Two patients at the Mizzou Biojoint Center in Columbia, MO, have filed lawsuits alleging medical negligence following knee surgery. The 13th Judicial Circuit of Missouri lawsuit charges James Stannard, MD, medical director for the Mizzou Biojoint Center, and James Cook, DVM, PHD, OTSC, director of operations and scientific director of the center, with not disclosing that the surgeries were experimental. Plaintiffs Amanda Reinsch and Daniel Draper were also not advised that Cook is not a medical doctor, nor was he a licensed physician at the time. The Mizzou Biojoint Center website states:
Mizzou BioJoint® solutions may be right for you if:
You are 55 or younger
You are nicotine-free
Your height to weight ratio falls within a BMI of 35 or less
Plaintiffs Reinsch and Draper allege that Stannard failed to tell them they were not proper candidates for the surgery. Their body mass indexes were both above 35 and Reinsch was not nicotine free.
Columbia Ortho Group describes the biojoint procedure:
Are biojoints really a transplant procedure?
Yes, the biojoint procedure is a transplant procedure. When an organ donor passes away, his/her organs, including their joints, are harvested. The joints are evaluated for diseases and treated for preservation by companies which specialize in preparing these parts for transplantation. The recipient patient with the arthritic joint is kept on a waiting list. When the appropriately sized bone and cartilage are available, the patient is called and arrangements are made to transplant the bone and cartilage promptly. Once the harvested bone and cartilage are available, it is common that there may only be forty-five to sixty days during which the transplant can be performed.
Draper was an active duty member of the U.S. Army. He underwent a second Mizzou Biojoint surgery when the first was unsuccessful. Draper eventually underwent a total knee replacement following the two unsuccessful biojoint surgeries. Draper states that he lost the ability to continue his career in the military and can no longer live independently.
Stannard recommended the Mizzou Biojoint surgery to Reinsch in 2016. She had pain following the procedure and had two additional follow up surgeries. A second opinion led to a total knee replacement by a different surgeon who found that Reinsch’s knee was infected with staph bacteria. She reports irreversible and permanent damage to her knee.
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