Updated: Sep 16, 2019
It's an exciting time to be involved on the cutting edge of orthopedic care. Invasive orthopedic surgeries have proven to be a double edged sword. With surprisingly low level evidence supporting the majority of surgeries, the number of orthopedic spine and joint cases has still sky-rocketed over the last decade. The standard of orthopedic care became steroid injections, medications, and eventually surgery - and then another surgery, and another... Unfortunately, all these treatments have proven to be more harmful than helpful in many cases. Many patients continue to suffer, leaving everyone searching for answers.
Luckily, the field of Regenerative Medicine is emerging. For orthopedic care, this means using cells from your own body to help increase your ability to heal. This is done through the use of cells found in your own blood, bone marrow and fat. The products used are termed orthobiologics. Physicians who are trained properly can inject these biologics under live guidance with ultrasound and fluoroscopy x-ray. This allows for precise injections into damaged areas to help preserve your body, and increase healing - instead of invasive surgical cutting, joint replacements and spinal fusions.
Dr. Flanagan has taken the time to be trained by worldwide leaders in this field, and is now offering state of the art orthobiologic treatments. He has chosen the treatments he offers based on the available research, and remains up to date as new studies are published every month to help guide these treatments. He is excited to transition into a teaching role as well, and will help lead courses here in Fort Myers at Gulf Coast Biologics when the new teaching facility is launched for 2020.