Dr. Bicos did an exclusive interview with Channel 4 news on how to think like an olympian.

See the interview Interview on How to Think Like an Olympian — Channel 4 news

Dr. Bicos is a fellowship trained sports medicine orthopedic surgeon with William Beaumont Hospital. He is the Associate Program Director of the Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program and is an Assistant Professor of Orthopedics at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. He specializes in knee and shoulder injuries. He is a cartilage restoration expert in the knee and performs all shoulder related surgeries (including surgeries for dislocations, rotator cuff tears, labral tears, and shoulder replacements).

Drs. Guettler and Bicos part of national study on Cartilage Restoration!

Drs. Guettler and Bicos are part of a national study looking at Cartilage Restoration.

The goal is to use patients’ own cells to repair cartilage defects in the knee.

Here is the article as taken from www.clickondetroit.com

The story can be found here.

Drs Bicos and Guettler are involved in a national study on Cartilage restoration where they can use someone’s own cartilage cells to try restore a cartilage defect. See the story below.

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Dr Bicos on “Live in the D”

http://mediacenter.tveyes.com/downloadgateway.aspx?UserID=294964&MDID=4107316&MDSeed=8451&Type=Media

Beaumont seeks participants for a research study of a cartilage tissue implant for knee injuries

Beaumont Health System is participating in a research study evaluating an investigational treatment called NeoCart®, a tissue implant made from a patient’s own cells, aimed at repairing certain knee cartilage injuries.

(Original article here)

A total of 245 patients will participate in the research of the surgical implant procedure in up to 40 sites across the United States. Approximately 20 patients at Beaumont will participate.

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Beaumont orthopedic surgeon
Dr. Joe Guettler, principal
investigator of the study.

Orthopedic surgeons Joseph Guettler, M.D. and James Bicos, M.D. will be leading the study at Beaumont.

The research study will look at damage to the knee’s hyaline articular cartilage, the smooth, white tissue that covers the ends of bones where they come together to form joints. Damage to this cartilage may be caused by an injury or repetitive motion. It is a common problem that results in pain and symptoms, such as swelling, locking of the knee and loss of knee function. Damaged hyaline cartilage has limited capacity to repair or restore itself. Left untreated, the damage may progressively worsen and may lead to chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis.

To perform the procedure, the surgeon first obtains a sample of healthy cartilage from the patient’s knee. The small sample is treated and placed under special conditions in the laboratory that allow for cell growth. These cells are used to form a hyaline-like cartilage tissue implant that is in the shape of a small disc. The implant is then returned to the surgeon for surgical implantation into the patient’s injury site in the knee.

“The current standard of care for knee cartilage injuries is a cartilage-repair surgical technique called microfracture which works by creating tiny fractures in the underlying bone. This procedure is thought to create new cartilage-building cells from a so-called super-clot,” explains Dr. Guettler, principal investigator of the study.

“The purpose of the study is to evaluate the effectiveness of the tissue implant compared with microfracture. We will evaluate the pain and knee function in both treatment groups,” says Dr. Bicos, the study’s co-investigator.

“The possibility of implementing a preventive treatment aimed at undermining the inevitable consequences of degenerative arthritis could be a very significant advancement,” says Dr. Guettler.

Criteria
Patients 18 to 55 years old who have symptoms of knee pain in one knee may be candidates for this study. However, those who have previously failed other treatments or smoke more than one pack of cigarettes per week may not be eligible.

Patients accepted into the study will have a random chance of being treated with the implant versus microfracture. Neither the patient nor the physician may choose the treatment. Patients in each group will have a specific rehabilitation plan and will be evaluated periodically for three years after treatment.

The study sponsor is Histogenics Corp. For more information, visit www.clinicaltrials.gov keyword “NeoCart Phase III” or contact Beaumont Research Nurse Clinician, Lisa Stellon at 248-551-6679 or at lisa.stellon@beaumont.edu.

About Beaumont Orthpedic Services
Beaumont Health System provides a full range of specialized care in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of all orthopedic injuries and conditions. Beaumont’s department of Orthopedic Surgery offers leading-edge treatments and technology including minimally invasive surgery, implants and trauma surgery. Beaumont is Michigan’s most experienced orthopedic hospital specializing in surgeries of the back, neck, foot, ankle, hand and upper extremities; hip and knee replacement; scoliosis treatment; tumor surgery; pediatric orthopedics; and sports medicine. Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak is Michigan’s top-ranked hospital for orthopedic care by U.S. News & World Report. Find out more at http://orthopedics.beaumont.edu/.