Cameron Clokie is directly responsible for Peter Russel having a complete jawbone despite the fact he lost seven centimeters due to a benign tumor. This is possible because of a revolutionary new treatment that has completely changed restorative surgery.
So far eight people in Canada have been helped by this surgery. Adult stem cells can become bone tissue with the use of a specific protein. Cameron Clokie heads the University of Toronto’s oral and maxillofacial surgery and discovered this technique that allows bones to grow just as they do in a baby. Learn more about Cameron Clokie: https://www.yellowpages.ca/bus/Ontario/Toronto/Dr-Cameron-Clokie/390278.html
The procedure has been performed at Mount Sinai Hospital and Toronto General Hospital and is a gigantic milestone in tissue regeneration. In the past reconstructing a body part was painful and involved taking muscle, fat and bone from other areas of the body.
Another of Dr. Cameron Clokie’s cases involved Ms. McFarlane who also lost part of her jaw due to a benign tumor. Her face became distorted but because her tumor involved a joint she was unable to be considered for the revolutionary surgery. Her jaw tissue was replaced in a standard surgery and she has 12 centimeters of bone removed from her shin.
When Dr. Clokie compared the two cases Ms. McFarlane had an operation lasting 19 hours and was in the hospital for two weeks. She requires a second operation where she will have bone removed from her hip. Mr. Russel’s operation lasted four hours and he was left with a vague scar. He was hospitalized for two nights and was skiing in Colorado two weeks after his surgery.
Dr. Clokie performs the reconstruction with a growth protein modeled into the shape of the jaw section in need of replacement. The procedure is supported with a titanium rod. As the blood vessels begin to grow the gel dissolves and the growth of the jawbone fills in any gap.
The biggest problem with the procedure is the expense. The required protein comes at a cost of over $6,000 and Medicare will not cover this cost. The protein is called bone morphogenetic protein and will be vital for more breakthroughs in this field.
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