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