Dr. Brian Cole: Comprehensive Approach to Cartilage Restoration
...Dr. Brian Cole: Comprehensive Approach to Cartilage Restoration
January 08, 2000 Printer Friendly VersionLinks/ReprintsDr. Brian Cole: Comprehensive Approach to Cartilage Restoration
...Its medical director, Dr. Brian Cole, is one of the few orthopedic surgeons performing autologous chondrocyte implantation procedures at Rush.He is also the primary investigator for a longitudinal study comparing this technique with others.Dr. Cole's
long-standing interest in innovative techniques in cartilage restoration was already apparent early in his
residency training.Prior to entering the residency program at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, he received an MD and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
residency, Dr. Cole
completed a sports medicine fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh
efforts at Rush bring a scientific approach to the evaluation and implementation of new technologies aimed at restoring articular cartilage.
Knee1: How did you first become interested in cartilage restoration?Dr. Cole
: As a resident at the Hospital for Special Surgery, the problem most difficult to manage were patients who were relatively young and active and had knee pain that was due to either problems in the articular cartilage (cartilage that lines the ends of bones), or problems with their meniscus.
: It was about the same then as well.
: When I started at Rush-Presbyterian -St.
: Yes, they get operated on at Rush
: Actually, I was also very skeptical at first, primarily because of the high cost of the procedure.
: If I had to pinpoint the perfect candidate for Carticel, it would be an individual who is relatively young, less than 35-40 years old, with a knee a knee that has a relatively discrete or localized area of articular cartilage loss, with a mid-size to larger lesion and no other pathology in the knee (so normal meniscus and no other kissing or reciprocal lesions on the opposing articular surfaces).
: The majority of insurance plans are now covering it, since the FDA
approved it and the 36-month registry data have become available.