A disclaimer at the get-go. The title of this Blog was influenced by my repeat viewing the other night, when I became tired of news and sports, of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, about 40-odd years after my first watch. The penetrating music was never forgotten.
Yesterday was my initial office session in the new 618 West Fulton Street office. The first patient was a middle-aged police officer who I had initially treated for a fracture dislocation of his right hip in 1991, after having been involved in a vehicular collision. Please be reminded that at the time, I was a Professor of Orthopedics at a major academic medical center in Chicago, dedicated to joint replacement and reconstructive surgery of the hip and the knee. His treatment required an open reduction and internal fixation of a fracture/dislocation of the right femoral head. He had kept his medical records of the time; and so, when pain and restricted function at the hip were progressing, the still-active police officer decided to seek me out.
A full orthopedic assessment of the patient, with particular emphasis on his right hip, was followed by X-rays. Once I viewed the image, while l honestly didn’t remember the patient by name, I quickly recalled his case as the surgical intervention took place very early in the morning and required special instrumentation in order to maximize the end result. The Osteochondral Fracture of the femoral head at the time had healed, and I recognized the two retained mini-screws used for fracture fixation at the time. More important was the absence of avascular necrosis; that is loss of blood supply to the femoral head from the traumatic dislocation and the surgical reconstruction. Most important was the fact that the surgical reconstruction had resulted in 30-plus years of an unlimited quality of life and no restriction in his physical demands as a police officer.
Given the physical examination compatible with a minimal loss of hip motion, and an X-ray indicative of early onset, grade 3 osteoarthritis; I recommended a Bone Marrow Concentrate procedure for the right hip. In our evidence-based Regenerative Medicine and Cellular Orthopedic Practice, we have the statistics to support the recommendation enabling the application of the Adult Mesenchymal Stem Cells, Platelets, Growth Factors, and Precursor Cells to diminish or eliminate pain from the inflammation generated by osteoarthritis while at the same time influencing the progression of arthritic changes. The end result will postpone and, hopefully, assist the patient in avoiding a hip replacement while still in his mid-50s.
To learn more about how we may help you in the present and in the future, call (312) 475-1893 to schedule an office visit. Visit my website at www.sheinkopmd.com