May 20, 2020
Actually, we never closed, but many patients stopped coming for care due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, and the Surgicenter that I depend on temporarily shut down. The good news is that patients are returning and the Surgicenter has reopened allowing me to offer arthritic patients a full menu of services. Most readers of this Blog are aware of our minimally invasive, outpatient procedures for those limited by an arthritic joint and hope to postpone, perhaps to avoid a major surgical procedure. If you have forgotten or are a new patient, I will restate our unique regenerative medicine approaches to a symptomatic joint that limits your function.
Regenerative Medicine Approaches for Treatments
- Proprietary Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Growth Factors. When indicated, the procedure is done in the office using your platelets and plasma
- Acellular Amniotic Fluid. Since this alternative became available without cells, I have embraced it, again when indicate for a patient in lieu of cortisone of hyaluronic acid. The proteins in amniotic fluid may provide four to eight months of pain relief. In many cases, Medicare and private insurance offerings, not all, will cover the cost of care
- Stem Cells and Bone Marrow Concentrate. Actually, it is the Stem Cell in Bone Marrow Concentrate that remains the mainstay of my approach to an arthritic joint for patients who meet the inclusion criteria.
- Adipose Derived Stem Cells. For the past eight months, I have been one of seven centers approved by the FDA for a clinical Trial wherein, stem cells recovered from your adipose tissue via liposuction, are sent to a designated laboratory for manipulation and returned as a drug to treat an arthritic knee. As of next week, we will be recruiting patients again for The Trial as well returning to the Surgicenter for performance of the Liposuction with an advanced methodology.
There are several additional interventions that I perform in the office; but the latter are only intended for short term relief. For the interested patient or the one whose treatment cycle was postponed due to the Pandemic, call (312) 475-1893. You may visit my web site and watch a webinar www.sheinkopmd.com
Be assured that we practice social isolation in the office and waiting room, cleanse offices between patients, and wear Personal Protective Equipment.
Tags: cellular therapy, orthobiologics, regenerative medicine, regenerative orthopedics
May 7, 2020
Stem Cells and Back Pain?
I estimate that more than 60% of patients seeking regenerative medical options for an arthritic joint have a major co-morbidity; namely, degenerative disc and joint disease of the low back. The backache complaint is so frequent that I only wish I could recommend stem cell intervention into the degenerative disc or degenerative facet joint at L3-L4, L4-L5, and L5-S1. Yet, the evidence-based statistical data for safety and efficacy is not quite sufficient to allow me to begin a stem cell initiative concerning the low back. Is there an alternative for those experiencing daily back pain; something to make a symptomatic patient functional?
A Virtual Way to Combat Back Pain
During our forced shelter-in-place over the past many weeks, my wife, Sharon, has not been able to visit Body and Brain Yoga or enjoy a weekly appointment for a 55-minute Pilates session. Her low back started to become a recurrent source of concern, symptoms, and limitations until she came across DesirelistTV. #AtHomeTogether, the website features MOVE with us, DINE with us, and Let Us Entertain you; segments led by professionals and all professional content is for free. Try it at www.desirelist.com/TV ; the “coaches”, instructors, and professionals change daily, as does the subject matter. This is where I joined master mixologists to learn how to make the perfect Margaritas for Cinco De Mayo.
Ah, but I have digressed from the low back. By “attending” the virtual yoga, tai chi, core strengthening and stretching classes four to five days a week, Sharon no longer has a back symptom; she has regained all of her function and then some. In the meantime, my office schedule is starting to fill up, the Surgi-Center that I depend on will reopen for me on May 13, and I will be returning to our Personalized Stem Cell Clinical Trial next week as well. All patients may be certain that our offices, Surgi-Center and staff will be using every available precaution and more when we assess and treat our patients. What is your ultimate assurance that we are taking every know precaution to protect patients? It is quite straight forward: neither Mary, Kelly, nor I want to be infected with COVID-19.
On Tuesday, we evaluated and treated 14 patients including interventions in six with orthobiologic products. Wednesday, we treated both knees of a patient with a proprietary Platelet Rich Plasma/growth factor autogenous biologic. Today, Thursday, four patients are scheduled. Next week, we will return to working at the Surgi-Center following all protective guidelines and then some.
To catch up or keep up, visit my website at www.sheinkopmd.com as well as www.PersonalizedStemCells.com. You may learn about stem cells and COVID-19.
To schedule a consultation, call (312) 475-1893.
Caution: Beware of illegal and illegitimate stem cell clinics.
Tags: back pain, can stem cells be used for back pain?, regenerative medicine, stem cell therapy for back pain, stem cells and your back
Feb 26, 2020
Well not really Stem Cells, but certainly Platelet Rich Plasma and Growth Factor Protein Concentrate. Knowing that the term Stem Cells attracts attention, I used it here so hopefully, you would read this Blog.
On Saturday, February 15, I departed for a week of skiing in Vail, Colorado. In anticipation of the sojourn, in Late December, I underwent an intervention into both of my hips and knees using Platelet Rich plasma derived Proteins termed Growth Factors. My last Blog explored The Recreational Impact of Biologics: Stem cells, Growth Factors and Platelet Rich Plasma. While I dedicate about 5 to 6 hours a week in pursuit of conditioning; two weeks ago, I returned to spin class at the gym after a five-year hiatus substituting the demands of one-hour spin class for the stationary bicycle. While the late December interventions provided pain relief in my hips and knees, I didn’t feel that I would stand up to the demands of Vail, even with my customary rowing ergometer and strength training routines. It took several classes but here I am in Vail returning to the thrilling days of yester-year on spectacular powder and runs.
