So I had a, a grade three or four AC separation from a bad snowboarding accident, which had a high impact into my shoulder and completely separated my AC joint and my clavicle stuck way up. And there were various recommendations. The traditional orthopedic surgeon said basically "leave it alone." Unfortunately for me, that wasn't really an option. I'm a very active person and I enjoy climbing and canyoneering and a lot of sports that put a lot of strain and require a lot of stability on my shoulder. I was a little worried that I wouldn't regain that stability and I would lose some of the function and some of the things that I could do. And then I came to Dr. Stone and he got it, he got it stitched back together and I got it fully reduced. And that's an important part of AC surgeries is springing the joint back together fully. And after three months, I now have a near a hundred percent range of motion and in nearly all directions. And it's incredibly stable and I'm looking forward to starting rock climbing back up very soon.
More severe AC joint injuries (Type III, IV, V and VI) are typically treated with surgery. When these ligaments are badly torn, they never heal on their own We use donor tissue to reproduce, as closely as possible, the normal anatomy of the damaged ligaments, ensuring that the tissues around the shoulder don't stretch out and the muscles don't contract. It is an outpatient procedure and performed under a local regional block. The procedure uses natural tissues and no artificial materials and provides excellent stability of the AC joint. It is, in our opinion, the safest and strongest way to rebuild the AC joint with the lowest complication rate.