Cutting edge, life-saving technology being used and tested right now in Northeast Ohio, could one day revolutionize healthcare worldwide.
Our featured guests today are Pediatric Surgeon, Dr. Lorena Floccari, who directs the Akron Children's Hospital Spine Center, and Dr. George Muschler, who directs the Cleveland Clinic's Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Research Center, Clinical Tissue Engineering Center, and Joint Preservation Center.
As you will hear, Akron Children's Hospital just opened a brand new $3.5 million dollar operating room dedicated to pediatric spine surgeries, that features new low radiation imaging technology that is designed to make surgery safer and more effective. They're also using some new, custom-fabricated spine implants that conform better to individual patients.
With that in mind, I wondered if someday there might be custom implants made entirely out of a patients' own tissue and bone, created through the use of stem cells.
It turns out, the answer is "Yes", and though we're already part of the way there; the road to reaching that end goal is still long, with many fascinating and thought provoking, scientific and ethical twists and turns along the way.
Find out why. Listen now.
Dr. Lorena Floccari, Pediatric Surgeon, Spine Research Center Director, Akron Children's Hospital
Dr. George Muschler, Director, Cleveland Clinic Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Research Center, Clinical Tissue Engineering Center, and Joint Preservation Center