Dr. Tomasz Piontek from Rehasport Clinic had spent four busy days in South Korea. – Collagen membranes in the orthopedic market are a novelty in this country . We, however, have already managed to evaluate their use. I had been invited to talk about our method – says Dr. Piontek.
A team of orthopedic surgeons from Poznań, together with Dr. Thomas Piontek, already three years ago had published an article in a monthly magazine published by the European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy. It describes the arthroscopic technique for treating the articular cartilage by use of the AMIC method. In short – it is a reconstruction of the articular cartilage by use of scaffolds and the stimulation of bone marrow stem cells.
Orthopedic surgeons from Poznań have been able to describe the arthroscopic technique for treating this method. – The fact that we can operate large articular surfaces arthroscopically, has given us a chance to combine these treatments with many others, for example with ligaments or meniscuses. The world is becoming more and more interested in this technique, and doctors from South Korea are very highly evaluated in the area of regenerative orthopedics and use of many stem cells. There are many types of collagen membranes, some being slightly better than others. In Korea, this product is just launching the market. Therefore, I had been invited to come and share our technique. In addition, I had been invited to a unique congress, by Professor Kim, during which we had debated upon the AMIC method. I also had the opportunity to meet some doctors in a few local hospitals and share our medical knowledge – says Tomasz Piontek.
The agenda of Dr. Thomas Piontek in Seoul was extremely tight. – I had a few meetings from morning till afternoon within each of the four days of my stay. Koreans are accustomed to such a lifestyle, and above all – to such a working style. They are acknowledged for very high levels of learning. Moreover, regenerative medicine is placed on an advanced level there. They also present a different legal structure and religion . We in Europe are very conservative, and due to our ethics we are rather against such cell type culture . They, however, are not and transplant them between people – admits Dr. Piontek, who had been completely surprised by a very solemn welcoming in Seoul. Even a large banner with Dr. Piontek’s name had been hung up on the street where he had had his lectures.