The Internal Brace - the best thing for Ligament and Tendon repair in a generation

The Internal Brace in Essence

Developed by Professor Gordon Mackay between 2011 and 2014
The Internal Brace is effectively a tiny bungee cord made of a super-strong polymer which is attached to two screws inserted into the bones at each end of the ligament/tendon. This brace stabilises the joint, and allows the patient to begin light exercise within a week.

While the patient is gradually increasing the intensity and duration of exercise, the ligament/tendon grows through the lattice-structure of the bungee-cord and then quickly and naturally reattaches itself to the bone. Because the affected area does not need to be incapacitated, it does not need to be put in a plaster cast, which results in a loss of condition for the surrounding muscles and extends recovery time.
This results in an accelerated healing time. Instead of taking an average of 16 to 24 weeks to recover full function after a conventional ligament/tendon reconstruction, an Internal Brace will bring that time down to an average of 8 to 12 weeks.
As well as being applied to ligament and tendon damage, the Internal Brace can also be used to stabilise and repair a wide range of other serious injuries, such as thumb and elbow dislocation, or acromioclavicular dislocation.

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The InternalBrace - Case Studies

Copy here for the case studies As detailed in the case studies, one top-level rugby player, Rory Hutton (see video below), was back playing his first game of league rugby eight weeks to the day after the severe ankle injury he sustained saw him undergo ankle ligament reconstruction using Internal Bracing. Team GB bobsleigh pilot John Jackson was only able to compete in the Winter Olympics because he opted for an Internal Brace to repair a damaged Achille’s tendon.

Two International Netball players have regained pre-injury levels of function 12 weeks after their ACL rupture has been treated with the internal brace.
with the healing of their ACL confirmed by MRI. These exceptional outcomes are partly explained by the procedure’s preservation of nerve and blood supply and the avoidance of donor site problems thanks to the IB fixation, although the duration of recovery is also determined by the individual and the unique nature of their injury. The Internal Brace is quickly becoming a standard procedure in skiing and impact sports, especially in the USA, where it is being used in the NFL and NBA. It has also increasingly being used to repair injuries to non-sports people,such as to a Swedish ballerina with a ruptured ACL.

The InternalBrace in practice

Choose from the shoulder, ankle, knee or elbow below to see more information on Internal Brace options for each joint

Internal Brace in the ankle

Find out more about the use of the Internal Brace in ankle injuries

Internal Brace in knee injuries

Find out more about the Internal Brace in knee injuries

Internal Brace in shoulder injuries

The use of the Internal Brace in shoulder injuries