Sports Ankle, Knee and Shoulder surgery


Sports Ankle, Knee and Shoulder Surgery


Sports Ankle, Knee and Shoulder Surgery

Helping you heal to keep you active

Here at the Mackay Clinic we repair and revitalise damaged joints, making them stronger than ever

Helping you heal to keep you active

Here at the Mackay Clinic we repair and revitalise joints, making them stronger than ever

Injuries we see, and treat

Ankle Injuries

The ankle is the most frequently injured joint in sport, accounting for one in six injuries. If untreated, degenerative change and arthritis can result. Modern techniques allow the joint to be treated with rehabilitation or keyhole surgery. Ligament repair with the InternalBrace can restore normal function and accelerate recovery, removing the need for prolonged immobilisation and allowing a quicker return to work and play.

Shoulder Injuries

Trauma injuries like shoulder dislocations often occur in high-impact sports like rugby and judo, but less obvious damage to the shoulder can be caused by repetitive overload in the gym. Keyhole surgery and our unique early mobilisation programme can restore a good range of movement within two weeks so that you can get back to important everyday tasks like driving. Twelve weeks is usually sufficient for full contact.

Knee Injuries

Whether you ski, play football or run, knee injuries can be devastating and long-term. If you have damaged ligaments, we use keyhole surgery to repair and reconstruct ligaments which we InternallyBrace. The ligament can be made stronger and the joint more stable with the InternalBrace. This minimally invasive approach may also reduce the likelihood of arthritis in later life. One elite skier successfully skied off piste 10 weeks later after having his ruptured ACL internally braced.


Professor Gordon Mackay, Orthopaedic Surgeon

World-leading sports surgeon Professor Gordon Mackay started a revolution in sports medicine when he invented the Internal Brace. This innovation repairs damaged ligaments in half the time of standard techniques, and without damaging side-effects. The Internal Brace is now the gold standard, with Professor Mackay treating many high-profile professional sports people as well as non-sporting patients.

The InternalBrace

The most exciting step forward in tendon and ligament repair techniques in decades

The InternalBrace

The most exciting step forward in tendon and ligament repair techniques in decades

What is the InternalBrace?

The InternalBrace is a remarkable, non absorbable ribbon (2mm in diameter) which can protect any ligament repair or reconstruction. It acts like a seatbelt mimicking normal anatomy and providing protection only if the repaired ligament is excessively loaded and at risk of injury. It has revolutionised the way patients recover, and the time in which they do so.

Initially developed by Professor Gordon Mackay in 2010, the InternalBrace is effectively a tiny bungee cord made of a super-strong ultra-high molecular weight ethylene polymer which is attached into the bones at each end of the ligament/tendon. This material has been used in over 2 million patients since 2003 and found to be inert with a remarkable safety record. This brace stabilises the joint, crucially allowing patients to begin light exercise within a week.

While exercise is gradually increasing in intensity and duration, the ligament/tendon grows through the lattice-structure of the InternalBrace and then quickly and naturally remodels and, in some cases, reattaches itself to bone. Because the affected area does not need to be incapacitated, it does not need to be put in a plaster cast, which means minimal loss of condition for the surrounding muscles and a shortened recovery time



The InternalBrace can reduce recovery time by as much as 50%


80% of ankle surgeries done with InternalBracing are able to walk within days


85% of shoulder surgeries treated with the InternalBrace can mobilise without a sling

Your Patient Journey

We aim to make attending The Mackay Clinic as simple and easy a procedure as possible - follow a typical patient journey here


Consultation will tell you if you need surgery and what that will entail


If you need surgery this will be carried out at one of our 2 centrally situated hospitals

After care

We discharge you with full information about your aftercare and follow up appointments


We aim to make our system of payments transparent and easy to understand

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