As U.S. service members battle on many fronts all over the globe, physicians performing percutaneous orthopedics are breaking ground on new ways to help these men and women recover when they are wounded.
As U.S. service members battle on many fronts all over the globe, physicians with expertise in percutaneous orthopedics are breaking ground on exciting new ways to help these men and women recover when wounded.
The Interventional Orthopedics Foundation is committed to improving the health of our American wounded warriors by increasing support for percutaneous orthopedic treatment programs, where available technologies are currently inadequate.
The IOF envisions a day when our injured service members are healed from their combat wounds within several weeks as opposed to several months or years. Our hope is for an injured soldier to return to fully functional form after a treatment that, in the past, would have left them with only one option – invasive orthopedic surgery. Furthermore, the IOF envisions that all of this can be accomplished by using the patients’ own body, by using autologous stem cells and platelets to create “self-made” medicines.
The IOF will support the Wounded Warriors Program through its member physicians who are dedicated to finding new methods of treatment to improve upon or replace traditional, invasive orthopedic surgical practices.
Percutaneous regenerative procedures, such as precise image guided injections of platelet rich plasma and concentrated bone marrow, have traditionally been perceived as strictly experimental and therefore, are not reimbursable in the civilian world. Our experience suggests that these procedures can be an important component of functional recovery, and we are confident they will be more widely available when perception catches up with current research.
To facilitate care of Wounded Warriors, the Interventional Orthopedics Foundation offers treating physician members of the IOF grant funding. This funding allows physicians to offset the costs of treating Wounded Warriors suffering from musculoskeletal functional issues and pain.
Who is eligible for the Wounded Warriors Program?
U.S. service members (active-duty or veteran) who have experienced injury as a result of service or in the line of duty, combat injury, or training musculoskeletal trauma or PTSD.
What services are offered?
Percutaneous Orthopedic Procedures, such as:
Same day bone marrow concentrate injections using autologous cells isolated from the bone marrow and concentrated by centrifugation
Adipose tissue extraction for re-injection as a “fat graft”
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections derived and concentrated from autologous peripheral blood
Platelet Lysate (PL) injections derived, concentrated and lysed from autologous peripheral blood
I am a Treating Provider – How do I apply for Warrior funding?
You must be a member of the Interventional Orthopedics Foundation and be currently participating in the IOF Patient Registry Database. For more information, and to apply for membership, please click here.
I am a Wounded Warrior – How do I find a treating provider?
Members – Add the Wounded Warrior Badge to Your Site and Show Your Support!
Join the Wounded Warriors Program and display the Wounded Warriors Program Badge on your website. To use the badge, click on the HTML tab of the badge you would like to use. If using a dark background, have your web designer change the background color to the color of your site, or remove it completely to have your background color show through.