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What’s Hot & What’s Not in Knee Surgery: A Few of the Highlights

What’s Hot & What’s Not in Knee Surgery: A Few of the Highlights The Stone Clinic
Stem cells are both in and out. It was once thought that if these cells were injected into joints, they would turn into cartilage. Two problems arose. First, patients (unless they are infants) have very few stem cells left. Second, the injected cells died after releasing their instructional growth factors, never turning into cartilage. But what we have learned is that an increasing number of concentrated growth factors, immune stimulants, and even some drugs can induce the migration of the body’s own progenitor cells—some of them stem cells—cells that direct healing—to the injured area. These cells then optimize the environment around the injury to effect healing.

ACL Surgery: Where the Problems Are

ACL Surgery: Where the Problems Are The Stone Clinic
The ACL is the key stabilizer of the knee and is torn 300,000 times a year in the U.S. alone. The treatment of these torn ligaments has evolved in some ways, but not so much in others. Here is what we know today.

Athletic Approach to Knee Replacement

Athletic Approach to Knee Replacement The Stone Clinic
Artificial knee replacement surgery used to mean the reduction of sports activities like golf, swimming, and cycling. Yet with severe arthritis affecting younger and younger people, we are currently pushing the envelope of sports participation with joint replacements and learning as we go.

How to Avoid a Total Knee Replacement

How to Avoid a Total Knee Replacement
Arthritis is preventable. Yet until recently most people thought it was inevitable. Here are some examples of how to best treat your injured knee.

Regrowing your knee

Collegen Meniscus Implant
How a biological device can act as a trellis for new meniscus tissue to grow into, reconstructing missing segments of the meniscus shape.

Missing a meniscus? No need to miss out on an active life.

Study shows meniscus transplants can get athletes back to sport
Don’t give up on your knee. Even if you had your meniscus cartilage removed, even if you have developed osteoarthritis and can barely walk without pain, there is still a chance that your knee can be restored. This study confirms how.

As we live longer, can our joints last longer, too?

New ways to heal joints can keep us fitter as we age
If we live longer, will our joints still work? While many diseases can kill you, arthritis has the potential to ruin your long life.

Lindsey Vonn and the ACL dilemma

Lindsey Vonn and the ACL dilemma
When skiing superstar Lindsey Vonn recently announced her withdrawal from the Winter Olympics, she demonstrated that reconstructing the torn anterior cruciate ligament of a world-class athlete has its unique problems.

Why surgically fix a torn meniscus?

Fix a meniscus to avoid arthritis
A recent study suggested that meniscus surgery doesn't help. Studies can be misleading. Even small losses of meniscus tissue lead to big changes in force concentration on the tibia (shin bone) and eventually arthritis.

Biology trumps bionics: An alternative to total knee replacement

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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.

Knee replacement: Partial can be just as good as total

Knee replacement: Partial can be just as good as total
Knees do not necessarily wear out evenly, sometimes one part of the knee is perfectly fine while another part is completely destroyed. If only part of the knee joint is worn out, why replace all of it?

Why Biologics trump Bionics

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How often do you stop to think about the miraculous self-healing machine that is your body?
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