Dr. John Ferrell Weighs in on The Rise of Regenerative Orthopedics

Knee Pain

A recent article posted in the Washington Post outlines the story of a man named Matt Oates. He says there is nothing he loves more than running, and ran over 2400 miles in 2018, including 14 half marathons! Unfortunately, after suffering a series of knee injuries that seemed insignificant at the time, his injuries progressed until he sought out medical attention. The doctor’s informed him that he had torn his meniscus, the cartilage in the knee that separates the major bones of the leg, that ensure smooth and proper function. 

He was faced with a series of choices, accept the fact that he may never run again, or seek out therapy options to restore his damaged cartilage. In this case, Matt decided to undergo a cutting-edge procedure called autologous cultured chondrocytes on porcine collagen membrane — otherwise known as MACI.

MACI Procedure for Knee Injuries 

In the article ROSM’s own Dr. John Ferrell was quoted on the promising future of regenerative orthopedics stating “Regenerative medicine and orthopedic surgery are starting to work together,” says Dr. John Ferrell, “Even though its current application is still limited, I see it ushering in a new era of the combination between the two practices, which is very exciting.”

The specialists at Regenerative Orthopedics and Sports Medicine recognize the value of MACI procedures, especially as they continue to advance the field of regenerative orthopedic medicine. On the other hand, it is important to acknowledge that the MACI procedure is only effective for very specific types of knee injuries. The procedure also requires a very significant recovery period, which means it may not be a viable option for the majority of patients. 

Regenerative Medicine for Osteoarthritis

That being said, ROSM has seen in their experience that micro-fragmented fat or bone marrow concentrate remains the best option for the general population who are suffering from osteoarthritis. Both are minimally invasive techniques that reallocate the body’s own regenerative materials into injury sites. The experts at ROSM use musculoskeletal ultrasound as a guidance tool to achieve extremely accurate results, giving you the best opportunity for injury repair! Once injected, the cells stimulate the healing process, promoting the regrowth of tissues and other essential structures. The extraction and injection procedures are safe, virtually painless, and can be completed in a matter of hours. 

ROSM helps patients avoid unnecessary surgery by offering these minimally invasive and effective regenerative therapies. For knee osteoarthritis, the best available options are Micro-fragmented Adipose (fat) injections or Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC) injections.

Looking for More Information About Regenerative Medicine?

To learn more about adipose injections or bone marrow injections, follow the respective links to read their full-page descriptions, or if you would like to read the full Washington Post article, we have included that link below! If you have any questions for the team at ROSM, please contact us by calling or scheduling an appointment online

Washington Post Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/knee-injury-replacement-cartilage-reg…


Written by Dr. John

Leading the shift in orthopedics and sports medicine - ROSM (Regenerative Orthopedics & Sports Medicine) walks you down the path of healing by providing innovative treatments. Our team is incredible at healing active injured humans. We use cutting-edge technology, new techniques, and an integrative approach to get YOU active again – without surgery.