September 3 2004 - CARTILAGE REPLACEMENT AVAILABLE AT MOTHER FRANCES HOSPITAL

Press Release - September 3, 2004
CARTILAGE REPLACEMENT AVAILABLE AT MOTHER FRANCES HOSPITAL

 
For Immediate Release

September 3, 2004

Contact:
John Moore
Media Relations
(903) 531-4542

CARTILAGE REPLACEMENT – NEW TECHNOLOGY AND HOPE


TYLER, TX – Each year, more than two million Americans injure the cartilage in their knees. In the past, patients who suffer from knee cartilage damage had few options. Surgery or suffer. Most underwent surgery to clean up the inside of their knee. Now, Carticelâ, a cartilage replacement for articular cartilage defects in knees and ankles can be a successful alternative to other surgeries, enabling patients to return to their pre-injury level of activity.

According to Doug Vermillion, MD, Trinity Clinic orthopaedist, the technique produces hyaline type cartilage to replace large cartilage defects. To prepare for the procedure, a small biopsy of articular cartilage is removed from the patient. This is cultured and after five weeks, the cultured cells can be implanted.

Dr. Vermillion reports that the seven-year results on large lesions show that 92 percent of patients have a good or excellent result and 80 percent returned to the same level of activity.

Studies show that earlier intervention leads to a higher success rate. Results are best when the cartilage replacement is implanted within twelve months of injury.

“We have performed cartilage replacement surgeries for several years at Trinity Mother Frances Health System with similar results,” says Dr. Vermillion. “The ideal patient for this procedure is healthy, active, with pain at the site of the lesion. The results of this technically complex surgery are worth the effort.”

For more information on Trinity Clinic Orthopedic Services, visit www.tmfhs.org or call TeleCare Plus at 903-531-5678 or 800-535-9799. Trinity Mother Frances Health System is comprised of Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler, Mother Frances Hospital-Jacksonville, and Trinity Clinic. Trinity Clinic is one of the largest multi-specialty physician groups in east Texas, with over 150 physicians representing 25 specialties.


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