expert knowledge with technological innovation
January 9, 2018
Are you living with joint pain?
In England and Wales there are approximately 160,000 total hip and knee replacement procedures performed each year. Approximately the same number of hip and knee joints are replaced. The number of hip replacement operations on people aged under 60 has risen 76% in the last decade, according to NHS figures.
However, there is a revolution taking place, led by former a Chelsea FC team doctor.
Internationally-renowned Dr Ralph Rogers is committed to changing the face of orthopaedics, pioneering non-surgical regenerative treatments for patients suffering from a variety of orthopaedic, musculoskeletal and sports injuries.
Dr Rogers, who has clinics at LycaHealth, a cutting edge new outpatient facility in the heart of Canary Wharf, is leading the way as the first, and most experienced doctor, to offer regenerative orthopaedics and sports medicine in the UK.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re an elite athlete, a weekend warrior, a golf fanatic or just someone who doesn’t want to live in pain – Dr Rogers understands that mobility and freedom from pain is essential to maintaining a good quality of life. In order to minimise recovery time for his patients, Dr Rogers specialises in non-surgical treatments for orthopaedic conditions. His ultimate goal is to get you back to your best. He provides his patients with bespoke treatment options that meet individual needs and get you where you want to be without a lengthy or painful recovery process.
The non-invasive treatments, described by patients as ‘life-changing’, have the potential to help with the repair, replacement, reconstruction and support of damaged or injured tissues. These include Lipogems, adipose tissue therapy, Alpha 2-Macroglobulin and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy.
Lipogems is a cutting-edge technology that harnesses the natural and powerful reparative capability of the patient’s adipose tissue reserves. The Lipogems are created in a closed-system device that uses only sterile saline solution to wash away the impurities. The gentle process micro-fragments the fat, preserving the natural and beneficial properties of the tissue. The optimal size of the Lipogems tissue allows your physician to accurately inject a specific treatment site with a small gauge needle and minimise pain at the injection site.
The Lipogems device was invented in Italy by the world-renowned plastic surgeon Professor Carlo Tremolada, who was looking for a way to optimise fat for reconstructive applications. It has been rigorously reviewed by the US Food & Drug Administration and authorised for clinical use in the States since 2014.
Dr Rogers was trained by Professor Tremolada personally in Milan and his patients are reporting significant improvements.
The Lipogems procedure can be performed in under one hour in an outpatient clinical setting. It requires only local anesthesia and there is minimal recovery time. Your physician will collect a small volume of fat from your midsection or “love handles” using a minimally invasive technique that requires only a very small incision.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common musculoskeletal condition in older people. Around a third of people aged 45 years and over in the UK, a total of 8.75 million people, have sought treatment for osteoarthritis. You’re more likely to develop OA if you are older, overweight or if you’ve suffered a joint injury in the past.
The degenerative disease causes cartilage to wear down, commonly affecting the knee, hip or fingers, causing them to become painful and limiting movement. There are some options to treat OA, but they only offer temporary relief and treat the symptoms rather than the root cause.
By using injections of highly concentrated Alpha-2-Macroglobulin (A2M) directly into the affected joint it is possible to achieve symptomatic relief of pain, swelling, stiffness and restricted movement.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is another minimally invasive, non-surgical treatment that relieves pain by promoting long-lasting healing of musculoskeletal conditions.
The body’s natural reaction to an injury is to send platelets from the blood to damaged tissues to initiate healing. Platelets store a vast array of growth factors which are released at the site of injury through cell signals received from the injured tissue to stimulate healing.
PRP is injected directly into the injured tissue, stimulating the same healing response in a much more potent form. The PRP treatment uses your own concentrated platelets and growth factors to stimulate and enhance the body’s own healing response to treat acute injury, inflammation or chronic degenerative disease.
Regenerative medicine offers an alternative to patients who suffer from joint problems or who are facing joint-replacement surgery. It is not something that is light years away, or only available to super-rich footballers, it is here and now and Dr Rogers is revolutionising the treatment of osteoarthritis, sports injuries and other joint conditions.
Regenerative treatments allow patients, whether they are older people, former elite athletes or just someone living with joint problems, to return to a fit and active lifestyle without major discomfort or lengthy recovery time.
Dr Rogers says: “I am passionate about natural healing and regenerative treatments and the reaction of my patients tells me that this is for good reason. The outcomes I am seeing are indeed life-changing for some people and if I can positively influence the world of Orthopaedics by challenging the normal indicative pathways of surgical interventions for patients suffering from a variety of orthopaedic, musculoskeletal and sports injuries, I will do so.”
Timely diagnosis is important when you are in pain and waiting for MRI scan results can lead to extra stress that you don’t need, time away from work, and a delay in receiving treatment. However, if scan results were delivered immediately, there would be no need to worry – and that’s where LycaHealth excels.
LycaHealth clinics offer state-of-the-art diagnostic services, which enable the doctors to diagnose and treat patients quickly.
Their cutting edge equipment includes ultra-low dose radiation digital X-Ray and CT Scanners, alongside a market leading 3T MRI scanners, which are twice as powerful as standard machines currently used by other diagnostic imaging providers, making it more accurate and more likely to spot medical problems. LycaHealth has invested £14million in its state-of-the-art diagnostic and imaging equipment – and currently boast a fantastic state of the art facility where all of this equipment is housed under one roof.
Lycahealth’s low noise 3T MRI scanner is designed to offer a more pleasant and comfortable experience for its users, providing mood lighting to reduce anxiety allowing patients to relax, alongside boasting a wider 700mm internal bore size than other comparable machines on the market, diminishing the claustrophobic feelings patients often feel.
Their Philips ‘Ingenuity’ 128 Slice CT scanner allows clinicians to view internal structures in the body in exceptional detail. It is ideally suited for looking at organs within the abdomen and chest, and can help diagnose diseases like lung cancer, coronary artery disease and can also be used to screen for bowel cancer. The 128 slice CT scanner uses lower levels of radiation without compromising on the quality of the results and is virtually noise-free.
LycaHealth also boasts the Philips advanced Epiq ultrasound system, which achieves amazing results. It is ideal for routine imaging of areas such as the abdomen and pelvis as well as pregnancy scans and can also be used for musculoskeletal scanning and guided injections for tendon, muscle and joint diseases.
X-rays are a vital diagnostic tool for the consultants, using electromagnetic radiation to detect bone fractures and breaks, lung problems, tumours and other medical conditions. LycaHealth has invested in the advanced Philips digital radiography (X-Ray) system, which has lower radiation levels than conventional x-ray machines making it safer for the patient.
Dr Rogers’ clinics are available at LycaHealth based in the heart of Canary Wharf.