Kevin Stone

A new treatment for gastrointestinal disorders involves introducing “normal gut bacteria” into the afflicted person’s system. (Courtesy photo)

Mind, body, gut

Gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free…all these variations of diets originally designed to address irritable…

 

The outcomes of surgically repaired clavicle fractures are now proving to be better and less deforming than those of fractures left alone. (Courtesy photo)

Treating broken collarbones

Clavicle fractures hurt. The collarbone sticks up under the skin and moves…

 

The irritated tissues around the patella are commonly treated with growth factors combined with lubrication injections rather than cortisone, since steroids have been shown to weaken tissues. (Courtesy photo)

The Patella Dilemma

The knee cap is a frequent source of pain. While treatments for…

 

It is time to let doctors to be doctors, before there aren’t any creative ones left.

New and cool and not for you

A significant number of new-and-improved devices are now available for surgeons to…

It is time to let doctors to be doctors, before there aren’t any creative ones left.
Reconstruction and replacement of the meniscus cartilage and the articular cartilage have advanced to the point where a number of long-term studies document excellent pain relief and a return not only to daily activities but to sports as well. (Courtesy photo)

Why ‘useless’ surgery is useful

Recent news stories proclaiming meniscus surgery to be useless miss the point,…

Reconstruction and replacement of the meniscus cartilage and the articular cartilage have advanced to the point where a number of long-term studies document excellent pain relief and a return not only to daily activities but to sports as well. (Courtesy photo)
Curvature of the leg bones doesn’t always require dramatic surgical operations. Often, replacing and repairing the missing shock absorbers makes more sense. (Courtesy photo)

Don’t break a leg

Many people are bowlegged. Some are knock-kneed. Only a few are truly…

Curvature of the leg bones doesn’t always require dramatic surgical operations. Often, replacing and repairing the missing shock absorbers makes more sense. (Courtesy photo)
U.S. swimmer Katie Ledecky stands on the podium to receive her gold medal for winning the women’s 200m freestyle at the Olympic Aquatic Stadium in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 9. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

Why Katie Ledecky wins: grit

Swimmer Katie Ledecky doesn’t just win. She crushes the competition. She crushes…

U.S. swimmer Katie Ledecky stands on the podium to receive her gold medal for winning the women’s 200m freestyle at the Olympic Aquatic Stadium in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 9. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
There are a number of possible explanations for why a knee might make audible noises. (Courtesy photo)

What’s happening when your knee goes snap, crackle and pop

In the month of August we will be revisiting some of our…

There are a number of possible explanations for why a knee might make audible noises. (Courtesy photo)
Among the many responsibilities of a nurse is interfacing with the rest of the operating room staff in ways decrease the stress and errors that come from miscommunication. (Courtesy photo)

Why the nurse matters

One of my nurses is my surgical assistant. My other nurse is…

Among the many responsibilities of a nurse is interfacing with the rest of the operating room staff in ways decrease the stress and errors that come from miscommunication. (Courtesy photo)
When combined with the enormous number of “selfies” people take each day, a bot, troll or computer agent can monitor our lives and replicate much of it by approximating our actions. (Courtesy photo)

Digital immortality is our new reality

The Singularity — the merger of machines and humans — is a…

When combined with the enormous number of “selfies” people take each day, a bot, troll or computer agent can monitor our lives and replicate much of it by approximating our actions. (Courtesy photo)
Data shows that 50 percent of people with an ACL injury will get arthritis. (Courtesy photo)

How to avoid a total knee replacement

First of all: Don’t get hurt. Once you injure your knee —…

Data shows that 50 percent of people with an ACL injury will get arthritis. (Courtesy photo)
Once ruptured, the posterior cruciate ligament, highlighted, was typically not repaired because the repairs were risky and often did not work. (Courtesy photo)

The curious case of the posterior cruciate ligament

The posterior cruciate ligament was long the forgotten stepchild of knee ligaments.…

Once ruptured, the posterior cruciate ligament, highlighted, was typically not repaired because the repairs were risky and often did not work. (Courtesy photo)
Because most people with severely arthritic knees gave up running years ago, the Stone Clinic prefers to encourage other activities like skiing, hiking, biking and weightlifting. (Courtesy photo)

Sports and joints

"Go home and rest your knee. Wait for your total joint replacement.…

Because most people with severely arthritic knees gave up running years ago, the Stone Clinic prefers to encourage other activities like skiing, hiking, biking and weightlifting. (Courtesy photo)
Doctors can now harvest stem cells in the office or in surgery, concentrate them and inject them into a site of injury to stimulate healing, as shown in this 3D rendered illustration. (Courtesy photo)

Stem cells vs. growth factors

The era of anabolic medicine is here. We no longer inject cortisone…

Doctors can now harvest stem cells in the office or in surgery, concentrate them and inject them into a site of injury to stimulate healing, as shown in this 3D rendered illustration. (Courtesy photo)
Simply 3D-printing a body part with a few components of the body part will not enable it to function properly, unless the body grows into the implant. (Courtesy photo)

3D printing: Cool, but not quite there

3D tissue printing holds the promise of custom implants on demand. But…

Simply 3D-printing a body part with a few components of the body part will not enable it to function properly, unless the body grows into the implant. (Courtesy photo)
Soldiers put their bodies — specifically their knees — through intense, grueling tasks that can cause injuries to the ligaments, cartilage and bone. (Courtesy photo)

Military life can be tough on knees

War — and training for war — is hard on knees. Much…

Soldiers put their bodies — specifically their knees — through intense, grueling tasks that can cause injuries to the ligaments, cartilage and bone. (Courtesy photo)
If schools would rethink the way they approach alumnis, all parties — school administrators, current students and alumni — would greatly benefit. (Courtesy photo)

Why class reunions are a bust

"Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you…

If schools would rethink the way they approach alumnis, all parties — school administrators, current students and alumni — would greatly benefit. (Courtesy photo)
Surgeons gain a huge advantage by using genetic sequencing, which allows them to learn more about a patient than ever before. (Courtesy photo)

Genes and joints: Learning more about your patients

Our world has changed. The recent TED talk by physicist Riccardo Sabatini…

Surgeons gain a huge advantage by using genetic sequencing, which allows them to learn more about a patient than ever before. (Courtesy photo)
Patience during recovery from an injury will keep you out of the doctor’s office. (Courtesy photo)

Patience is key to recovery

Patience is the difference between young bucks and successful older athletes. My…

Patience during recovery from an injury will keep you out of the doctor’s office. (Courtesy photo)
Stephen Curry laces up his shoes prior to the Warriors’ matchup against the Houston Rockets in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. (Ben Margot/AP)

Steph Curry’s ankles

Ever wonder why you don’t hear about ankle arthritis or ankle replacements?…

Stephen Curry laces up his shoes prior to the Warriors’ matchup against the Houston Rockets in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. (Ben Margot/AP)