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Bio-future of joint repair, replacement talk at Tahoe next week

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Dr. Kevin Stone is founder of the Stone Research Foundation.

OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — Squaw Valley Institute continues the Alchemist Speaker Series with special guest, Dr. Kevin Stone on Dec. 5.

As an orthopedic surgeon, Stone knows mobility means more than just where you go — it's the foundation for a fulfilling daily life. Stone treats joint injury using the latest in bio-medicine: reconstructing damaged tissue, even replacing whole joint parts, with lab-grown cartilage and ligament.

His Stone Clinic specializes in biologic repairs to knee injuries of all kinds from the torn meniscus to knee replacements and most everything in between.

Arthritis and injury grind down millions of joints, but few get the best remedy — real biological tissue.

"We regenerate and rebuild, rather than replace with metals and plastics. We take a biologic approach to treating joint injuries and arthritis, preserving as much of the natural biology of the joint as possible, often rebuilding with donor tissue, in order to avoid or delay a joint replacement," Stone said.

As a pioneer in the field of orthopedics, Stone uses stem cells and growth factors to help rebuild joints naturally.

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"The goal isn't just to get someone back on the slopes," he said. "The goal is to have that person heal their mind and their body and come back fitter than they were before they got hurt."

Stone has consulted publications such as The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek, and is a weekly contributor to The Examiner as a medical expert; he has also contributed to TV programs such as ESPN's "Treating Athletes in the New Millennium" and The Discovery Channel.

During the Dec. 5 event, Stone will also share insights on how to avoid bone-on-bone cartilage damage, how to repair it if you already have it and how to prevent injuries

Stone is the founder of Stone Research Foundation, an independent body investigating new technologies, treatments and possibilities for joint health, arthritis and human performance.

The Stone Research Foundation and the Stone Clinic are located in San Francisco. For more information visit http://www.StoneClinic.com.

Joining Dr. Stone is Dr. Alison Ganong, a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician specializing in sports medicine and the spine.

She uses tools such as musculoskeletal ultrasound, fluoroscopy and electrodiagnostics to provide treatments such as accurate joint and tendon injections, platelet rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapy treatments, spinal transforaminal and interlaminar epidural injections, spinal facet joint injections or radiofrequency ablations and nerve blocks.

She works with Tahoe Orthopedics and Sports Medicine with Barton Health, and has an office in South Lake Tahoe and Incline Village.

She performs procedures at the Truckee Surgery Center and Lake Tahoe Surgery Center. She also travels with the US ski team as one of their team physicians. She grew up in Alpine Meadows and is an avid skier and triathlete.

The presentation takes place at 6:30 p.m. at Plumpjack Squaw Valley. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a no-host bar reception. Squaw Valley Institute members are always admitted free.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets are available at the door or can be reserved at http://www.squawvalleyinstitute.org.

Squaw Valley Institute (SVI) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting programs that span a variety of topics including the environment; film and entertainment; education; health and wellness; music; world affairs and extreme sports.