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Who are we?
Restore Orthobiologics (ROB) started in Columbus, Ohio in 2016. The ROB co-founders with a noted perfusionist created the company to bring together the three disciplines of regenerative medicine, orthopaedics, pain medicine and blood profusion under one roof. Mr. Tom Hankins was the first individual to introduce biologic procedures to Columbus in 2001. From there, he taught and refined blood and bone marrow procedures over the next 17 years. Dr. Stephen Voto met up with Mr. Hankins in 2008. They began performing orthobiologic procedures together the next year. As the industry has grown, pain management physicians have become an important part of programs. To complete the business plan, he sought out one of the most experienced pain management physicians in Columbus, Dr. Gladstone McDowell. Together they formed ROB in 2016. The goal of the business was not to become another stem cell center. It was important to develop a more progressive approach to the emerging area of biologics. The mission of the company was to promote a safer and more academic use of blood and bone marrow products, adherent to strict regulations and principals. Equally important, was to explore safer environments to perform the procedures in the most cost-effective manner. The final goal is to drastically lower the high cost of the procedures, so more patients can have access to the emerging ortho-biological technologies.
 
 

Joint Preservation

Joint preservation techniques have been around since 1959. Orthopedists were first to use this in the treatment of arthritis. This application was first recognized in the field of regenerative medicine and has recently grown into the new specialty field of Orthobiologics.

Articular Cartilage is the tissue that covers the surfaces of our joints and is lubricated by joint fluid. It starts out smooth and shiny and allows our joints to function smoothly and glide with little friction. When articular cartilage is damaged it does not heal by itself. It does not have a blood supply to deliver stem cells and proteins for repair. Surgeons must rely on techniques to stimulate the reparative process of cartilage. Central to the reparative process is the introduction of stem cells, proteins, and platelets placed directly into a joint or disc space. Equally important,  in most circumstances is the treatment of damaged or structural abnormalities in the joint or around the disc space. By combining the principles of orthopaedics and interventional pain management, we can do more for the preservation of joints and disc spaces than ever imagined.

How long does it take BMC/PRP to work?


Healing response is broken up into 2 phases. The first phase lasts 4-6 weeks. Most patients have a early, positive relief of pain, primarily from the surgery. The second phase is between 3-6 months where patients get a stronger relief of the arthritic pain from the BMC/PRP.




Where is the procedure performed?


Patients have 3 options where the procedure is performed. Office, ambulatory surgical center (ASC) and traditional hospital operating room (OR). We will advise you on the location where the procedure should be done based on the degree of arthritis you have and medical safety factors that must be considered.




What happens during the procedure?


First, we withdraw blood from your arm for the processing of platelet rich plasma (PRP). That is processed first in the concentrator. The second part is the harvesting of the bone marrow. If you are awake, we place local anesthetic in your skin where we take the bone marrow, so you don’t feel the procedure. If you have it done at the time of your surgical procedure, you will not feel it since you are asleep. There are many locations where we can take the marrow from. All bones contain marrow on the inside. We then wash and sterilize the harvest area to prevent infection and drape it off to protect the spot where we remove the specimen. Next, we use a biopsy needle to safely remove the bone marrow. We transfer the marrow to the concentrator for the next procedure. The final amount of PRP/BMC depends on the concentrating system used.




Where are stem cells found in the body?


There are 3 main locations where they are found in the body, bone marrow, adipose (fat) and peripheral blood. They are also contained in cord blood, developing tooth bud of the 3rd molar and amniotic fluid (and membrane). Restore Orthobiologics only uses patient derived stem cells from their own bone marrow.




What is cartilage/joint restoration?


Articular Cartilage is a tissue that covers the surfaces of our joints and is lubricated by joint fluid. It starts out smooth and shiny and allows our joints to function smoothly and glide with little friction. When articular cartilage is damaged it does not heal by itself. It does not have a blood supply to deliver stem cells for repair. Surgeons must use techniques to stimulate the repair and growth of new cartilage. Central to the reparative process is the introduction of stem cells which cannot self migrate into a joint. Surgical techniques to repair damaged cartilage are expanding in the field of orthopedics called Orthobiologics. This emerging field is actually not totally new to orthopaedics. It has evolved since 1959 when the first microfracture techniques were reported. Since then many different procedures for cartilage restoration have been developed.





How long does it take BMC/PRP to work?


Healing response is broken up into 2 phases. The first phase lasts 4-6 weeks. Most patients have a early, positive relief of pain, primarily from the surgery. The second phase is between 3-6 months where patients get a stronger relief of the arthritic pain from the BMC/PRP.




Where is the procedure performed?


Patients have 3 options where the procedure is performed. Office, ambulatory surgical center (ASC) and traditional hospital operating room (OR). We will advise you on the location where the procedure should be done based on the degree of arthritis you have and medical safety factors that must be considered.




