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Research papers

It is vital that we understand the outcomes of our biologic surgical procedures to treat articular cartilage, meniscus cartilage, and the ligaments and tendons.

Stone Research Foundation has followed many of our patients over a long period of time.

The foundation teaches these procedures around the world and publishes papers so that more people may benefit. It also works to develop the next generation of biologic techniques.

Here are a selection of our outcome, research and technical papers.



Meniscus allograft and articular cartilage outcome study

Stone K.R., Adelson W.S., Pelsis J.R., Walgenbach A.W., Turek T.J. 2010. "Long-term survival of concurrent meniscus allograft transplantation and articular cartilage repair: A PROSPECTIVE TWO- TO 12-YEAR FOLLOW-UP REPORT." J Bone Joint Surg Br 92-B(7): 941-948.


Meniscus allograft transplants: Lessons learned

Stone K.R., A.W. Walgenbach, A. Freyer. 2008. "Lessons Learned From Our First 100 Meniscus Allograft Transplants in Arthritic Knees." Musculoskeletal tissue regeneration : biological materials and methods. Totowa, NJ: Humana Press.

Meniscus transplantation in an active population with moderate to severe cartilage damage

A long-term study of 49 meniscus transplant patients found that athletes who replace their damaged or missing meniscus with donor tissue can recover well enough to get back to sports, for up to 15 years, even if they had already developed osteoarthritis. The study was published on September 26, 2014 in the journal of Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy. Kevin R. Stone · Jonathan R. Pelsis · Scott T. Surrette · Ann W. Walgenbach · Thomas J. Turek 

Meniscus allograft in arthritic patients

Stone, K.R., A.W. Walgenbach, T.J. Turek, A. Freyer, and M.D. Hill. 2006. "Meniscus allograft survival in patients with moderate to severe unicompartmental arthritis: a 2- to 7-year follow-up." Arthroscopy22 (5): 469-478.

Meniscus reconstruction technique paper

Stone, K.R., Pelsis J.R., Adelson W.S., Walgenbach, A.W. 2010. "Meniscus Reconstruction: the new field of rebuilding meniscus cartilage." Knee Surgery, Arthroscopy, Sport Traumatology 7 (3): 9-18.

Meniscus study on optimal sizing

Stone, K.R., A. Freyer, T. Turek, A.W. Walgenbach, S. Wadhwa, and J. Crues. 2007. "Meniscal sizing based on gender, height, and weight." Arthroscopy 23 (5): 503-508.

Meniscus allograft technique

Stone K.R., A.W. Walgenbach. 2003. "Meniscal allografting: the three-tunnel technique." Arthroscopy19 (4): 426-30.

Articular cartilage

Articular cartilage 2-12-year follow up

Stone, K.R., A.W. Walgenbach, A. Freyer, T.J. Turek, and D.P. Speer. 2006. "Articular cartilage paste grafting to full-thickness articular cartilage knee joint lesions: a 2- to 12-year follow-up." Arthroscopy22 (3): 291-299.

Articular cartilage paste graft technique

Stone K.R., A.W. Walgenbach. 1997. "Surgical technique for articular cartilage transplantation to full thickness cartilage defects in the knee joint." Oper Tech Orthop (7):305-311.

Translational research

Thin shell paste graft study: Treatment to replace the entire cartilage surface

In late 2010, Stone Research Foundation initiated the Thin Shell Graft Study to develop a biologically active, intact cartilage alternative to prosthetic knee replacement to treat advanced osteoarthritis. Articular cartilage thin shell grafting holds the promise of using donor cartilage tissue loaded with patient stem cells to replace extensively or totally destroyed articular cartilage surface.

PRP tendon defect study

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets. It can stimulate healing of bone and soft tissue. The Foundation research team, in collaboration with Stryker Orthobiologics, initiated a PRP tendon healing study in December, 2011, to evaluate the effects of PRP on tendon healing in a controlled preclinical model.

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Stone, K.R., A.W. Walgenbach, A. Freyer, T.J. Turek, and D.P. Speer. 2006.

A new treatment to replace the entire cartilage surface

Stone, K.R., A. Freyer, T. Turek, A.W. Walgenbach, S. Wadhwa, and J. Crues. 2007.