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About The Stone Clinic

About The Stone Clinic

We're different. Learn more about what we do, why we do it and how we can help you.

About The Stone Clinic: Our philosophy and origins

Find out if we can help you. Set up a complimentary phone consultation. http://www.stoneclinic.com/schedule-complimentary-phone-consultation-or-book-appointment. We've spent 25 years pioneering and refining biologic orthopedic treatments. Dr. Stone holds around 50 U.S. patents on novel inventions to improve healthcare. He's always figuring out ways to improve.

Transcript: "I dedicate myself to really trying to help people recover and become fitter, faster, and stronger than they were before they got hurt or before they developed arthritis. What I love the most is that everyday I get to help people. Not just help them, I get to think about how I might be able to do it better and I have the tools around me to innovate, to create those new technologies and a team of people around me who are as excited about it as I am.

Quite frankly, it came from my own knee injury. I injured my knee in college, lost the meniscus cartilage, the shock absorber in my knee and I admired the surgeon who repaired it but was frustrated by how primitive the techniques were. They just took the cartilage out and threw it away and so I've spent much of my research career figuring out how to replace that meniscus tissue.

So I do what I do because everything that I look at and I see, I think could be made better, could be improved. I've taught my children that most of what we know isn't true and if we are doing something next year that we were doing this year, we clearly haven't learned anything. So I want them to be better for my patients, I want better tools to use, I want surgery to be more efficient, more elegant, more effective and I want our patients' rehab to be quicker and better. I think about ways to make it better and I see ways to make them better and I am passionate about doing it."

Why a biologic knee replacement is better than a bionic knee replacement

The Stone Clinic in San Francisco http://www.stoneclinic.com is at the forefront of orthopedic surgery. We take a biologic approach to treating joint injuries and arthritis, focusing on repairing the knee, shoulder and ankle. Find out how we can help you: +1-415-563-3110

Bionics
"Bionic" may sound super human but as far as we're concerned, nothing can beat biology. Artificial joint replacements are sometimes necessary but often they are not. They can and should be avoided if possible. Unfortunately, most artificial material will eventually fail and although patients often return to normal activity, there's a tendency to be more protective of bionic joints.

Biologics
We take a natural, biologic approach to healing joints. Rather than using artificial materials, our goal is to figure our how our body responds to an injury and then stimulate that response, making it faster and more directed. Using the biologic approach, we can put back a new meniscus cartilage, re-grow the articular cartilage or re-build the ligaments of the knee in order to reconstruct that joint. Our patients go confidently back to impact sports and other strenuous activities.

How to rebuild a knee: The treatment story of pro-skier, Jen Hudak

Professional freestyle skier, Jen Hudak needs two hands to count her broken bones and injured joints. It's hardly surprising. Her career involves skiing at top speed into a giant half pipe of snow packed so hard it's almost ice. She flies up and over the edge of the pipe and hovers briefly, twisting and turning in midair before landing back to do it all over again, trick after trick.

Natural Healing
In 2009, a serious knee injury threatened to cut short her sporting career. She sought out The Stone Clinic to help repair her joint. As a pioneer in the field of orthopedics, Kevin R Stone MD uses stem cells and growth factors to help rebuild joints naturally rather than with artificial replacements. "The goal isn't just to get someone back on the slopes" insists Dr. Stone "The goal is to have that person heal their mind and their body and come back fitter than they were before they got hurt" Jen underwent a novel cartilage replacement procedure where Dr. Stone used a technique called an articular cartilage stem cell paste graft, grafting a huge lesion on her lateral femoral condyle, part of her knee and then rebuilding the back corner of her knee where she had ruptured the ligament.

