Dr. Joseph Berman’s 34-year medical practice experience in Arlington has opened up new opportunities for his patients. He and his staff of nurses and therapists are all members of The International Cartilage Repair Society. His office and Arlington Orthopedic Associates have been designated an international teaching facility by the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee and Orthopedic Surgery. As one of only a few designated centers of excellence in joint restoration in the US, the Joint Preservation Center, of which Dr. Berman is the founder and medical director, now has the opportunity to offer patients new research and techniques in joint maintenance and repair. Three new projects unique to Dr. Berman are available.
Dr. Berman will be one of only 10 centers in the USA to offer an artificial meniscus, the “C-shaped” shock absorber in the knee, for patients who’ve lost their medial meniscus. The device, easily implantable as an outpatient procedure, can save years of wear on joint and decrease or significantly postpone the need for future surgery. Currently the device, called NuSurface, is being implanted in Europe and Israel. Dr. Berman is one of a few surgeons introducing this exciting alternative to partial knee replacement to the US market.
Another interesting alternative to joint injury that Dr. Berman will be introducing is the option of stem cells placed into a hyaluronic matrix and then placed into articular cartilage defects. New research and one of only 10 centers in the USA to support this opportunity originally developed in Italy, this option should be available to his patients in August or September of this year. This will provide a one stage procedure done as an outpatient to solve isolated joint injury and defects. This is a promising new technology which looks to grow articular cartilage, a problem that has perplexed surgeons since the days of Hypocrites.
Lastly, there is genuine excitement about a very new option for patients with osteoarthritis. Cryopreserved Human Amniotic Suspension Allograft has shown anti-inflammatory characteristics and may have the potential to help grow or stabilize articular cartilage through increase in natural growth factors. There is some early evidence that this injection may decrease progression of the arthritic disease. A single injection into your knee done in the office, can offer relief from painful arthritis for as much as a year. That is twice the usual amount of time that many of the viscosupplements (rooster comb) or other preparations can boast. It can be repeated yearly if indicated.
Medicine is rapidly advancing. Many innovative techniques in arthroscopy and joint restoration did not exist when he started his practice. As new procedures become available, Dr.Berman is on the forefront of evaluating these options for his patients. He has created an informative website, JosephBermanMD.com, which informs patients about pathology, injury, and treatment of knee and shoulder problems. “The more the patient understands, the more realistic the expectations and the better the results,” he said. “The future of medicine in the USA will be dependent upon allowing many new and perhaps revolutionary techniques to become part of routine medical decisions.”
Dr. Joseph Berman provides:
- Articular Cartilage Restoration
- Patella Femoral problems
- Knee UniCondylar Hemi-arthroplasty
- Partial knee replacement
- Shoulder arthroscopic rotator cuff repair
- Shoulder arthroscopic stabilization
Joseph M. Berman, MD
800 Orthopedic Way
Arlington, Texas 76015