Why our Regenerative Medicine/Interventional Orthopedic clinical practice is where you should consult before undergoing a Cellular Medicine intervention:

I am an orthopedic surgeon, Professor Emeritus at Rush, who for 37 years, performed Joint Replacement Surgery for arthritis before “graduating” into Cellular Orthopedics. Basically, I exchanged my knife for a needle. As a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, I am required to partake in the Mandatory Disclosure Policy requiring me to update disclosures and potential conflicts of interest at least semiannually (April and October). All AAOS members involved as continued medical education faculty and authors, orthopedic volunteers in organizational governance, clinical practice guidelines, appropriate use criteria, and performance measures development, and editors-in-chief and members of editorial boards are required to complete disclosure in the AAOS Orthopedic Disclosure Program. My membership and active participation in the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, my Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons, and my membership in the American Medical Association is your quality assurance that I subscribe to evidence based clinical practice guidelines. As such, it is my responsibility to offer Regenerative Medicine interventions to only those who meet Inclusion Criteria and educate patients who I can’t help about joint replacement alternatives. Furthermore, I also am bound by professional ethics not to add unproven treatments to my range of services.

Inclusion criteria are based on a medical history and physical examination, first and foremost and secondarily, after a look at an X-ray or MRI. Conversely, we employ a relatively strict list of exclusion criteria for those patients who just won’t benefit from Cellular Orthopedic interventions. Admittedly, while our practice is based on the scientific evidence, from time to time there are new treatment options. Unlike many who offer stem cell treatments, when a new regenerative option is brought to my attention, if I feel that it falls within FDA approved guidelines, I will investigate, apply for an IRB centered scrutiny and provide exhaustive informed consent to a patient. Your quality assurance of my standards of practice should also be reinforced by my participation as a member of the Regenexx Network and my involvement in the recently formed Regenexx Board of Advisors. In addition, I have made a commitment to my patients that I would become familiar with any new clinical trial initiatives and participate if I feel there is a role for such in my practice.

Over the next several weeks, I will share with you my review of new Regenerative Offerings, especially for those who might otherwise not meet our Regenexx inclusion criteria.

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