• Update on the Cellular Orthopedic intervention to my knees

    Update on the Cellular Orthopedic intervention to my knees

    If you read my blog posting last week, you would have learned that I personally underwent a cellular orthopedic intervention to both of my knees on Wednesday, 12/27. The symptoms attributable to my own osteoarthritis had progressed to a degree that I was becoming limited in my recreational profile. While...

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  • Cellular Orthopedics, looking back and looking forward

    Cellular Orthopedics, looking back and looking forward

    Or as Dan Brown’s Origin explores, “Where did we come from, where are we going?” It seems customary to make predictions at this time of year; but I want to begin by looking back four decades. It is more than reminiscence. Until managed health care was introduced into the marketplace...

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  • On Cartilage Regeneration

    Since we practice in an emerging discipline of Regenerative Medicine, how is regeneration determined? Cartilage repair should be evaluated with use of a scoring system that considers the volume of the defect that becomes filled with repair tissue, the integration of repair tissue with adjacent cartilage,...

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  • My Algorithm If Stem Cell Intervention Doesn’t Last or Doesn’t Work

    My Algorithm If Stem Cell Intervention Doesn’t Last or Doesn’t Work

    I am being forthright; based on my review of data, while 80% or more of my patients continue to enjoy satisfactory outcomes at four years or more following a stem cell intervention, there are those whose symptoms and functional limitations recur. Please be aware that when I undertake the care and treatment...

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  • Vanity, Anecdote and Evidence; how far I will go to present the facts

    As regular readers of this Blog are aware and as well, those patients who seek consultation in my office, my cellular orthopedics practice is based on clinical evidence. While the largest marketer of stem cells in the Midwest, bases a recommendation for a product without scientific evidence or even anecdote,...

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  • “FDA Cracks Down On Stem-Cell Clinics Selling Unapproved Treatments”

    “FDA Cracks Down On Stem-Cell Clinics Selling Unapproved Treatments”

    The Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on “unscrupulous” clinics selling unproven and potentially dangerous treatments involving stem cells. Hundreds of clinics around the country have started selling stem cell therapies that supposedly use stem cells but have not been approved...

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  • Hyaluronic Acid, Platelet Rich Plasma and Bone Marrow Concentrate

    Hyaluronic Acid, Platelet Rich Plasma and Bone Marrow Concentrate

    Patients receiving either Hyaluronic Acid (HA- Synvisc, Supartz, Euflexxa) or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections will experience modest-term pain relief according to an article appearing in Orthopedics Today, August, 2017. In the study reviewed, Ultrasound Guided injections were given weekly for three...

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  • Advancing the Discipline of Cellular Orthopedics

    Advancing the Discipline of Cellular Orthopedics

    Most readers know that I “graduated” from joint replacement surgery into an emerging field of Regenerative Medicine about five years ago. Prior to that time, I had dedicated 37 years to Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery and played an active role in a joint replacement practice combining research...

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  • Combining Bone Marrow Concentrate into the joint with Subchondroplasty

    Combining Bone Marrow Concentrate into the joint with Subchondroplasty

    We now are approaching five-year outcomes regarding the use of Bone Marrow Concentrate for Osteoarthritis of the hip, knee, shoulder and ankle. Bone Marrow contains Adult Mesenchymal Stem (MSC) cells and Growth Factors. In the beginning, the entire informed consent process focused on the MSC in bone...

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  • Why The Center for Orthobiologic Clinical Trials?

    Why The Center for Orthobiologic Clinical Trials?

    Five years ago, I “graduated” from a 37-year career as an orthopedic surgeon with a practice based on hip and knee replacement surgery for arthritic joints. Trading my scalpel for a needle, I entered the new discipline of Cellular Orthopedics with a goal of helping patients delay, at times avoid...

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