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Dr. Alexander Helps National Ski Instructor after 35 Years of Pain

Larry is a 73 year old national ski instructor who had debilitating pain in his knees for 35 years until he met Dr. Daniel Alexander. He was unable to walk without pain, much less ski, but after Dr. Alexander performed two knee replacement surgeries Larry says: “My peers said that’s the best they’ve ever seen me ski…I ski all day, walk fine. I’ll be here as long as I possibly can ski, which will hopefully be until my 80s.” Watch the video here!

Thank you to Dr. Alexander and all the talented doctors from Rochester Regional Health who continue to improve the lives of those in our community!

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Dr. Christopher Brown’s success with MACI Procedure, Patient Testimonial

“Life without pain in my knees was something I never thought would happen, but now I’m starting to see that with Dr. Brown’s help, that can be a possibility.” – patient Courtney Johnson.
Thanks to a diagnosis and surgery from Dr. Christopher Brown, Courtney Johnson was able to move without pain again after years of not knowing the cause. After concluding her condition was a result of cartilage delamination syndrome, a disorder that normally causes the breakdown of cartilage in older patients, Dr. Brown recommended the MACI procedure, which uses the patient’s own cartilage cells to repair the damage.
In August 2017, Dr. Christopher Brown became the first surgeon in Upstate New York to implement this new knee cartilage treatment. The procedure, conducted at Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, allows the patient to be part of their own pain solution by using their own healthy cells to help repair damaged ones.
For the first time in her life, Courtney was able to envision a pain free future thanks to Dr. Brown, stating, ” Before I met Dr. Brown, I didn’t have much hope that I would be able to do anything active without pain in my knees. Once I met him and got a diagnosis, he gave me reassurance that I’d be able to have a normal life.”


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2018 Health Care Achievement Award Goes to Dr. Christopher Brown

2018 Health Care Achievement Award Goes to Dr. Brown

We congratulate Dr. Christopher Brown on his 2018 Health Care Achievement Award! Dr. Brown is the medical director of Rochester Regional Health Sports Medicine and currently practices sports medicine at Rochester Regional Health, Finger Lakes Bone and Joint Center. The Rochester Business Journal created this achievement award program, ” to recognize excellence, promote innovation and honor the efforts of organizations and individuals making a significant impact on the quality of health care in our area.”

Dr. Brown was awarded this honor in the category of Healthcare Innovation, which recognizes medical care providers responsible for developments of new procedures, devices, or treatments that can save lives or improve the quality of life for a large number of people.

MACI®: The Game-Changing Alternative

In August 2017, Dr. Christopher Brown became the first surgeon in Upstate New York to implement a new knee cartilage treatment that uses the patient’s own cartilage cells to repair the damage.  Surgery was conducted at Newark-Wayne Community Hospital.

This procedure allows the patient to be part of their own pain solution by using their own healthy cells to help repair damaged ones. This could help dozens of people who live in constant pain because of bone-on-bone friction, due to the loss of cushion that cartilage provides.

The MACI procedure is used to treat defects in the cartilage that cover the surface of the joints, so that movement is smooth and pain-free. 

Innovation on the Operating Table

Besides his MACI procedures, Dr. Brown is recognized as an innovative surgeon who is always willing to adapt and learn new cutting-edge techniques that benefit his patients. He has employed several advanced procedures for shoulder and knee repair including: superior capsule reconstruction (a special procedure for irreparable rotator cuff tears where he uses a graft to replace the rotator cuff); allograft osteochondral transplant (for which he procures a size-matched cadaverous donor and then transplants a fresh graft within 21 days); and autograft osteochondral transplant (uses small plugs of bone and cartilage from patient’s knee and moves it to the problem area).

Finger Lakes Bone and Joint Center is proud to have an innovative physician like Dr. Brown serving our community and region! Congratulations again Dr. Brown, for winning the 2018 Health Care Achievement Award!

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Dr. Alexander and Dr. Cywinski raise money for youth centers during a 2,500 mile bike trip

Dr. Daniel Alexander and Dr. David Cywinski, childhood friends and partners at the Finger Lakes Bone and Joint Center, set out to bicycle the perimeter of the United States, raising money to build a new community center in their old neighborhood of Babcock, a suburb of Buffalo.

Their first trip was cut short in 1986 in Seguin, Texas, outside of San Antonio, when Cywinski and Tony Glosek were hit from behind by a driver who dozed off behind the wheel of a pickup truck hauling a horse trailer. Cywinski broke one leg; Glosek broke two and his jaw.

A quarter of a century later, the trio returned to Seguin, Texas, where the accident happened and resumed the ride. They covered 2,500 miles from Seguin, Texas to Buffalo in 25 days.

“We wanted to finish what we started,” said Alexander. “And that was raising money to build a youth center.”

“Dave, Tony and I grew up extremely poor, and the Boys Club, the Babcock Boys Club, at the time, was a home away from home. It was a safe haven for three poor kids to go and grow. And what the boys club did, it gave us the tools that we needed to succeed in life.”

“We played sports there, we played games there. We learned a lot of things about life at the Boys Club, not to mention skills, hands-on skills but also life skills. Without the Boys Club I certainly wouldn’t be a physician today,” said Dr. Cywinski.

