In 2014, former ROH patient, Mr Michael Dubrowsky passed away and left a significant legacy gift to the Trust following treatment he received here for chondrosarcoma. This generous gift enabled us to invest in a state-of-the-art regenerative medicine laboratory - The Dubrowsky Regenerative Medicine Laboratory. The laboratory was officially launched on 17 December 2019.
You can take a virtual tour of our state of the art Dubrowsky Regenerative Medicine Laboratory below. Move around the facility using the white navigation icons along the bottom of the tour - just hover over each icon for details. To navigate to a specific room, use the ‘thumbnail menu’ icon. Press the ‘auto rotate’ icon or move your mouse/device around to move in 360 degrees. For the best view enter ‘full screen’ mode. In each room you can click on the ‘info’ icons to discover more about the facilities available in the laboratory.
The use of red blood cell salvage, has become commonplace in surgery, and orthopaedics specifically. This recycles the patient’s own red blood cells back to the patient during the surgery which has a range of benefits. It reduces and in some cases, negates the need entirely for blood transfusions, as well as reduce the risk of infection for the patient. There is also evidence that this can reduce issues of compatibility for future pregnancies in young ladies.
Osteoarthritis is where an inflammatory and deteriorating process occurs inside a joint leading to the loss of cartilage, exposure of the underlying bone and intense pain for the patient. This loss of cartilage means that the patients present with pain, stiffness and loss of function. Patients with osteoarthritis require long term medical and surgical therapy in the form of medication, physiotherapy and eventually surgery (often seen as total joint replacement).
Osteosarcoma is a type of cancer that produces immature bone. It is the most common type of cancer that arises in bones, and it is usually found at the end of long bones, often around the knee.
Curative procedures for primary bone cancer such as osteosarcoma leave a bony defect which needs to be filled with a something. This could be an endoprosthesis, an allograft (piece of donor bone) or the patient’s own sterilised bone from another part of the body to allow continued limb function. This is known as a curative resection.