Alan M. Hirahara, MD, FRCSC
Orthopaedic SurgeonSpecialist in Sports Medicine

OrthoBiologics

The FDA defines Biologics as, "A medicinal product such as a vaccine, blood or blood component, allergenic, somatic cell, gene therapy, tissue, recombinant therapeutic protein, or living cells that are used as a therapeutic to treat diseases."  They are created by a biologic process, not chemically synthesized.  They can be isolated from a variety of natural sources: human, animal, or microorganism.

Medicine has successfully treated many disease processes, but the body's own limitations (i.e. decreased blood supply of certain tissues, degenerative or aging tissues, slow cell turnover, limited regenerative capacity, etc.) have now become the next barrier that we need to overcome to improve our outcomes from surgical and non-surgical treatments.  By utilizing our knowledge of how the body heals and our ability to harness those factors (i.e. platelet-rich plasma, stem cells, etc.), we may be able to improve our chances to heal these pathological processes.

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