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Offline StupidSkiBindings

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Who is the best surgeon? Whats the best procedure?
« on: January 29, 2009, 01:40:01 PM »
I've been trying to drum up the courage to get my ACL reconstructed but each time I revist the subject I find myself going round in the same old circles, patella graft, allograft.... UK sugeon, surgeon abroad.... I want to get it done but I'm firghtend to death of a)something going wrong in the op and b) having constant pain afterwards. I'd imagine most of you that have had reconstruction have felt the same. Is there any advice you can give me that might help me finally take the plunge....

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Re: Who is the best surgeon? Whats the best procedure?
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2009, 02:39:28 PM »
Hi there,

Surgery can be very daunting and not knowing how it will go.

ACL surgery has about a 90% success rate, so you have a great chance of a good recovery as long as you follow the advice of your surgeon and physiotherapist.

I guess the things you need to weigh up are :

- what are the benefits of having the surgery ?
- how would my life be impacted if I didn't have the surgery ?
- what have I got to lose ?
- costs of the operation and recovery ?
- do I want to go publicly or privately ?
- time off work
- recovery time
- when is the best timing for this surgery ?

Allografts are generally not as strong as an autograft, i.e. taking it from your own body. It terms of deciding the type of graft that is best discussed with your surgeon based on your own body. My OS in Melbourne has a preference for hamstring rather than patella tendon but can often depend on the patient.

If you decide to go ahead with the operation make sure you go to a surgeon that specialises in knees and has done a lot of ACL reconstructions.

What part of the UK are you in ?

Good luck in making you decision. I hope some of this helps.

By the way, there is no such thing as the best surgeon. It often depends on the experience of the surgeon and the relationship you have with them. I have a really good rapport with my knee surgeon, which makes a big difference and really trust him. A lot of it comes down to personality types too.
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Re: Who is the best surgeon? Whats the best procedure?
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2009, 04:25:29 PM »
Mr derek gorgeous bickerstaff in sheffield uk will sort you... check him out . with out him I wouldnt have my legs today and he is amiazing
Contact me for more info
H xx
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Re: Who is the best surgeon? Whats the best procedure?
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2009, 12:21:43 PM »
Hi there,

If you are in London or not far from it I can give the name of a good sports medicine clinic in London. Also got some names of some top knee surgeons in Melbourne.

It is so important to see someone that specialises in knees and can put your mind at ease.
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Re: Who is the best surgeon? Whats the best procedure?
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2009, 01:46:18 PM »
Hi there,

Might have found it already on kneeguru website list of top OS's in the world and sure to find a good one on the list. I am hoping to be seeing Mr Marcus Green who ment to be very good, my brother in law saw him in summer 2008 and said he was very good at his job. Mr Green works in Birmingham both private and NHS and can google search him if you like to know more about him.

http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEnotes/node/284

Good luck in finding an OS.

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Re: Who is the best surgeon? Whats the best procedure?
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2009, 08:13:32 PM »
I did it, Finally. I found a surgeon in Lytham St Annes who specialises in knees and uses the orthopilot machine to help position the grafts more accurately. After haveing an MRI and another orthroscopy the surgeon told me I would also need the LCL doing as it was in such a bad way that it would put the ACL graft at risk. I had both done at the same time which meant grafts being taken from both legs whch makes getting around a bit more difficult post op. Initially I was going to go private but when I lost my job as a result of the financial downturn things looked pretty bleak but it jst so happened that the Surgeon was in the process of setting up a new clinic in Salford (Machester) where they were intending on building the hospital around him as a centre of knee excelence. Being in IT I helped get the clinic up and running on choose and book and then made sure I was the first person to get on the clinic. Anyway the op is now done and apart from a few cockups with the splinting arrangement (I'm 6ft 5 and they didn't have a splint to fit) I'm now in a backslab two weeks post op. I go back to the clinic in a couple of days to have some stables taken out at which timeI'm hoping they have a proper splint else it's back in the slab.

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Re: Who is the best surgeon? Whats the best procedure?
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2009, 08:28:08 PM »
Oh Yeah - If you are interested the surgeon is Dr Shameem Sampath and the clinic is called Blue Spot Knee Clinic at the Oaklands Hospital Salford Manchester. It's too early to determine the level of success but I'll keep you all informed as it progresses.

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