This was a rare chance to look at a ligament reconstructed using an InternalBrace, and the conclusion was that the procedure not only makes recovery faster, in this case it also avoided the damage caused by traditional reconstructions.
ACL reconstruction with the InternalBrace
If ever there was a case which highlights the benefits of the Internal Brace, it is that of former Olympic skier Alain Baxter. The Scot starts in 2014 which was a horrible year for the Scot – not only did he mangle the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in his knee, but he was then rushed to hospital with adult-onset Still’s Disease which saw him suffer multiple organ failure and almost die. However, barely two months after he was rushed to hospital and less than five months after his ACL reconstruction, he was back on the slopes after making two truly remarkable recoveries.
Alain’s recovery from his ACL came with the fitting of an Internal Brace. A video of Alain tells a thousand words: he squats on one leg, going all the way down until his bottom touches his ankle and then, incredibly, has enough strength and stability in his reconstructed knee to rise back to a standing position, a manoeuvre he would never have been able to do with a conventional ACL reconstruction.
However, the Internal Brace that Professor Mackay fitted in Alain’s knee has been more successful than anyone could have ever imagined. Just how successful was confirmed when, four years after the initial operation, Professor Mackay performed an arthroscopy after Alain ricked his knee in the dad’s race at his son’s school sports day and was stunned to find that Alain’s damaged ACL was completely healed. This was a rare chance to look at a ligament reconstructed using an Internal Brace, and the conclusion was that the procedure not only makes recovery faster, in this case it also avoided the damage caused by traditional reconstructions and removed the risk of osteoarthritis.
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