Dr. Cameron Clokie has been fascinated with the idea of facial bone regeneration for many years and has putting the theory of facial bone regeneration to the test. Cameron has been performing the less invasive facial reconstructive surgery for years now with good results, changing the face of reconstructive surgery.
Before Dr. Cameron Clokie began his career in reconstructive facial surgeries, Cameron graduated in 1985 after obtaining his Doctorate of Dental Sciences (DDS) and PhD in bone regeneration from McGill University. After graduation Cameron started his own research group regarding bone regeneration at McGill University, which has been moved to University of Toronto where Dr. Clokie is head of the oral and maxillofacial surgery department.
Early in his career, Dr. Clokie spent his formitaive years studying under Dr. Marshall Urist, a pioneer in using BMP in bone regeneration. BMP or bone morphogenetic proteins are essential in growing new bone that were first discovered in the 1950’s. Dr. Clokie learned what he could from studying under Dr. Urist and has been using BMP for many years. Dr. Clokie uses the BMP mixed in with a gel-like putty that liquifies when frozen, but hardens when warmed up and sculpted into the piece of bone needed for surgery. When the bone starts growing back, the putty deteriorates leaving new bone in its place.
So far this minimally invasive surgery has been performed on eight patients with wonderful results. The healing phase is drastically reduced using this be procedure, from many months to weeks. Also, this procedure regenerates the bone, traditional surgeries need to harvest the bone from another area of the body, which increases healing time, causes more pain, and makes facial surgery more complicated.
Dr. Clokie has been pioneering this regeneration procedure for twenty years and ultimately envisions a bio implant process that will make traditional surgery defunct.