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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.

Knee Injury Treatments

How to avoid a total knee replacement with a BioKnee

At the Stone Clinic in San Francisco we've developed an alternative to joint replacement that we call BIOKNEE. http://www.stoneclinic.com/bioknee If you've got a painful knee either because you've got arthritis or you've lost the meniscus cartilage, we can put back in the biological tissues that you've lost. We can put back in a new meniscus cartilage from a donor, we graft your damaged articular cartilage with your own bone and cartilage and stem cells and we recreate those new surfaces biologically rather than with artificial materials. www.stoneclinic.come and cartilage and stem cells and we recreate those new surfaces biologically rather than with artificial materials.

Meniscus Transplant: How it works

If you've lost the meniscus cartilage inside your knee, that's the key shock absorber in the knee, at The Stone Clinic in San Francisco, Dr. Kevin Stone has
developed a technique for replacing the meniscus cartilage using donor tissue. This will give you back your shock absorber and away a lot of the pain from acute injuries as well as from fairly significant arthritis. http://www.stoneclinic.com

Sports Injury Prevention

Tips from Dr. Kevin Stone, orthopedic surgeon from The Stone Clinic in San Francisco to help you avoid a sports injury.

Prevent Tennis Injuries

Play sport, stay injury free. Here are some tips for avoiding tennis injuries, from The Stone Clinic in San Francisco.

Prevent Soccer Injuries

Here are some tips for avoiding soccer injuries, from The Stone Clinic in San Francisco.

Meniscus transplant patients

Meniscus transplant patient testimonial - 1 year post op

Our patient came to us after a long history of knee issues. She'd had surgery to repair 2 medial meniscus tears in her 20s and since then had never really had a pain free knee. She spent her 30s having kids and staying active as possible. In her early 40s she went to see an orthopedic surgeon to take care of some knee pain, thinking that the procedure would be simple but was shocked to be told that in fact she needed a total knee replacement. " I wasn't ready to do that" She found Dr. Stone who told her that it she was a candidate for a meniscus transplant. "Here I am a year out and I am doing everything I could do pre-injury. I run without knee pain. I ski without knee pain and I bike without knee pain." She adds, "Most importantly for me, I have 3 kids, 3 girls and we are an active family and for me to be able to hit the slopes with my kids or go for a mountain bike ride or take a hike and maintain an active healthy life and model an active healthy life for them that was probably one of my hugest reasons for doing this."

Meniscus transplant patient testimonial - 7 month post op.

Brandon had a meniscus transplant some years after having part of his meniscus removed due to an injury. His knee had become painful and his doctor had told him that he would have arthritis in a few years and ultimately ended up with an artificial knee replacement. After his meniscus transplant at the Stone Clinic, he stayed 7 weeks in San Francisco to rehabilitate. He came 5 days a week to work with our physical therapists.

Rehabilitation and Fitness

We have clear instructional videos of many of the exercises shown to you by your expert physical therapist at The Stone Clinic, including upper extremity, lower extremity and core. Always clear an exercise with your PT before practicing.

Lower Extremity Exercises: Squats

Squats are an excellent way to strengthen the glutes, hamstrings, and inner thighs.

Shoulder Wallwalk

The exercise can help you achieve better use of your shoulder by improving its range of motion.

To Start: Find an open wall or door jam.

Facing the wall slowly walk your fingers up the wall. You walk up as far as you can while maintaining the space between your shoulder and your ear. This may decrease how much range of motion you achieve initially but it will your mechanics correct and decrease the chance of developing compensations.

Once you have the reached your maximal height, hold for 3-5 seconds and then slowly walk your fingers back down. Repeat this for 10 repetitions.

For more information, please visit: http://www.stoneclinic.com/rehab/

Surgery in action

Dr. Kevin R. Stone demonstrates and explains his surgical techniques. Watch with caution, these videos contain graphic images of surgery.

Stone Clinic Medial Meniscus Allograft Transplantation

This video demonstrates a medial meniscus allograft transplantation using the three-tunnel technique. For more information, please visit www.stoneclinic.com

Makoplasty - Partial Knee Replacement

Press Videos

Dr. Stone's innovative surgical techniques have been featured in numerous TV reports. Here is a selection.

ABC News Australia - Knee Cartilage Regeneration

News program examines the results of Dr. Stone's paste grafting technique by highlighting the rapid recovery times of Stone Clinic paste grafting patients. 5:54 minutes

NBC Newswatch: Knee Relief

NBC Newswatch: Knee Relief

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.
In high school and even earlier, serious athletes are continuing to train year-round in their single sport. The result? A loss in general fitness and an increased injuries. CrossFit’s training platform may be the antidote.
Stand Up Paddling (SUP) has rocketed to the top of the water sports world, with sales of new boards growing at more than 20% per year. SUP develops balance, coordination and power through the trunk, core and shoulder muscles as no other sport does, and with almost no injuries.
July 14th, 2015
In light of Wes Matthews and other NBA athletes suffering Achilles ruptures, Dr. Stone speaks to Mavs Moneyball, a...
April 27th, 2016
Dr Stone talking about Steph Curry's injury and the Warrior's season.
December 11th, 2014
"A few select orthopedic surgeons and researchers around the country are pioneering alternate cartilage...

Kevin R. Stone · Jonathan R. Pelsis · Scott T. Surrette · Ann W. Walgenbach · Thomas J. Turek 

A new treatment to replace the entire cartilage surface