Local Doctor Returns from High-Level Meeting in Washington DC


One local doctor is back from a high-level meeting in Washington DC discussing stem cell treatment.

Dr. Michael Scarpone, head of sports medicine for Trinity Health system, says through the research lab at Franciscan University they are learning better ways to treat mostly orthopedic issues: rotator cuffs, knees, elbows.

They can pull collagen, as-well-as bone marrow from a patient’s own body and injected it back into a trouble spot where damaged cells aren’t regenerating.

“So a lot of people we see generally have had three surgeries and have nowhere else to go or they’ve had an injury, no one can help with surgery or they’re a bad risk for surgery, so we try to put them, help them out with a tissue graph that could potentially help them, and we’ve had some pretty good success so far,” said Dr. Michael Scarpone of Trinity Health System.

Dr. Scarpone says procedures like this have been around since the late 90s, early 2000s, but new research and simpler procedures are making it more accessible.

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