As the surgeon for the Scottish Rugby Union, Professor Mackay has operated on a huge number of rugby players, many of them current internationalists who have suffered ligament or tendon damage, such as Max Evans, whose knee Professor Mackay successfully reconstructed in 2009.
His work with rugby players includes the innovative arthroscopic distal biceps repair with which he extended Scotland captain Bryan Redpath’s career. The photo below shows players in Frank Hadden’s Scottish squad on whom Professor Mackay successfully operated.
Professor Mackay’s pioneering Internal Brace technology has been particularly suited to rugby’s high-impact injuries to the shoulder, knee and ankle. Two recent operations on rugby players with severe injuries demonstrate just what can be achieved using the Internal Brace.
The first was on the ankle of Oliver Bryant. Within three weeks of surgery, the Leicester Tigers threequarter was running at 50% body weight on anti gravity treadmill.
Even more remarkable was the case of Hawick threequarter Rory Hutton (see video below), who played a league game eight weeks to the day after sustaining severe grade 3 ligament damage to his ankle, and subsequently undergoing an acute repair of his ankle ligaments using an Internal Brace.
Recently Professor Mackay was able to help rugby player Nick Binning make an amazing recovery after a serious knee dislocation injury which left him with possible career ending multi-ligament damage. Using the pioneering technique of Internal Bracing to fix the damage, Nick’s recovery has been absolutely remarkable as this video below shows