The introduction of the arthroscope

James Andrews, M.D.
Orthopaedic Surgeon / Sports Medicine Specialist
Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
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During my training – we didn't even know what the arthroscope was. That really came along from Dr. Bob Jackson who's from Toronto, Canada. He went to Japan and picked up what was being done over there with the arthroscope. It was first being done by Dr. (Masaki) Watanabe and in Japan, and (Dr. Jackson) brought it back to North America –that was during the middle to early 1970’s. For me, looking back on it, that was the major milestone in sports medicine. That was what revolutionized sports medicine.

We're still looking for what's going to be next with that. And obviously, the arthroscope is still being used and lots of new things are coming out with it. It's taken over not only orthopedic surgery – but general surgery and other surgeries a like. The new revelation I think in sports medicine that has the same status as the arthroscope is what we call the biologics, and that includes stem cells and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). We are just at the tip of the iceberg now with biologics, but as we develop that – that to me is going to be the next major revelation in sports medicine.

The major focus of our research we do through the Andrews Research & Education Foundation (AREF) in Gulf Breeze, Florida, has been in the biologics. We have a Regenerative Medicine Center that is here specifically for research in biologics. That is the most important aspect of what we are doing through AREF.


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