• A Regenerative and Restoration Milestone

    A Regenerative and Restoration Milestone

    It happens every year since the day I was born, there is a birthday celebration in my home and it happens again this week. Sure, I have a little more graying of my hair; but fortunately, I have my hair. I also have an activity level that would not have been possible, given the arthritis

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  • The U.S. FDA regulation of cell therapies finally is enforced

    “Mitch, not sure if you heard, but the FDA via the DOJ has requested injunctions against the mothership clinics of Berman and Lander, as well as the US Stem Cell clinic run by Comella. We can hope that criminal indictments might follow, since they certainly are some of the most flagrant violators of...

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  • Birds do it, bees do it, even Jack Nicklaus does it; I am talking about stem cells

    In the ongoing initiative to remain in the forefront of cellular orthopedic offerings for arthritis, “a needle, not a knife”, it was time to advance my skills when dealing with low back pain. About 70% of my patients, in addition to major joint disease, present with degenerative disc and facet joint...

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  • All Regenerative Physicians are Not the Same

    All Regenerative Physicians are Not the Same

    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...

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  • Results of Bone Marrow Concentrate Intervention for Osteoarthritis of the Hip

    Results of Bone Marrow Concentrate Intervention for Osteoarthritis of the Hip

    I am receiving increased requests for my Outcomes Data following a Bone Marrow Concentrate intervention for osteoarthritis of the hip. There is a paucity of said outcomes data in the scientific literature in part because of the relatively recent introduction of Regenerative Medicine for Osteoarthritis....

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  • Optimizing Strategies for the Practice of Interventional Orthopedics

    Optimizing Strategies for the Practice of Interventional Orthopedics

    The FDA again held a meeting to address issues pertaining to Regenerative Medicine. At the conclusion of the meeting, an updated set of guidelines was developed for patient protection in the use of stem cells, growth factors, and platelet rich plasma. While still being interpreted by the Regenerative...

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  • Comparing Stem Cell Outcomes to those of Total Joint Replacements

    Comparing Stem Cell Outcomes to those of Total Joint Replacements

    I recently received the yearly publication from the Orthopedic and Rheumatology Institute of the Cleveland Clinic; the latter recognized as one of the 10 most prestigious orthopedic centers in the nation. Every year the publication, a marketing exercise by the Cleveland Clinic, focuses on certain subspecialty...

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  • The Traumatic Initiation of Arthritis

    The Traumatic Initiation of Arthritis

    Background: It is increasingly recognized that biochemical abnormalities of the joint precede radiographic abnormalities of post traumatic osteoarthritis (PTOA) by as much as decades. A growing body of evidence strongly suggests that the progression from anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury to PTOA...

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  • When it comes to Orthobiologics, what’s in and what’s out

    Out is routine Medicare and insurance coverage indemnification of hyaluronic acid injections for osteoarthritic joints other than the knee. Additionally, several insurance carriers are now requiring pre-certification to determine if they will even cover hyaluronic acid injections of the knee. The phenomenon...

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  • “Whoever can supply them with illusions is easily their master”

    “Whoever can supply them with illusions is easily their master”

    This past Thursday, I was reading the Steve Chapman article in the Chicago Tribune and in the article, he quoted French Sociologist Gustav Le Bon who is best known for his 1895 work The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind. While Chapman was trying to explain the Trump phenomenon, I saw an explanation...

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