The Regenerative Pain Center is about to begin as well. I completed my training at Regenexx on Thursday and started enrolling patients on Friday. I chose to affiliate with Regenexx because theirs is the longest and largest outcomes database pertaining to the clinical use of stem cells in the care and treatment of arthritis and musculoskeletal injury. Certainly, there remains a major role for orthopedic surgery in the management of arthritis and joint injury but now the patient has an option. Given the fact that 15 to 20% of joint replacement recipients have complication or unsatisfactory outcomes or are never able to resume the type of activity previously enjoyed, it makes all the sense in the world to exhaust the regenerative care option before a joint replacement. While I was writing this Blog, my landlord dropped by to tell me the saga of his son-in-law’s father. The latter, a surgeon himself, still is experiencing pain and repeated hemorrhage into his knee eight months after a knee replacement. The ongoing problem is contributing, in part, to his decision to retire. Might he have avoided a knee replacement if he had tried the regenerative medicine route?
The world of stem cell management is a commitment for me because I believe in the process. It is also dynamic, as another means of approach has been introduced for stem cell harvesting that is very promising and less complicated than bone marrow harvesting. Blood born stem cells may now be captured by concentrating platelet rich plasma. Until now, PRP, while having some stem cell component, was really an anti-inflammatory approach because of a wealth of growth factors. With the recent introduction of a major advance in platelet concentration methodology by Regenexx, ultra concentrated PRP, introduces a potential sufficient quantity of stem cells to begin to mirror the possibilities of bone marrow derived stem cells.
To complete my preparation and credentialing for the transition from a reconstructive joint replacement surgeon to a regenerative medicine restoration physician, I am off to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons course “Advances in Care of the Aging Athlete” on Thursday. In addition to stem cells, the subject matter includes Nutrition and Supplementation: Optimization with Aging; Anti-Aging and Performance Drugs; Cartilage Restoration; Knee Rehabilitation in the Arthritic Knee: How Much Can We Push?; The Basic Science of Aging: Implications for the Male and Female Master Athlete; Injectable Adjunctive Therapies: Solid Treatment or Snake Oil: Performance Optimization in the Masters’ Athlete; and more. I won’t live forever; but while I am still here, my ethos is “Just Do It”. To learn more, call and schedule an appointment.
Mitchell B. Sheinkop, M.D.
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