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Denver Clinic Research

 

Advanced Treatment and Research

The physicians of The Denver Clinic for Extremities at Risk are actively involved in research involving treatment approaches for extremity disease and injury.  Through the work of the Denver Clinic research team, in cooperation with Colorado State University's Animal Cancer Center, the intra-arterial chemotherapy protocol for treatment of osteosarcoma was developed. Because of this research, the Denver Clinic has published the best reported 10 year survival for adults and kids diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer). 

 

It is important to track outcomes of the novel treatment and surgical procedures that patients with The Denver Clinic undergo.  We invite our patients to participate in completing outcomes surveys to monitor their function following a surgical procedure.  Publications include an overall look at success following various surgical procedures. Click HERE for a list of publications by The Denver Clinic for Extremities at Risk.

 

Currently, the research focus of The Denver Clinic for Extremities at Risk includes:

  • Osteosarcoma tissue banking
  • Bone healing with AllostemTM
  • Pain control for amputees
  • Allograft lengthening for amputees
  • Osteonecrosis of the talus

 

 

The outcomes questionnaires we use to collect information from the patient are specific to the patient's diagnosis. Examples of surveys we use to collect information are:

  • Muscukoskeletal Tumor Society Survey (MSTS)
  • Orthotics and Prosthetics Users Survey (OPUS)
  • Visual Analog Score (VAS) 
  • Harris Hip Score

 

Through our association with Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Program, and The Limb Preservation Foundation we are able to support research into better understanding of extremity cancer and bone healing techniques.   

 

meet the team

John Polousky, MD

thumb_J.Polousky.pDr. John Polousky is an expert in complex limb reconstruction and limb lengthening. He is a member of The Denver Clinic for Extremities at Risk's Hip Preservation, Bone Healing and Deformity Correction teams. He has been interested in sports medicine since his days as an undergraduate at Colorado State University and is currently the surgical director of the Rocky Mountain Youth Sports Medicine Institute at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children

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