Natural Tissue Graft First in Southeast

(Emory-Adventist Hospital:Smyrna, GA, June 17,  2009)—The first DeNovo natural tissue graft cartilage transplant in the Southeast was recently performed at Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna (EAH) under the direction of Jon Hyman, MD.

DeNovo NT (natural tissue) is a living cartilage implant designed to repair the knee.  The process uses donated infant tissue. The juvenile cartilage is shown to have greater rejuvenation ability than that of adult cartilage.  The unique surgical technique simplifies the implantation of cartilage tissue as compared to other established surgical protocols that typically involve plastic or metal implants.  The natural tissue graft has been in use for humans for approximately two years, with 250+ cases performed nationwide.  The recent procedure at EAH, however, is the first to be performed in the Southeast.

Dr. Hyman states, “The DeNovo cartilage transplantation procedure may be a real breakthrough for patients with cartilage problems.  Using donated pediatric cartilage to repair defects in adults is a novel idea and the early results show promise in relieving pain and improving function.”

Dr. Hyman is board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery with an expertise in Sports Medicine. He also serves as the Medical Director of the Hip Arthroscopy Center at EAH.  Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna is a not-for-profit facility operated by Adventist Health System (AHS) as a joint venture with Emory Healthcare.  The hospital is located at 3949 South Cobb Drive, Smyrna.

Less than a year after having my rotator cuff repaired by Dr. Hyman my shoulder is better than the one that wasn't injured. The recovery time was so fast my wife thinks I have some kind of super healing power.
- HJ