ACL reconstruction using Z-lig, a natural tissue alternative at 12 years post op

ACL reconstruction using Z-lig, a natural tissue alternative at 12 years post op

There's absolutely no limitation to what I do in my knee. In fact, because of physical therapy and the activities I went through, I think it is better than it was before the injury. I feel very fortunate to be part of the Z-lig. I can't imagine ever having an autograft done on any limb in my body after that procedure and I'm quite grateful that technology is available.  

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There's absolutely no limitation to what I do in my knee. In fact, because of physical therapy and the activities I went through, I think it is better than it was before the injury. I feel very fortunate to be part of the Z Lig. I can't imagine ever having an autograft done on any limb in my body after that procedure and I'm quite grateful that technology is available.  
- Mike

Stone Clinic patient Mike ruptured his right ACL while limbo dancing at a wedding. He had it repaired using the Z-lig ligament replacement device engineered from porcine tissue developed by the Stone Research Foundation. Previously, Mike had ruptured his left ACL and had it repaired with another provider using an autograft, removing tissue from his own patella tendon and using it to repair his ACL. "The experiences could not have been more different" he says. Unlike the autograft, the Z-lig procedure and the recovery were minimal. "In fact, I was a bit worried because my knee was so stable and so pain-free that I thought I might damage the knee somehow because it felt so good so soon!" With this successful recovery, Mike returned to all things he loved to do before the surgery: league basketball, baseball coaching, pickup soccer, and playing with his dog.