Sports Medicine Specialist
Jason L. Dragoo, MD, Professor and Vice Chair of Academic Affairs for the CU Department of Orthopedics, is an internationally known pioneer in the field of Biologics and Regenerative Medicine, as well as minimally invasive Sports Medicine procedures. He is the Endowed Chair of Regenerative Medicine and has developed many procedures designed to augment the healing of a patient’s own body. He strongly favors the use of autologous procedures (the use of the patient’s own tissue or cells for the procedure) versus allograft procedures (using tissue and cells from another human). Dr. Dragoo believes that joint restoration techniques, which add tissue back to a damaged joint, should be used whenever possible (e.g., cartilage and meniscal transplantation), rather than procedures that are designed to take tissue away (meniscal resection).
Orthobiologics are natural substances such as cells, tissue, blood components, and growth factors that are harnessed to aid in the treatment of orthopedic injuries or conditions.
Cartilage transplantation procedures used to restore damaged cartilage structures. There are two main types of transplantation: cellular transplantation and structural grafting.
Arthroscopic surgery, also known as arthroscopy, is a surgical procedure to visualize, diagnose, and treat problems inside a joint using very small incisions and instruments.
Knee reconstruction consists of the repair or reconstruction of soft-tissue injuries such as ligament, tendon, or meniscus tears. These injuries often require treatment of multiple ligaments and tendons during the same surgical procedure.