When I first injured, it was on a hike in Hawaii, just twisted my knee and the knee swelled up. And I'd gone and seen an orthopedic surgeon that wanted to do an arthroscopic (procedure). But he said, I could go ahead and ski, just stay on blue runs, take it easy. And ski till it hurt. And I heard it pretty bad on a powder day. So I went and had the arthroscopic procedure. After that surgery, it still hurt a lot, going to a Walmart and going up and down the aisle, I was still in considerable pain. So I went to my primary care doc and said, I think I need a second opinion. This is not going well. My primary care doc had heard about Dr. Stone here up, up in the city. And so I went to him for a consultation and I was really happy as I walked into the office to see all these pictures of the ski teams on, on the wall.
And so he talks about, look, the rest of your knee is good. The ligaments were all good. Even the cartilage on the bones, which I was, where can be a problem that they can wear down. But my knee injury was so recent. I hadn't even worn that down. He's like, well, we can do a transplant and you're going to be able to ski everything. You're going to be even able to run again, which I had not anticipated. We went ahead and did that surgery and I'm now six months into it. And I don't even think about the knee. I'm most of my day-to-day activities I can walk. We can hike.
He's a great example of if there's still reasonably good joint space, why not put the missing cartilage back in no matter what the age of the patient solve the problem, replace the missing tissue and hopefully save the patient from ever having to have an artificial joint.
My wife is extremely active. I find myself a lot if I'm saying, well, why don't you go with your, your girlfriends? I can't, I can't do that. And now I'm like, I can go!
Kevin R. Profile
Kevin came to The Stone Clinic seeking relief from a meniscus injury and to get back to his favorite outdoor sports with his wife. After a successful BioKnee joint repair by Dr. Stone, Kevin continued his path back to an active lifestyle under the continued guidance of our StoneFit rehab team. Here at 6 months post-op, Kevin is back to skiing, hiking, and biking—all while delaying or avoiding a knee replacement.
For more on how skiers can play for a lifetime and avoid knee pain after skiing, be sure to check out all of Dr. Stone's blogs on skiing injury prevention and recovery.