From injury to victory
Post surgery, Jen worked hard on her rehabilitation, helped by the team at The Stone Clinic. "There was a lot expected of me and I expected a lot of myself. I wanted to heal ahead of the curve, I wanted to be back on my feet as soon as I could and they were ready to help me do that." Within 6 months she was back on the slopes. That season was her best season to date; she pushed her newly fixed joint to the limits and won every major competition. For Dr. Stone, the success of an athlete like Jen is a vindication of all that he does. It provides the ultimate test. "It challenges the surgical techniques that we have been innovating for so long to regrow durable cartilage," he says. "It challenges the surgical stabilization ligament techniques that all push beyond the limits that other people thought were possible."

Pioneering Joint Injury and Arthritis Treatment: Stone Research Foundation

The Stone Research Foundation is an independent, public, non-profit research institute based in San Francisco. Its mission is to research and develop ways to prevent, treat, and reverse arthritis and joint injuries. More info is available at www.stoneresearch.org

Can we fix your joint injury? We offer a complimentary phone consultation to find out.

Get a complimentary evaluation from us without having to travel to the Bay Area! http://www.stoneclinic.com/schedule-complimentary-phone-consultation-or-book-appointment Call us to set up a phone consultation (415) 563-3110. For US patients who live outside the San Francisco Bay Area and for international patients who live outside the USA, we offer a complimentary, remote consultation service. If you send us your recent imagery and surgical notes, Dr. Stone will be able to evaluate your case without you having to travel to see us. Dr. Stone will be able to talk on the phone or Skype with you to discuss possible options. Please go to our website for clear instructions on what to send us and how to get it to us. Our Patient Coordinator will help you through this process and can answer any questions you have.

Kevin Stone: The bio-future of joint replacement

http://www.ted.com Arthritis and injury grind down millions of joints, but few get the best remedy -- real biological tissue. Kevin Stone shows a treatment that could sidestep the high costs and donor shortfall of human-to-human transplants with a novel use of animal tissue.

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the "Sixth Sense" wearable tech, and "Lost" producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on TED.com, at http://www.ted.com/translate. Watch a highlight reel of the Top 10 TEDTalks at http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/top10

How to get the best results from orthopedic surgery

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We want our patients to get the best from their surgery. Much of the work happens in rehabilitation. We have world-class physical therapists here at The Stone Clinic. Together we bring the perspective of understanding both the injury that the patient had and all the different ways we can connect with that patient to help them become fitter, faster and stronger than they were before they got hurt. We encourage patients to think of themselves as an “athlete in training” and not a “patient in rehab”. Pro athletes are be in the gym a couple of times a day, they optimize their nutrition, they optimize their range of motion and their soft tissue, they optimize all the parts that go into making them a world class athlete. Patients who adopt that approach are the ones that do the best. It's really a bargain between the surgeon and the patient and the bargain is that the surgeon gives their best effort surgically and all the skills and all the resources and the patient gives their upmost to make all those tools work well and bring their own body and their mind to rehab everyday, training everyday.

Superbiologics -The Stone Clinic

Injuries and arthritis can be treated with biologic or bionic (artificial) solutions. We have developed a variety of tissue regeneration approaches. This video describes the current and future directions of joint repair. At The Stone Clinic in San Francisco, California we concentrate on returning injured people to their activities fitter, faster and stronger than they were before they were injured. Our expertise is in knee, shoulder, and ankle injuries, joint arthritis treatment, and avoiding knee replacement. We have developed advanced surgical and rehabilitation techniques focused on cartilage and ligament repair, regeneration, and replacement. Visit http://www.stoneclinic.com to learn more...

The Z-Lig™ ACLR Device, invented by Kevin R. Stone, M.D. and subsequently developed by Aperion Biologics, has been cleared for marketing and distribution in the European Union and other markets which recognize the CE Mark.
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Gone are the days when knee replacement surgery was almost as bad as the arthritis itself. The past year has brought vastly improved procedures, creating bionic patients in an outpatient surgery setting.
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Dr Stone talking about Steph Curry's injury and the Warrior's season.
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Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets.

Stone, K.R., A.W. Walgenbach, T.J. Turek, A. Freyer, and M.D. Hill. 2006.