Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader To Know: Dr. Austin Yeargan of North Carolina Shoulder and Elbow Surgery

Written by Laura Dyrda | August 26, 2010 | Print  | Email
As physicians continue to explore biologic approaches to treating orthopedic patients, Austin Yeargan, MD, a physician with North Carolina Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, is at the cutting-edge of this technology. Dr. Yeargan recently harvested adult stem cells from bone marrow from a patient's hip to repair the patient's rotator cuff, according to a Star News report.

Dr. Yeargan combined the stem cell treatment with platelet-rich plasma to stimulate growth factors. "What I'm most excited about is using [stem cell treatment] for rotator cuff procedures. There are 15 percent of people who still do not do well after the surgery," said Dr. Yeargan in the article. He hopes this type of procedure will prove helpful in treating older patients with poor tissue in their shoulders.

According to his profile on the AAOS website, Dr. Yeargan's treatment philosophy includes "preservation of the natural biology of the joint until conservative means are exhausted." He has a professional interest in sports medicine, elbow and shoulder surgery and gender-specific joint replacement. In addition to treating his patients, Dr. Yeargan is affiliated with the Denver Broncos and the US Ski and Snowboard teams.

Dr. Yeargan earned his medical degree from East Carolina University School of Medicine in Greenville, N.C., and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at The Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu. His additional training includes a sports medicine fellowship with the Steadman-Hawkins Sports Medicine Clinic in Vail, Colo., and work with the Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu.

Read other coverage on orthopedic and spine leaders:

- Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Christofer Catterson of North Carolina's West Carolina Orthopedic Specialists


-Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Gary Alegre of Alpine Orthopaedic Group in California

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