The Blog this week was inspired by the phone call from a patient cancelling his scheduled Bone Marrow Concentrate/Stem cell procedure because he had heard about a superior alternative; namely, a white cell concentrate injection for arthritis. My initial response, “no such thing”. Then I gave it further thought and I realize patients are becoming victims of over exposure to purported stem cell options via newspaper ads, radio commercials, e-mail marketing campaigns and web sites all providing, for the most part, unscientific and false information to recruit a patient with a profit oriented motive. Making matters worse is the phenomenon of the modern web site designer; all you need is to hire one and you can become a major influence in the Regenerative Medicine environment.
Patient protection in the new world of Regenerative Medicine and Cellular Orthopedics will only be realized when a patient chooses the physician and let the expert educate, provide informed-consent, and make the appropriate recommendation based on Outcomes Science and Evidence Based Medicine. Expertise is not found because of the best marketing web site or a media campaign. There is really too much Regenerative Medicine worthless information available.
An arthritic patient indeed should make an effort to become informed prior to a procedure; but work with the expert to understand your options and the best alternative for you. All my recommendations are based on my 37-year joint replacement experience wherein I pioneered the integration of surgical care with scientific clinical trials and outcomes surveillance. For the past four and a half years, I have duplicated the initiatives in an orthobiologic based clinical practice gathering scientifically accepted Outcomes Measurements on the patients I treat. As a result, three separate corporations in the Orthobiologic world have asked me to function a Principal Investigator on new approaches to help a patient with an arthritic joint postpone, perhaps avoid a joint replacement.
If you have a symptomatic, arthritic joint, call and schedule a consultation. After taking your medical history, completing an orthopedic physical examination and reviewing images of the problematic joint, I will explain the several Cellular Orthopedic options and work with you at determining which alternative best meets your needs.
Call 312 475 1893 to schedule the consultation or you may access my website www.sheinkopmd.com.
The other educational option is to view my webinar www.ilcellulartherapy.com
Don’t let yourself fall victim to the plethora of unscientific claims and misinformation found online.