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Acceptance

Accepting Total Knee Replacement
Some injuries and some cases of arthritis are just too extreme to repair biologically. Accepting that you need an artificial implant is tough to do—but it’s the right decision when natural therapies are not effective. Here is some hopeful news about the decision to replace your joint.

Avoiding Total Knee Replacements

Avoiding a Total Knee Replacement Stone Clinic
This year, in the US alone, the number of total knee replacements will exceed 600,000. Eighty percent of these are unnecessary. Here is why.

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.

The Robots are Here

The Robots are Here The Stone Clinic
Total knee replacement has been a godsend for many people with severe bone-on-bone arthritis. Many of my patients are skiing, hiking, and playing sports on replaced knees at levels they have not done in years, or even decades.

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.

The Bias of Your Surgeon

The Bias of Your Surgeon
Every surgeon has a different skill set—and it’s important that their preferences align with yours.

Outpatient knee joint replacement

MAKO Robotic Assisted Surgery improves accuracy of placement
Total and partial joint replacement has finally moved out of the hospital! This has been made possible by enhanced computerized surgical planning, the use of human-guided robotic arms, and novel ways of preventing pain.

Total joint replacement for athletes

Total knee replacement should not stop athletes being active
After a total joint replacement, is it possible to get back to sport? Yes! And here's why it's important that you do.

How to have a good knee replacement

Total knee replacement - best outcomes
If you're due to have a total knee replacement, here are some steps you can take to have the best possible outcome.

How informed are doctors?

Outcome studies needed for medical devices
The answer is not obvious. Doctors know enormous amounts of data and have years of clinical experience. But what do they know about which devices and implants to use?

Robotic technology is a vital part of knee replacement surgery

Total knee replacement
A CT scan of your knee is used to build a computer model, which robotically guides the surgeon to precisely replace the joint, resulting in better alignment and reducing the risk of early wear. However, getting your insurance company to cover this cost is not easy.
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