Dr. Cameron Clokie, DDS is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. He recently completed five years as the Professor of Oran and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Toronto. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1985. He finished his specialization in 1990 and his PhD in bone regeneration from McGill University in 1992. He is an expert in the surgical management of the jaw. He is sought after as an advisor and a teacher. He lectures on topics relating to bone regeneration.
Dr. Cameron Clokie, established the Bone Integrated Implant Group at McGill in 1993. He works at new technology and new techniques that will eventually improve on current processes. He has been a consultant for a number of different companies and industrial projects. Dr. Clokie moved to Mount Sinai Hospital where he performs operations, and had clinic. He is the Head of the Graduate Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He has worked with other doctors exploring the use of various carriers for the BMP. Cameron Clokie works as a consultant to Genesco Regeneration Sciences, Inc. His goal is to develop bio-implants that will replace bone grafts.
Dr. Cameron Clokie has been working in the area of directing the body to regrow bone to help with reconstructive surgery. He is known for his work with a 60-year old patient who lost seven centimeters of his jaw bone to a benign tumour. He underwent a bone regeneration procedure to regrow the bone removed.
The procedure involves using a protein to get trick stem cells into becoming bone tissue. Clokie says its similar to how a baby’s bones grow. With the technique, he has actually regrown a bone in the jaw just like the one that was lost. He says that most methods of rebuilding lost parts is to remove bone and muscle from on spot on the body and graft in onto another part.
In rebuilding the 60-year old’s jaw, it took a surgery of about four hours and within two weeks the patient was back to normal. Another patient who had ameloblastoma, which can eventually shut off the airway, was not so lucky. She did not qualify for the surgery and had to have a 19-hour surgery, where a part of her chin was used to replace the removed jaw bone. Her recover time was two months. She has one more surgery to complete the process.
For the first patient Dr. Clokie added a growth protein to a gel that was molded into place in the patients jaw. It is placed in the missing section and supported by a titanium rod. Several days later, blood vessels are growing over the gel and it is dissolving. The jawbone then regrows to close the gap. It is an amazing process on BizCommunity.com.
The drawback to the surgery is that most insurance companies will not cover the cost of the procedure and it is expensive. It can cost more that $6000. It is said that this procedure has been used to help fuse the spine. Dr. Clokie is now focusing on lower the cost of the procedure so that others can benefit.
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