• The explosive growth of Stem Cell interest in my practice

    The explosive growth of Stem Cell interest in my practice

    For those new to this Blog, my focus on Regenerative Medicine has just started its fifth year. Prior to that time, I was an orthopedic surgeon surgically replacing hips and knees at a major academic Chicago Medical center for almost 40 years. I then graduated into Regenerative Medicine where I have dedicated...

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  • The difference between an orthopedic surgeon and the camp followers

    The difference between an orthopedic surgeon and the camp followers

    From the AMA News, July 1   Good Morning Dr. Mitchell Sheinkop.  Here are today’s top stories. Leading the News: Unproven stem cell therapies available at hundreds of US clinics In “Science Now,” the Los Angeles Times (6/30, Kaplan) reports that research indicates across the US, “at...

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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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  • The Place for Preemptive Bone Marrow Concentrate, Growth Factor Concentrate and Stem Cells

    The Place for Preemptive Bone Marrow Concentrate, Growth Factor Concentrate and Stem Cells

    Just as I hope to improve patient activity with delivery of Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC), Stem Cells and Concentrated Growth Factor for grades 2 and 3 osteoarthritis, might the success of a surgical procedure at the time of the initial trauma be significantly improved by the adjunct of BMC, Stem Cells...

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  • Subchondroplasty Revisited

    Subchondroplasty Revisited

    In the late summer of 2015, I was featured on a Fox cable news segment featuring a patient on whom I had performed a Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate –Stem Cell intervention coupled with a subchondroplasty procedure. The patient had experienced a poor result from a right Total Knee Replacement years...

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  • “Exercise linked to reduced risk of several cancers”

    “Exercise linked to reduced risk of several cancers”

    From the AMA Morning Rounds May 16, 2016 Today’s Medical News Prepared Exclusively for You Leading News “Exercise linked to reduced risk of several cancers” ABC World News Tonight (5/16, story 11, 0:25, Muir) reported, “The National Cancer Institute confirms that moderate exercise, all the...

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  • Autologous Regenerative Therapies

    Autologous Regenerative Therapies

    You may have seen this subject matter before but research and everyday experience reminds me that one has  to hear the informed consent three times for the best retention. Clinical translation of regenerative medicine technologies requires a source of stem and progenitor cells and growth factors. The...

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  • Regenerative Therapies: How We Might do Even Better

    Regenerative Therapies: How We Might do Even Better

    Bob Dylan released his third studio album The Times They Are A-Changin’ in 1964; but history was in a constant state of flux before and Regenerative Medicine continues to evolve. While I am concerned about devolution in our civility and world; that’s outside the scope of my medical Blog and I will...

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  • Cartilage repair revisited

    Articulate cartilage has little to no capacity to undergo spontaneous repair because it has no blood supply nor is it able to regenerate across a physical gap. In order to restore cartilage in a skeletally mature patient, there is a need for outside help. In some settings, osteochondral transfer (bone...

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