The money raised went to improving the Boys and Girls Club of Geneva and will go into building the Seneca Babcock Community Center of Buffalo.


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Besides FLBJC, who and what is included in the RRH network?

Finger Lakes Bone & Joint Center is now part of the larger, Rochester Regional Health network. This includes several hospitals, all-inclusive care programs for the elderly, surgical centers, skilled nursing facilities, and more, across Western New York and the Finger Lakes region.

To learn more about the Rochester Regional Health network, visit: https://www.rochesterregional.org/about/

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Joint Commission National Quality Approval Seal

Dr. Alexander Awarded the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval

Joint Commission National Quality Approval SealA big thank you and congratulations to Dr. Daniel Alexander and the surgical team & staff at FLBJC for achieving the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its Orthopedic Knee and Hip Replacement program.

Newark-Wayne Community Hospital was officially named an Orthopedic Joint Center of Excellence by the Joint Commission, becoming Rochester Regional Health’s 4th accredited Orthopedic Joint Center of Excellence.

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Could new bone-forming growth factor reverse osteoporosis?

Scientists at the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern in Dallas, TX, have uncovered a new bone-forming growth factor that may reverse the bone loss associated with osteoporosis. They say that this discovery has implications for regenerative medicine.

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Osteolectin has been shown to promote bone growth in postmenopausal mice.

Osteoporosis develops over several years and is a condition that weakens bones. This weakness makes bones more fragile and susceptible to breakages. More than 50 million people in the United States aged 50 and older are affected by osteoporosis or low bone mass.

Treatments for osteoporosis currently involve treating and preventing bone fractures, as well as using medication to strengthen bones. Bisphosphonates are drugs that slow down or prevent bone damage. Estrogen therapy is also used in some groups of people to help maintain bone density.

While the majority of existing treatments for osteoporosis reduce the rate of bone loss, they do not promote new bone growth. There is one agent, called Teriparatide (PTH), that is approved for the formation of new bone. However, the use of PTH is limited to only 2 years due to a risk of developing osteosarcoma (bone cancer).

The researchers at the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute (CRI) at UT Southwestern called the newly discovered bone-forming growth factor Osteolectin, or Clec11a, and they published their findings in eLife.

Dr. Sean Morrison – CRI director, Mary McDermott Cook Chair in Pediatric Genetics, and the Kathryne and Gene Bishop Distinguished Chair in Pediatric Research – led the study.

Particular bone marrow and bone cells have been found to produce Osteolectin. The team at CRI say they are the first to demonstrate that Osteolectin promotes new bone formation from skeletal stem cells in the bone marrow.

Osteolectin significantly increased bone volume, reversed bone loss

Morrison and colleagues discovered that when Osteolectin was deleted in mice, they experienced acceleration in bone loss during adulthood. The mice also exhibited symptoms of osteoporosis, such as diminished bone strength and the delayed healing of fractures.

The researchers aimed to find out whether it was possible for Osteolectin to reverse bone loss after osteoporosis had developed. Morrison and team used two groups of mice that had their ovaries removed to mimic the type of osteoporosis that develops in postmenopausal women. They provided the mice with a daily injection of either PTH or Osteolectin.

When compared with PTH – an agent already proven to promote bone formation – Osteolectin showed similar results. Compared with untreated mice, the bone volume in both PTH-treated and Osteolectin-treated mice had significantly increased.

Both treatments were shown to successfully reverse the bone loss that occurred as a result of ovary removal.

“These results demonstrate the important role Osteolectin plays in new bone formation and maintaining adult bone mass. This study opens up the possibility of using this growth factor to treat diseases like osteoporosis,” says Morrison.

“These early results are encouraging, suggesting Osteolectin might one day be a useful therapeutic option for osteoporosis and in regenerative medicine.”

Dr. Sean Morrison

Morrison is also the principle investigator for the Hamon Laboratory for Stem Cell and Cancer Biology. Alongside the Hamon Laboratory scientists, Morrison plans to conduct further experiments to test Osteolectin’s therapeutic potential.

The team’s objective is to identify the receptor for Osteolectin, which they say will help them to understand the signaling mechanism that the growth factor uses to promote the formation of bone.


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Need an MRI? Try FLBJC’s Open MRI Machine

If you ever need an MRI, try our state of the art Open MRI machine, located in our Geneva office. It’s the only one of its kind in the region and offers a wide-open magnet, non-claustrophobic design for your comfort.

Open MRI of the Finger Lakes has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. The only true OPEN MRI!

Learn more by visiting this page: http://fingerlakesorthopedics.com/open-mri-of-the-fingerlakes/


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Rochester Regional Health Acquires Finger Lakes Bone & Joint Center

Finger Lakes Bone & Joint Center is proud to announce our formal acquisition by Rochester Regional Health.

What Dr. Alexander began 10 years ago with two staff members and one office, grew to 36 staff, including five doctors and four offices. The gratitude for this success is due to the talented doctors and staff who joined our team and to our wonderful community who spread the word.

“My colleagues and I are proud and honored to be part of the growing Rochester Regional Health family,” Dr. Alexander said. We look forward to continuing to serve the healthcare needs of our community, together with Rochester Regional Health.

Learn about the partnership here: https://www.rochesterregional.org/news/2016/11/finger-lakes-bone-joint-acquisition/



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