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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If you have any questions about consulting the Mackay Clinic for treatment, surgery - including with the InternalBrace, then you have come to the right page

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General Questions About Consulting The Mackay Clinic

For Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow and Kings Park Hospital in Stirling – call BMI directly.

For Space Clinic in Edinburgh - call the clinic directly

£195

First consultation is £195     Follow up consultations £95

You would have to call the BMI Enquiry Centre regularly to check for cancellations

Please make a follow up appointment to discuss findings and future care.

No, a follow up appointment should be booked for the results to discuss findings and view images.

Professor Mackay will not be able to call. If you email the office we will make sure your query is forwarded to him.

Professor Mackay does not do telephone consultations. If you email the office we will make sure your query is forwarded and answered.

The patient is responsible for arranging their own appointments, both initial consultation and and follow ups offered.

The only appointment the patient is not responsible for arranging is the post-op (10-12 days after procedure). This will be arranged by the ward on discharge.

Most insurance companies.

AXA PPP, Health-on-Line, and Simply Health.

Yes.

W9040

£50 plus the consultation fee (Please be aware that the hospital may also charge a fee for this)

Yes, 14 years and over.

A GP or physiotherapy referral is always helpful, and if insured it is required. If you are self funding it is not essential.

Yes, Clinical assessment and advice at your consultation is still charged if you choose not to have surgery.

Professor Mackay holds clinics at:

Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow.

Kings Park Hospital in Stirling

Space Clinic in Edinburgh

The office of the Mackay Clinic is in Stirling.

Surgery with the Mackay Clinic

Undergoing surgery with the Mackay Clinic

Please note Professor Mackay's office in Stirling cannot book patients for Theatre. Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow make all theatre bookings.

Please call Ross Hall Hospital direct theatre line (they handle booking for both hospitals) on 0141 303 1419.

BMI Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow handle all theatre booking so please call them on to check your booking date.

This depends on the procedure you are having (and your location). Theatre bookings will be able to advise. Theatres are held at Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow and Kings Park Hospital in Stirling.

This depends on the procedure you are having. Theatre bookings at Ross Hall Hospital will be able to advise.

For patients travelling from a distance we can arrange a consultation on a Monday with surgery on a Wednesday, or a consultation on a Wednesday with surgery on the Friday. We do not recommend flying shorthaul within 2-4 weeks of surgery or 4-6 weeks if flying longhaul. However if Professor Mackay is happy with your progress then you many able to fly sooner with relevant flight precautions.

Your post-op appointment will be given to you on discharge from the hospital (10-12 days after the procedure).

Your first follow-up appointment, post surgery, is included. Any further review appointments, if required, will be charged at the follow-up price of £95.

It is very important to have a post op appointment.  The nurse will check your wound and stitches/staples will be removed.  If you cannot make the appointment please contact your GP practice and ask if they will carry out a post op appointment with the practice nurse.

Stitches are disolveable, but outer stitches/staples will be taken out at post op appointment (no more than 12 days after procedure).

The nurse led clinic is for post-op patients (first appointment after surgery).  Yes, you will see Professor Mackay and the nurse.

If your procedure was on your left knee you can drive an automatic, but if it is your right knee you will not be able to drive immediately after you procedure.  Driving is usually expected somewhere between 7 and 28 days after surgery, depending on the procedure.

The more settled the joint, the better the outcome.   Physiotherapy may help

No, wait until your post op appointment and discuss then

InternalBrace Surgery with the Mackay Clinic

Professor Mackay gives the answers to your questions about the InternalBrace

The InternalBrace is a seatbelt to protect a reconstruction or a direct repair.

Reconstruction is traditionally carried out when the tissues are unable to heal. The tissues that are injured are removed and replaced with donor tissue either harvested locally (usually from the hamstring) or from another patient in the form of an allograft

Patient friendly, allows rapid return to normal life such as driving and work. Respects biology, conserving natural tissue including bone stock, nerves and vessels. Recovery time is generally reduced by half, it is hoped that this will reduce the risk of osteoarthritis.

IB technology can help to reduce the recovery time and minimise surgical trauma when combined with conventional techniques.

Yes, ideally you would want to be seen within 5-6 weeks, however each case varies and it is often possible for a successful outcome beyond this time frame. This would be discussed when clinically assessed. 

The Internal Brace is a surgical suture tape which is placed within the repaired or reconstructed ligament and is positioned like a seatbelt to protect it.

The InternalBrace can be removed but it does afford a degree of protection from further injury and is usually left. It is safe in the body, but is removed in the growing child to avoid restriction of growth.

The InternalBrace allows the healing ligament to grow through it. It is not a synthetic ligament and only protects the ligament repair.

No, the InternalBrace is not designed to be a synthetic ligament. It is not strong enough and only provides support during the early phase of recovery while the ligament repair or graft is healing and remodelling. This facilitates and protects the ligament during early mobilisation.

Unfortunately the InternalBrace is not indestructible and only provides protection for the natural ligament.

The InternalBrace is not indestructable and re-injury can occur. It doesn't prevent reconstruction in the future, if required.

There is a small metal button on either side.

Yes.

No, the cost is the same

Yes, recovery is far quicker, but can vary from patient to patient

See specific joint Q&A below

All ligament repairs can be protected with the InternalBrace to accelerate mobilisation and recovery. It currently has 18 applications, including ligaments relating to the ankle, shoulder, knee, wrist and hand.

InternalBrace Knee Surgery

InternalBrace Knee Surgery

For a desk job 2-4 weeks, for a more physical job 6-8 weeks with modified duties.

Two to four weeks – as long as you are comfortable and confident carrying out an emergency stop.

Yes

InternalBrace Ankle Surgery

InternalBrace Ankle surgery

For Ligament surgery a boot will have to be worn for 2 weeks, for Achillies repair the boot will have to be worn for 6 weeks.

For a desk job 2-4 weeks, for a more physical job 6-8 weeks with modified duties

2-4 weeks – as long as you are comfortable and confident carrying out an emergency stop.

Yes

InternalBrace Shoulder Surgery

InternalBrace Shoulder Surgery

You will be in a sling for a couple of days

For a desk job 2-4 weeks, for a more physical job 6-8 weeks with modified duties

2-4 weeks – as long as you are comfortable and confident carrying out an emergency stop

Paying for my Treatments and Surgery

Treatment Payment questions

Consultation fees will be invoiced to you from The Mackay Clinic.

BMI Healthcare offer a fixed priced funding package for self funding patients. (Click here to see). This must be settled prior to surgery.

 

Your first follow-up appointment, post surgery, is included. Any further review appointments, if required, will be charged at the follow-up price of £95.

Payment has to be made before surgery.

 

If you still have questions?

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