Sometimes there is only one way to really know what is happening inside a joint…..and when that happens we look directly into the joint using a small needle arthroscopy device called the Mi-Eye 2. The procedure is covered by insurance and done under local anesthesia. Most procedures take about 10 minutes. Usually this replaces the need for a MRI scan which can take 45 minutes and for some people is just not an option because they have claustrophobia or they have metal implants. Here is a 4 minute video showing a recent case in the office. Give us a call if you want more information!
Dallas PRP and Stem Cell Institute Slidely Promo video
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We should have a good crowd of prospective patients, a couple of local docs, and a sales rep or two….. We will discuss the current state of the art for PRP and bone marrow derived stem cells. We will give tips on how to spot stem cell scams! Dr. Don Buford, a board certified orthopedic surgeon, will lead the discussion and answer all questions since he also does the procedures. Come on down!
Come join us at the Dallas PRP and Stem Cell Institute tomorrow night at 7pm. Tuesday March 27,2018
Top 5 reasons why we are not your typical free PRP and stem cell seminar
Some smart researchers at the University of South Carolina are looking at enzymes in our blood that may be important in the healing cascade and in putting stem cells into an “activated” state.
The routine knee surgery for a torn meniscus (a type of cartilage in between the bones of the knee) when there is already arthritis in the knee often leads to a result not better than just waiting for the knee to “settle down”. The problem? It can take a long time for knee function and pain to return to normal….which is why sometimes the surgery is indeed the smart thing to do for someone to return to work and other activities sooner.
Another example of the pseudo-science in stem cells. Despite their website, The Lung Institute cannot get stem cells for treatment from peripheral blood….none of us humans can! The second problem? Using stem cells from any source (whether autologous or allograft) has been deemed a non-homologous use by the FDA as of November 2017 …..meaning that in order to do that a clinic or doctor has to have approval from the FDA to make and use an Investigational Drug on Humans. (IND/BLA) So if the Lung Institute does not have an approved IND/BLA with the FDA, they could be sent a Warning Letter to stop treating people with an unapproved drug. Hopefully the FDA has seen this web site!!
We had a nice evening last night at the Winewood restaurant sponsored by Konica Minolta and Emcyte. MSK ultrasound gives the clinician the ability to see soft tissues and joints in real time. I think it is a great diagnostic tool and many times can replace MRI scans so we can make an instant diagnosis for patients. Saves people time and money! If we decide to use Platelet Rich Plasma or bone marrow derived Stem Cells, then we use ultrasound to make sure we are putting these expensive biologic injections exactly where they need to go.
Currently, I am at the 2018 Interventional Orthopedic Foundation meeting which is a multidisciplinary collection of clinicians interested in advanced the field of interventional orthopedics and in the science and application of orthobiologics. One of my faculty assignments was to discuss the many reasons why centrifuging and concentrating bone marrow aspirate makes good clinical sense when compared to just using bone marrow aspirate alone as a treatment. Below is a summary of my talking points!