Cartilage Replacement Staves Off Arthritis, Report Says
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — This week, the Stone Clinic introduced BioKnee: A natural knee cartilage reconstruction solution clinically-proven to delay the effects of arthritis for up to 12 years. BioKnee has been shown to return patients with moderate and sometimes severe bone-on-bone arthritis to sports and an active lifestyle.
Professional skier Matt Reardon was told he could not ski professionally again after being told by his doctors that he was “bone-on-bone” following numerous failed surgical procedures, including microfracture and OATs. After his BioKnee in 2007, Matt said “…I had the best three years of my professional skiing career.”
BioKnee has been in development since 1991, by Kevin R. Stone, MD at The Stone Clinic in San Francisco and uses a patients own stem cells and donor cartilage to rebuild the natural shock absorbers in the knee. Over 300 patients have been treated with this procedure, establishing BioKnee as a feasible solution to delay or avoid total knee replacement and relieving pain and returning mobility to nearly 80% of patients in a 2-12 year peer reviewed published outcome study after undergoing the procedure.
50-year-old four-time Ironman triathlete, Emily Salmons, describes the results of her BioKnee procedure on her latest Ironman finish. “I did the whole race only 8 minutes slower than my previous pre-surgery time…I was so thrilled to be back, I think I smiled the entire 26.2 miles.” Emily says, “Dr. Stone’s surgery has been a revelation to me.”
Non-athletes or ex-athletes who want to stay active also benefit from BioKnee. 57-year old ex-sailor and skier, Betty Rodall, had “…lost the ability to enjoy life” and now is hiking ice fields and walking wine tours. Betty says: “I’m doing things I never thought I’d do again, ever.”
BioKnee treatment recovery takes between 3-6 months of physical therapy and rehabilitation on average. Candidacy for the BioKnee procedure is determined by an evaluation at The Stone Clinic or preliminarily by a phone consultation with MRI and X-ray review. Patients with cartilage loss too severe for BioKnee may be candidates for a robotic MAKO partial knee replacement.
More information on The Stone Clinic can be found at BioKnee.com