What happens during the procedure?


First, we withdraw blood from your arm for the processing of platelet rich plasma (PRP). That is processed first in the concentrator. The second part is the harvesting of the bone marrow. If you are awake, we place local anesthetic in your skin where we take the bone marrow, so you don’t feel the procedure. If you have it done at the time of your surgical procedure, you will not feel it since you are asleep. There are many locations where we can take the marrow from. All bones contain marrow on the inside. We then wash and sterilize the harvest area to prevent infection and drape it off to protect the spot where we remove the specimen. Next, we use a biopsy needle to safely remove the bone marrow. We transfer the marrow to the concentrator for the next procedure. The final amount of PRP/BMC depends on the concentrating system used.




Where are stem cells found in the body?


There are 3 main locations where they are found in the body, bone marrow, adipose (fat) and peripheral blood. They are also contained in cord blood, developing tooth bud of the 3rd molar and amniotic fluid (and membrane). Restore Orthobiologics only uses patient derived stem cells from their own bone marrow.




What is cartilage/joint restoration?


Articular Cartilage is a tissue that covers the surfaces of our joints and is lubricated by joint fluid. It starts out smooth and shiny and allows our joints to function smoothly and glide with little friction. When articular cartilage is damaged it does not heal by itself. It does not have a blood supply to deliver stem cells for repair. Surgeons must use techniques to stimulate the repair and growth of new cartilage. Central to the reparative process is the introduction of stem cells which cannot self migrate into a joint. Surgical techniques to repair damaged cartilage are expanding in the field of orthopedics called Orthobiologics. This emerging field is actually not totally new to orthopaedics. It has evolved since 1959 when the first microfracture techniques were reported. Since then many different procedures for cartilage restoration have been developed.





 

Joint Restoration

The newest emerging field of Orthobiologics is joint restoration. It allows the orthopedist a chance to reconstruct the defects in a joint with biological material. New techniques allow the patient to grow their own cartilage in the damaged area. There are many different options available depending on the size of the defect that needs replaced. The goal is to preserve the joint surface as long as possible to prevent joint replacement. Again, central to the success of this is use of the patient’s own stem cells and blood products.

How long does it take BMC/PRP to work?


Healing response is broken up into 2 phases. The first phase lasts 4-6 weeks. Most patients have a early, positive relief of pain, primarily from the surgery. The second phase is between 3-6 months where patients get a stronger relief of the arthritic pain from the BMC/PRP.




Where is the procedure performed?


Patients have 3 options where the procedure is performed. Office, ambulatory surgical center (ASC) and traditional hospital operating room (OR). We will advise you on the location where the procedure should be done based on the degree of arthritis you have and medical safety factors that must be considered.




What happens during the procedure?


First, we withdraw blood from your arm for the processing of platelet rich plasma (PRP). That is processed first in the concentrator. The second part is the harvesting of the bone marrow. If you are awake, we place local anesthetic in your skin where we take the bone marrow, so you don’t feel the procedure. If you have it done at the time of your surgical procedure, you will not feel it since you are asleep. There are many locations where we can take the marrow from. All bones contain marrow on the inside. We then wash and sterilize the harvest area to prevent infection and drape it off to protect the spot where we remove the specimen. Next, we use a biopsy needle to safely remove the bone marrow. We transfer the marrow to the concentrator for the next procedure. The final amount of PRP/BMC depends on the concentrating system used.




Where are stem cells found in the body?


There are 3 main locations where they are found in the body, bone marrow, adipose (fat) and peripheral blood. They are also contained in cord blood, developing tooth bud of the 3rd molar and amniotic fluid (and membrane). Restore Orthobiologics only uses patient derived stem cells from their own bone marrow.




What is cartilage/joint restoration?


Articular Cartilage is a tissue that covers the surfaces of our joints and is lubricated by joint fluid. It starts out smooth and shiny and allows our joints to function smoothly and glide with little friction. When articular cartilage is damaged it does not heal by itself. It does not have a blood supply to deliver stem cells for repair. Surgeons must use techniques to stimulate the repair and growth of new cartilage. Central to the reparative process is the introduction of stem cells which cannot self migrate into a joint. Surgical techniques to repair damaged cartilage are expanding in the field of orthopedics called Orthobiologics. This emerging field is actually not totally new to orthopaedics. It has evolved since 1959 when the first microfracture techniques were reported. Since then many different procedures for cartilage restoration have been developed.





Regenerative Practice
We are a program that provides treatment of orthopaedic conditions that involve the use of bone marrow and blood platelet products.
Modern Technology
We pledge to deliver the newest technologies and therapies to restore and preserve your function, to allow you the highest quality of life.
Secure Environment
All procedures are performed in the safest and most sterile environment available.

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