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!
Another example of the scam stem cell clinics in action. In this case, a chiropractor James Briggs presented himself as “Dr. Briggs” and charged this poor woman $5000 for a scam injection that was not even a real stem cell injection. This DC had already lost his license in one state and it was suspended in another state AND he had been arrested for Medicare fraud. Please do your homework….come see us for an honest eval and procedures that don’t violate current FDA rules and regulations.
Don Buford, MD, the Director of the Institute, will be holding 1 hour evening seminars on Tuesdays in November….the 7th, 14th, and 28th. Seminars will run from 6p – 7p.
In a 5 minute procedure under local anesthesia, we can see into your knee or shoulder for diagnosis and to guide PRP and stem cell injections. The procedure is covered by insurance companies!
The whole process takes 45 minutes… see the short video below done by Christopher Centeno, MD which simply explains why those facilities selling these products as “stem cell” injections are committing consumer fraud. If you want a real stem cell injection….it has to come from your own body in the USA right now!