Dr. Joseph Barker First Surgeon in Wake County to Perform Recently Approved Treatment to Regrow Knee Cartilage

Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic Surgeon Now Using MACI Implant to Treat Patients with Cartilage Damage

Raleigh, NC, September 10, 2017 --(PR.com)-- Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic Surgeon, Dr. Joseph Barker, became the first surgeon in Wake County and the first surgeon in the Raleigh metro area to perform the Matrix Associated Chondrocyte Implantation (MACI). MACI is a new procedure that uses a thin patch to hold the patient’s own cartilage cells in place as they grow. It is the first tissue-engineered cartilage scaffold using the patient’s own cells to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Additionally the technology for this new procedure constitutes the first, and only new, cartilage technology to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 1996.

Cartilage damage is a common knee problem that occurs in patients of all ages. It can happen as a result of an injury, like a blow to the knee, or due to wear and tear over time. In either case, it causes knee swelling, stiffness and pain.

“My passion is fixing patient's problems and restoring anatomy. This new procedure allows both of these possibilities,” said Barker. “Having had six previous knee surgeries myself, I understand how frustrating these problems can be. This new technology helps achieve our goal of decreased pain, improved function, and restored quality of life for patients.”

MACI uses the patient’s own healthy cartilage cells to grow new cells, which is similar to older techniques except the procedure is more precise and efficient. First, the surgeon harvests healthy cartilage cells in a simple outpatient procedure. The cells are then transported to a lab, where they are grown for six to eight weeks and placed on a collagen patch or membrane. The patch is then sent to the operating room where the surgeon places the patch dirctly to the patient’s damaged knee to begin repair.

The collagen membrane used in MACI is manufactured by Vericel Corporation, headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

“I am very excited to be able to offer this advanced technology to patients right here in North Carolina,” Barker said. “Unlike traditional, older cartilage-cell transplant techniques, MACI can be done through smaller incisions with decreased operative time. While this is new to the United States, the procedure has been preformed successfully for nearly 10 years in Europe.”

To learn more about knee problems, symptoms and treatment options, visit www.raleighortho.com or www.josephbarkermd.com or to schedule an appointment, please call: (919) 863-6808.

About Dr. Joseph Barker:
Dr. Joseph Barker is a fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon in Sports Medicine and is a team physician for the Carolina Hurricanes, NC State University, and Broughton High School. His areas of expertise include sports medicine, shoulder, hip and knee arthroscopy, and cartilage restoration.

Dr. Barker attended Duke University School of Medicine for his medical degree, and completed his surgical internship and his orthopaedic residency at Cornell University/Hospital for Special Surgery in New York ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the #1 orthopaedic hospital in the nation. He then was selected for a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the prestigious Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, where he was an assistant team physician for DePaul University, Chicago Steel Hockey, the Chicago White Sox, and the Chicago Bulls.

Dr. Barker has authored more than 20 book chapters and scientific articles on hip, knee, and shoulder injuries. He is on the editorial board for the Journal of Knee Surgery and is a member of the International Cartilage Repair Society.

About Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic (ROC)
Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic (ROC) is Wake County’s largest and oldest orthopaedic practice. Our surgeons have over 200 years of combined experience, and are fellowship trained in their respective subspecialty areas which include: foot and ankle, hand and wrist, spine, hip, shoulder and elbow surgery, total joint replacement, sports medicine, and pediatric orthopaedic care. ROC offer comprehensive musculoskeletal care including operative and non-operative care, diagnostic imaging and rehabilitative therapy with 5 convenient locations in the Triangle. ROC is proud to be the official Sports Medicine Provider of the Carolina Hurricanes Professional Hockey Team and North Carolina State University.
One team. One practice. Complete care.

For more information, visit www.raleighortho.com.
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Ashley Warren