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Stems cells for shoulder or knee surgery?

For the last 18 months I have been taking advantage of the stem cells naturally present in your bone marrow to accelerate my patients healing after...

For the last 18 months I have been taking advantage of the stem cells naturally present in your bone marrow to accelerate my patients healing after shoulder and knee surgery. Using the Biomet Biocue system, I aspirate the marrow, concentrate the stem cells then re-inject them into the repair site during surgery. This can be done for knee and shoulder surgery. This way my patients get the advantages of using stem cells to accelerate healing after surgery. The cool thing is it can be done right at the time of the repair… no need for a second procedure to obtain the stem cells!

This video shows the aspiration of bone marrow from a patients right shoulder while we are doing a rotator cuff repair. We punch a hole in the bone (that we would have anyway during the course of the repair), take the marrow, and then a technician will concentrate the stem cells from the marrow while I am doing the repair with my surgical team.  Once the repair is complete I inject the stem cells into the repair site. If you look at the video monitor in the background you can see what we are watching inside the shoulder with the arthroscope while obtaining the marrow.

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