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

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The Stone Clinic in San Francisco 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.

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We like to do everything possible to rebuild the knee joint with biologic tissues rather than artificial materials to help delay the time in which an artificial joint replacement is necessary.
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