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Knee ligament surgery

What is knee ligament surgery?

Orthopaedic Specialists offers world leading expertise in knee ligament surgery, headed up by Professor Adrian Wilson who has pioneered many of the techniques used for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repair and anterolateral ligament (ALL) repair, an alternative to reconstruction for damaged cruciate ligaments. He is one of the most experienced surgeons in Europe in carrying out these techniques in adults and children.

Professor Philip Schoettle is also a global expert in knee ligament reconstruction and perfected a technique for medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) reconstruction which has been name the ‘Schoettle point.’

Mr Raghbir Khakha , completes the knee ligament team.

David’s successful knee reconstruction story

“I was ski racing in January 2017 and regularly go ski touring so, it’s safe to say that the knee has surpassed every test so far.”

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery

Not everyone who has an ACL injury needs to have surgery. In some cases, it’s possible to regain knee stability with a personalised course of physiotherapy, along with wearing a knee brace when taking part in sport. However, most people have to modify their activities to avoid their knee giving way and pain. If you compete at a high level, where you put additional stress on your knee, you are more likely to need a surgical procedure. If your knee frequently gives way during normal everyday activities, this can cause further damage.

  • anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructionACL reconstruction involves removing existing tissue and then carrying out a graft. This uses either the patient’s own tissue (autograft), usually from the hamstrings or patella tendon, or donated human tissue (allograft) to make a new ACL. Tunnels are created in the shin and thigh bone so that the graft can be fixed in place. It’s usually carried out as a day case procedure using keyhole surgeryProfessor Adrian Wilson has helped to pioneer the new “All Inside ACL technique” and is considered one of the leading surgeons globally to carry out this less invasive technique for reconstructing the anterior cruciate ligament.
  • anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repairUsing a technique that Professor Wilson has helped to pioneer and using surgical instruments that he helped to design, it is now possible to repair the ACL by stitching the torn ends of the ligaments together and creating an ‘internal brace’ of fibre tape that holds the joint in the correct position. The fibre tape is passed through tiny tunnels drilled into the bones to fix the ligament securely and is so strong that patients are able to walk normally and carry out their daily activities only a few days after surgery. It is usually carried out as a day case procedure using keyhole surgery

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery

New procedures for treating anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries

Adrian has pioneered a number of procedures to treat ligament injuries, including new techniques for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction.

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