You are here

ACL reconstruction for pro-skier using Z-lig, a natural alternative tissue - 11 years post op

Share this post

In 2002, Canadian Pro Skier Rick Lewon had his right ACL reconstructed by Dr. Kevin Stone, using a Z-lig replacement device a natural alternative tissue engineered from porcine tissue.. Dr. Stone's treatment was a medical breakthrough and the first non-human biologic method for ACL reconstruction of the knee. After this surgery, Lewon went on to win numerous Canadian Downhill Masters titles. 11 years later, his Xenograft is still going strong and is doing a lot better than the ACL reconstruction he had done on his left leg, which used his own hamstring. Lewon says he is hoping to one day get the Z-lig on on that knee too.

Share this post
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.
World Pro Ski Dual Slalom Racing
Dual head-to-head racing is the most exciting thing you can watch in competitive skiing. It began in the 1960's with Henri Moreault in Aspen, was expanded into a pro racing tour by the late Bob Beattie in the 1970's, continued by Ed Rogers then fizzled out in the 1990's. It is now back, under the guidance of Ed Rogers—and it rocks.
ABC news animal tissue repairs human joints
Excellent coverage on ABC News of Dr, Kevin Stone's pioneering Z-lig ACL replacement device which uses animal tissue to repair human joints.
July 14th, 2015
In light of Wes Matthews and other NBA athletes suffering Achilles ruptures, Dr. Stone speaks to Mavs Moneyball, a...
April 27th, 2016
Dr Stone talking about Steph Curry's injury and the Warrior's season.
December 11th, 2014
"A few select orthopedic surgeons and researchers around the country are pioneering alternate cartilage...

Kevin R. Stone · Jonathan R. Pelsis · Scott T. Surrette · Ann W. Walgenbach · Thomas J. Turek 

A new treatment to replace the entire cartilage surface

Stone K.R., A.W. Walgenbach, A. Freyer. 2008.