I am an orthopedic surgeon. The new focus for the arthritic joint is restoration and not replacement. Almost five years ago, I joined that emerging initiative after a 37-year professional career of having replaced joints. One of the recent problems emerging in this discipline of regenerative medicine is that marketing is inaccurate. There is no quick fix be it a replacement or an interventional orthopedic procedure. What stem cells do not risk is a joint replacement failure requiring a repeat procedure (revision), a significant occurrence of infection, a blood clot or a nerve injury. As a surgeon, I replaced arthritic joints because the original cartilage had degenerated and the bone surfaces degraded. My effort now is to restore and not replace. This is an evolving field using stem cells derived from bone marrow, using inflammatory blockers, and growth factors.

Finding a good interventional cellular orthopedist is partly a numbers game. Research shows a regenerative specialist must do a minimum of 50 interventions a year to provide a consistently satisfactory end result. Five years ago, the orthopedic surgical community including my past associates were all nay-sayers. Today, they are embracing that which I pioneered. While there are of this time, no true standards and regulatory bodies outside the FDA, in my office, I have pioneered a standardization initiative via qualitative analysis of that which we aspirate and then inject. The meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons in San Diego ending last week dedicated a relatively large part of the educational and scientific agenda to regenerative medicine and interventional orthopedics. All this being said, the patient seeking out one of America’s fastest growing procedures must assure the provider is experienced, knowledgeable and be prepared to meet a patient’s expectations. The explosive growth of those holding themselves out to be capable of delivery an excellent or at least a good regenerative outcome is not supported by evidence or experience.  To repeat what I indicated above, all doctors are not the same. If you want the evidence, make an appointment. If you want a procedure by those who market themselves as treating Alzheimer’s, Alopecia, facial wrinkles, Arthritis, so on and so forth all under the same roof, I am not the that clinician.

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