THE LATEST NEWS: MARCH 2017
WELCOME TO THE BOARD DR. WEINSTEIN
We are delighted to announce that Dr. Phil Weinstein, renowned neurosurgeon, has joined the NMRF Board of Directors. Professor Emeritus of the Department of Neurological Surgery at UCSF, he is a leader in the field of diagnosis and management of cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine conditions and diseases. Weinstein completed his internship and residency at UCSF, He was a neurosurgeon at Loma Linda University Medcial Center and the University of Arizona before returning to UCSF in 1992.
Of special importance to the Foundation is Dr. Weinstein’s significant research into the molecular biology and magnetic resonance imaging characteristics of unique processes that may help to attain functional restoration of blood flow and nerve activity following brain and spine injuries. Board certified in neurological surgery, Dr. Weinstein has contributed approximately 200 articles to peer-reviewed journals and authored over 60 book chapters during his career.
Regenerative Medicine for Muscle and Ligament Problems: Technical aspects and evidence
By Sean Colio MD, Matthew McAuliffe MD, Yvette Uribe BA, and Marko Bodor MD
Interest in regenerative medicine for treating musculoskeletal pathology has grown tremendously over the past decade. Part of its appeal lies in the ability to use a patient’s own cells to potentially heal acute and chronic injuries. While evidence grows supporting its use in certain injuries, a perception exists that regenerative medicine may be a panacea. In this article, we review the evidence for platelet-rich plasma and bone marrow aspirate concentrate in treating muscle, ligament, and fibrocartilage injuries. We also offer our own practice experiences and technical considerations in the uses of these techniques.
Reaching the Next Level in “Minimally Invasive”
While we really cannot pinpoint its origins, we do understand the field of minimally invasive medicine is ancient. For centuries, it has been the aim of doctors and medical practitioners to minimize any physical damage to the body while trying to diagnose and treat the condition, injury or disease.
What began as bringing light into a body cavity for improved viewing and inspection is now a tiny camera that can navigate with incredible dexterity through tiny passages deep within our organs. Where once a 7 inch incision yielded a lifelong, recognizable line of scar tissue on one’s skin, there are barely discernible, centimeter-long marks revealing nothing of the surgery that transpired beneath.
Originally from the Greek lapara and skopein – to see or examine the soft parts of the body between the ribs and hips, laparoscopy remains at the core of minimally invasive surgery – small incisions, small tubes, tiny cameras, miniature surgical instruments. Over the decades, its application has expanded to cover orthopedics, cardiology, organ transplants, neurosurgery, robot-assisted surgery, and more. As technology helps us to advance towards less and less impact with greater results, we can begin to imagine the next generation of minimally invasive surgeries and techniques.
The Napa Medical Research Foundation considers the ultrasound machine to be at the core of this “next generation” and is supporting the important work of Dr. Marko Bodor in hopes of proving its effectiveness. Unlike the arthroscopic or endoscopic procedures that require the camera be inserted into the body, the ultrasound machine remains on the outside of the body. It’s ability to see within the human body does not require an incision, allowing it to be completely non-invasive while still producing the necessary internal images.
“Multimodality Imaging Guidance in Interventional Medicine”
Edited by Samer Narouze
Dr.Bodor and his colleagues have contributed two important chapters to this vital publication just released by Oxford Press. Through publications of their research findings, they are contributing to the acceptance and proven effectiveness of ultrasound.
Chapter 42 – Ankle and Foot Injections: Ultrasound
Chapter 45 – Hand and Wrist Injections: Ultrasound
Both chapters below are available as a downloadable PDF through March 2018 on our website at www.NapaMedicalResearch.org or contact Yvette Uribe for more information, (707)
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All the research conducted through the Napa Medical Research Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is fully funded through generous donations received from individuals and family foundations.