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Offline rippler

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Denovo NT Specialists (patellar cartilage damage)
« on: February 17, 2015, 05:48:58 PM »
Hi, I was wondering whether anybody has a link to or would be willing to list a few specialized OSs in this area that have a good reputation? I found the names of a few doctors on this board, which is really great. Thanks to everybody who contributes! 

I have patellar cartilage damage and am looking for doctors, preferably in the Washington, DC area or elsewhere on the East Coast but any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

In any case, I will post my experience here as well.

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Re: Denovo NT Specialists (patellar cartilage damage)
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2015, 05:57:19 PM »
The University of Virginia is not far from DC, and is part of the clinical trial with Zimmer.  You would need to see Diduch or Miller to see if you qualify. 
http://www.medicine.virginia.edu/clinical/departments/orthopaedics/facultycvs/diduchcv-page

I had my trochlea done at UVA on 12/2/14 and am having great results so far.   

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Re: Denovo NT Specialists (patellar cartilage damage)
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2015, 09:32:19 PM »
I had a DeNovo NT done at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore Feb. 2014 to correct a full-thickness articular cartilage tear on a weight-bearing area of my lateral femoral condyle.  Surgeon was Michael Mont.  Six month follow-up MRI showed good fill and, other than some issues with insufficient PT, all signs indicate success so far with the graft itself. 

I was part of a Zimmer-sponsored clinical trial, Sinai Hospital being one of about 17 participating surgical sites across the country (UVA is also one of them).  Inclusion criteria for that clinical trial are a bit strict but if you don't qualify, you might qualify for the second DeNovo NT study going on there.  Otherwise, Dr. Mont does perform DeNovo NT surgeries as part of his surgical practice.

For info on the clinical trial, check out www.clinicaltrials.gov and search DeNovo NT for the current list of studies.  I believe two are actively recruiting including the one I was in.
 
Your insurance might cover the DeNovo, although mine would not.  So if I hadn't gotten into the study, I'd have had to pay for the DeNovo-specific charges out of pocket.  Interesting though that my insurance did cover everything not specific to DeNovo, including the overnight hospitalization, anesthesia, meds, arthroscopy, etc.  So had I not made it into the clinical trial, I would have had to pay out of pocket about $5k for the DeNovo tissue itself and about another $5k for the surgery to implant it. 

I hope this helps -- good luck!

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