That’s the headlines in several orthopedic articles recently appearing in scientific journals and that’s what is predicted for the future. I have been using that syringe in lieu of a scalpel for three years. Four years ago, it was a four-inch incision for a knee and a ten-inch incision for a hip. A revision required more than double that length with major muscle disruption of life and a marginally successful outcome.

Let’s return to the alternative for a joint replacement in an arthritic joint, Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate. This past weekend, I presented the 12 to 24 month outcomes of Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate for knee arthritis in 172 patients I have treated, at the Orthopedic and Biological Institute 5th annual meeting held in Las Vegas. More than 500 physicians from around the world attended it. The paper was very well received as indicated by a continual flow of e-mail commentary, and will influence how the attendees approach osteoarthritis in their respective patient populations in the immediate future. While I educated the audience, I also learned something from several French and Spanish Orthopedists speaking at the meeting. In addition to treating the arthritic joint, three studies were delivered in which the bone immediately adjacent to the arthritic joint was injected with stem cells in addition to placing BMAC in the joint itself. Called a subchondroplasty, it adds little extra to the procedure and to date, seems to have significantly improved results. As of July 1, the modified approach will be included in my treatment protocol for the osteoarthritic knee when I deem appropriate. It takes a team and a lot of time and effort to complete these outcome studies. That’s why most clinicians don’t partake. At most, some do it by telephone or forms to be completed by the patient and mailed in. That’s not the way of a joint replacement surgeon. Our outcome scoring is objective and includes hard end points such as reproducible measurements. My having incorporated clinical research into my patient care efforts has resulted in a continual improvement with better and longer lasting outcomes in my management alternatives for arthritis. I have the data to prove it.

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