Just as I hope to improve patient activity with delivery of Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC), Stem Cells and Concentrated Growth Factor for grades 2 and 3 osteoarthritis, might the success of a surgical procedure at the time of the initial trauma be significantly improved by the adjunct of BMC, Stem Cells and GFC thereby heading off a suboptimal response to an initial trauma surgery? Clearly, being driven as medical practice is in the US; that is to assess pain and then determine the anatomical treatments to relieve that pain has to change. It would make more sense for the surgeon to examine the “flaws” in anatomy, and judiciously treat with BMC before the flaw leads to frank pain and other issues. There is a need for the preemptive integration of Cellular Orthopedics in both the early arthritis and traumatic environments.

Bone bruises and bone edema are grossly under treated in the current orthopedic paradigm. If we would offer patients a Bone Marrow Concentrate intervention at the time of injury or in conjunction with surgery, it is possible, actually likely, that progression to higher arthritic scores will be greatly delayed.

To put things in a proper perspective, most patients expect an improvement of physical activity after total knee replacement. In a Feature Article How Much Improvement in Patient Activity Can Be Expected After TKA?, from a major university center in Germany, only 22% of TKR recipients met health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA) guidelines and only 31% achieved an active lifestyle. In contrast, our data indicates that greater than 70% of our patients who have undergone a bone marrow concentrate/stem cell intervention for osteoarthritis are active in recreational athletics and fitness pursuits including skiing, cycling, golfing, dancing, hunting, fly fishing, basketball, etc.

You the patient have to determine how to proceed and become an advocate for your own arthritic care be it interventional or preemptive. Clearly, the orthopedic surgical and sports medicine communities are behind in integrating orthobiologics into treatment protocols. To stay ahead and learn more be it arthritis or a recent injury requiring surgical repair, consider a cellular orthopedic consultation 847-390-7666 to schedule an appointment.

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