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C. Thomas Vangsness, Jr., M.D.

ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEON

Summary of Recent Publication “Parylene Scaffold for Cartilage Lesion”

Recent research performed by Carlos Eduardo da Silveira Franciozi, Dr. Vangsness, and colleagues identifies a potential new way of treating cartilage injuries. This study, published in April 2017 by the bimonthly scientific journal Biomedical Microdevices, presents their findings. Background Injury to joint cartilage can result in pain, disability, joint degeneration, and arthritis. Current surgical treatments […]

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Summary of Recent Publication “The Placenta: Applications in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine”

Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. C. Thomas Vangsness, Jr., places a high priority on identifying new and better methods of treatment in his field. Recently, Dr. Vangsness and colleagues published an article in American Journal of Sports Medicine in which they investigated the therapeutic potential for the use of placental tissue in orthopaedic sports medicine. Background Interest […]

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What Is a Meniscus Tear?

The meniscus is comprised of two wedges of cartilage (the medial and lateral meniscus), and it cushions the knee joint where the leg bones meet. Your meniscus acts as a shock absorber, allowing the knee to move smoothly. Damage to the meniscus is commonly seen in athletes with twisting injuries. A tear in the meniscus […]

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Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelet-Rich Plasma is a product that is believed to have very strong anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown that PRP is most effective at treating tendonitis, including Achilles tendonitis, lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), and medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow). PRP has also seen some scientific success treating knee arthritis. There are several commercial devices that create different PRP mixtures, but the basic […]

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