Skier and walker, Caterina
Consultant: Prof Adrian Wilson
Knee sports injuries and trauma
Climbing Arthur’s Seat just 8 weeks after major ligament and meniscal surgery after ski injury.
Adrian was recommended to Caterina by a friend of hers who is also a surgeon. She had suffered a nasty ski injury to her right knee. As well as damage to her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), her knee was very unstable.
She was hoping to undergo ACL repair but there was insufficient tissue to do a repair. Adrian therefore carried out a biological ACL reconstruction feeding up one of the hamstrings tendons – which he quadrupled – up the centre of her existing ACL and then did a free gracilis anterolateral ligament reconstruction.
In addition Caterina had torn both her medial and lateral menisci and had a small amount of damage to the under surface of her kneecap. Adrian repaired the menisci and tidied up her kneecap. The surgery took place back in May 2017 and it went extremely well.
Adrian feeds back on his latest appointment with Caterina:
“I reviewed Catrina this week and she is 10 weeks out and she has no pain, no swelling and a good range of motion. She told me that she has just climbed ‘Arthur’s Seat’ (at the 8 week stage, which is a bit early to be doing such activity, but it was a testament to the surgery and the reconstructions and how well she has recovered!) I am delighted that she is doing so well and I think she is a good example of what can be achieved fairly early following major ligament and meniscal surgery.
This is a good example of someone who has had a good functional recovery after a major injury – leading to ACL and ALL reconstruction together with medial and lateral meniscal repair.”