I have purposely used the terms interventional orthopedics and cellular orthopedics when referring to regenerative medicine to remind my reader that I am an orthopedic surgeon. Later in life, I graduated into my present role as a clinician seeking to assist a patient in postponing, at times avoiding a major surgical procedure for an arthritic or otherwise compromised joint. You will note that I limit my discussion and topic matter to the musculoskeletal system and, do not allow vanity or greed to suggest that I am willing to expand my scope of care directed to conditions and diseases for which I am willing to provide treatment. In my 37-year commitment to reconstructive orthopedics and joint replacement surgery, I did not increase my scope of services outside the musculoskeletal system and I won’t consider anything more in my regenerative medicine undertakings, today.

To take things a bit further, when it comes to cartilage damage in any joint and from any causation, there are three categories of care: Palliative, Reparative and Restorative. In the first category, palliative, I do offer anti-inflammatory prescription, cortisone injection and hyaluronic intervention. At times, for those who meet inclusion criteria, I even enroll patients in an amniotic fluid clinical trial for pain management when deemed appropriate knowing there is no regenerative or even reparative potential therein. Reparative may take place during a Bone Marrow Concentrate procedure; but my goal is Restorative (Regeneration). The only FDA complaint method for delivering stem cells to an arthritic joint is the use of your aspirated and then concentrated bone marrow from your pelvis. In spite of the misleading and false news to be found on the various web sites, in order for stem cells to be separated from fat, an enzymatic digestion must take place and that manipulation renders adipose derived stem cell usage contrary to FDA mandates. Furthermore, there is no published scientific literature demonstrating adipose derived stem cells are of value in the care and treatment of an arthritic or otherwise altered joint function.

When you decide to seek out a provider of regenerative services, a very important part of the decision- making process should be to question that provider as to whether services are limited to the musculoskeletal system and what outcomes and data of that particular practice experiences? I have noted recently that my data and outcomes are being posted on web sites around the country as if the results were being achieved in settings other than mine.

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