• Science Saturday: Patient consults and finding the best treatment option for each individual

Is regenerative medicine in your future or would standard procedures be the best remedy for diseases like arthritis? Mayo Clinic’s Regenerative Medicine Consult Service helped two men with a similar disease choose two vastly different paths to healing based on their individual conditions and lifestyles.

79-year old Joe Rosinski, a retired Ford motor company engineer, came to Mayo Clinic’s Jacksonville, Florida campus seeking relief for osteoarthritis in the knee. Active in weight lifting and team sports well into his 60’s, Rosinski was sidelined by extreme pain. He could no longer whisk his bride of 50 years across the dance floor, a favorite hobby.

“I had bone-on-bone in both knees. Pain from arthritis was really rough for quite a few years. I was putting off and putting off treatment for quite a few years. It had come to a point that I had slowed down to minimal activities,” says Rosinski.

68-year old John Simpson, a retired grape farmer from California had a similar ailment. He enjoyed helping his daughter on her own Texas ranch but had trouble keeping up with the work and his grandchildren.  Arthritis, he says, had gotten so bad that he could barely walk.

“I travel at the airport a lot, and it was to the point that I couldn't hardly walk from one gate to another if it was more than six or eight Gates away. My knees were worn out on the insides,” says Simpson.

Simpson, a survivor of both colon and prostate cancer, had built a strong relationship with medical providers at Mayo Clinic’s Arizona campus, where he had his cancer treated. When he heard about new regenerative procedures that might heal without surgery, he returned to Mayo Clinic again – this time to Mayo Clinic’s Regenerative Medicine Therapeutics Suites in Florida. Those procedures are also known as orthobiologics – substances found in the patient’s own body that musculoskeletal specialists sometime use to assist with healing.

Read the rest of the article on the Center for Regenerative Medicine blog.

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