Returning to the office this morning, it was time to sit down and finish writing this blog. My first act, en route, was to pick up a copy of the February 24, edition of Crain’s Chicago Business, anticipating the appearance of A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ORTHOPEDIC MEDICINE. I had been selected as one of four Orthopedic Surgeons taking part in a question and answer platform. You may find the article quite informative and find it at CHICAGOBUSINESS.COM or find Crain’s Chicago Business wherever you purchase the daily newspaper. One particular question and answer is worth repeating. In response to the question “What new technologies and surgical techniques are you using?”; I responded “Biologics is the new technology that I use with a needle rather than a knife.” A second question and answer are worth repeating. “What insurance issues and concerns are common with orthopedic treatment?” “Recognizing the financial burdens imposed by some of my advanced technology offerings, I’ve created several affordable care alternatives.” Here is the link to the entire article: https://www.chicagobusiness.com/crains-custom-media/roundtable-discussions.
Now comes the readers’ choice. You may read the entire article by buying a newspaper; click the highlighted above; visit my web site at www.sheinkopmd.com or call and schedule a consultation (312) 475-1893.
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Tags: biologics, growth factors protein concentrate, regenerative medicine, stem cell intervention
Feb 5, 2020
FDA Warns About Stem Cell Therapies
Some patients may be vulnerable to stem cell treatments that are illegal and potentially harmful. September,2017
FDA News Release
FDA sends warning to company for selling unapproved umbilical cord blood and umbilical cord products that may put patients at risk; continues to warn patients of the risk of unapproved stem cell therapy. January, 2019
New Google policy bars ads for unproven stem cell therapies
“Untested, deceptive treatments” can endanger consumers, Internet giant says.” October,2019
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In spite of the attempts at consumer and patient protection by the FDA and Google, the bad actors and charlatans are still out there as evidenced by the following e-mail blast I received last week:
How do I explain the continued disregard at attempts by the FDA to protect the patient? The bad actors have been inspired by models of greed and unhinged marketing. But the FDA and potentially the FTC will get to them. The FDA didn’t issue a Public Safety Notice explicitly mentioning exosomes for nothing. Also, state medical boards are enabled by statements from the FDA that exosomes are experimental drugs, and physicians aren’t supposed to experiment in their patients.
Evidence Based Medicine is the new era of Regenerative Medicine and Cellular Orthopedics
Clinical outcomes and safety of a combined autologous bone marrow concentrate intraossesous and intraarticular injection for knee osteoarthritis at 12 months. Sheinkop, et al 02/01/2020
A specific protocol of autologous bone marrow concentrate and platelet products versus exercise therapy for symptomatic knee osteoarthritis: a randomized controlled trial with 2-year follow-up. Sheinkop, et al 12/2018
Safety and Efficacy of Percutaneous Injection of Lipogems Micro-Fractured Adipose Tissue for Osteoarthritic Knees. Sheinkop, et al 11/2018
My Current Clinical Practice
Acellular Growth Factors
Proprietary Platelet Rich Plasma and Fluid Concentrate
This is what I had done at both hips and both knees in December; and I am going skiing in Vail two week from now
Bone marrow Concentrate
Adipose Based Stem Cells
Visit www.personalizedstemcells.com to learn more
To schedule a consultation, call (312) 475-1893. The field of Cellular Orthopedics is dynamic and the associated costs are also changing to increase patient opportunity.
Tags: cellular orthopedics, FDA, FDA-approved stem cell therapie, regenerative medicine
Jan 13, 2020
DEFENSE HEALTH AGENCY 7700 ARLINGTON BOULEVARD, SUITE 5101 FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA 22042-5101 MEMORANDUM FOR DEPUTY CHIEF, READINESS AND HEALTH, BUREAU OF MEDICINE AND SURGERY DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF G-3/5/7, OFFICE OF THE SURGEON GENERAL DIRECTOR, MEDICAL OPERATIONS AND RESEARCH, OFFICE OF THE SURGEON GENERAL DIRECTOR, NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION MEDICAL
DIRECTORATE SUBJECT: Use of Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy (RMAT) Products Not Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy (RMAT) products not approved by the FDA have the potential to expose patients to unnecessary risk. One such product is injectable micronized dehydrated human amnion/chorion membrane (dHACM) used to treat conditions such as plantar fasciitis, tendonitis or osteoarthritis. Any of these products not approved by the FDA are considered investigational, at present. Therefore, effective immediately, all MHS facilities will stop using injectable RMAT products not approved by the FDA, including dHACM. Once the FDA has approved an RMAT product, further review will occur. The Veteran’s Administration has taken a similar action.
PAUL R. CORDTS, MD Deputy Assistant Director – Medical Affairs Defense Health Agency
At the same time I was made aware of the above Defense Department Memorandum, a patient called my attention to a brochure she had received in the mail on the same day recruiting “victims” to one of several offices in metropolitan Chicago treating patients with the very product that the Defense Health Agency classified as unapproved by the FDA and therefore prohibited for safe use. A day later. I received an e-mail from a health care provider out of state, a non-MD asking me about use of “stem cells and amniotic fluid in my office.”
Are these alleged members of the health care community charlatans, uninformed, or just plain dumb and dumber? “Beware, take care, of the Green-eyed dragon with 13 tails, he’ll feed, with greed”. There is only one FDA approved source of stem cells for arthritis available in the United States and I am pleased to have been designated a Clinical Investigator in the PSC Trial. You may read about it on my website at www.sheinkopmd.com or at www.personalizedstemcells.com . The other potential biologic alternatives that, to the best of my knowledge are approved at this time, involves using your bone marrow as a regenerative option for delivering Adult Mesenchymal Stem Cells, or Platelet Rich Plasma obtained from your circulating blood as resource for Growth Factors.
To learn more or to schedule a consultation, call (312) 475-1893
Tags: clinical trials, FDA approved stem cell research, regenerative medicine, stem cell research