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The Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) joins the thigh bone to the shin bone at the knee joint, and provides stability to the joint.

Causes of an ACL tear

An ACL tear and other knee ligament injuries are often caused by playing sports such as football, netball and rugby due to the nature of sudden twists, turns and overextending the leg.

Symptoms

If you have a ACL tear you will probably be experiencing pain and your knee giving way, as well as have limited mobility to your leg.

ACL reconstructive surgery

Surgery can consist of repairing the torn ligament by stitching it back together, or using a graft of tissue from elsewhere in your body or a donor. The joint surface or cartilage may also be repaired if it is damaged. You will then have physiotherapy rehabilitation to help build your strength back up again and get back you on your feet and active again.

Surgery can be performed using a minimally invasive approach (key hole surgery) to reduce your stay in hospital and speed up your recovery time.

How do I book a consultation?

You can book either a face to face or virtual consultation with Mr Makrides by contacting his secretary. You can find her details here.

Appointments are available via private medical insurance or paying for yourself. Click here for the most up to date self funding fees, and here for private medical insurance information.


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Sports enthusiast Neil experienced sudden knee pain which was so severe it inhibited his mobility and left him unable to climb the stairs and enjoy his daily life.

After consultation with Mr Makrides from Midland Hip and Knee Clinic, he had a partial knee replacement and was back at the gym squatting just 3 months after his operation, and has recently, 4 months after his knee surgery, posted the fastest rowing times recorded by Concept 2’s contributors (ages 60-69) around the world so far this season at 1000 and 2000 metres.

Neil, experienced popping and clicking in his right knee for a few years until he suffered a severe sharp pain which left him in excruciating pain and unable to bear weight on his joint, making his job as a Gym Manager untenable, and no longer able to pursue his love of exercise and physical challenges.

After visiting his GP and being given a course of anti-inflammatories for arthritic wear and tear of the knee joint, he had a short period of improved mobility but decided to pursue surgery to enable him to get back to his active lifestyle.

Neil was treated by Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Mr Panos Makrides at Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull. His main desire from the outcome of surgery was to get into the top ten UK times for 2000 metres in his age group on Concept 2’s indoor rowing ranking, after not being able to progress rowing over the past 2 years due to his knee pain.

Neil says, ‘Mr Makrides, while managing my expectations, reassured me that normal function and my rowing were achievable.’

Following surgery, Neil was able to work through the post operative rehabilitation exercises well enough to be discharged within 24 hours, and continue follow up physiotherapy appointments to aid his recovery further. 

Just a few months after his partial knee replacement surgery, he was back on the rowing machine and posted the fastest time recorded by Concept 2’s contributors (ages 60-69) around the world so far this season at 1000 and 2000 metres.

Neil says, ‘I’ve been shocked how quickly I have been able to perform at an excellent level. I am delighted to think that within 10 months of a partial knee replacement I have every chance of setting a new GBR 1000m record, aiming to challenge for the 2000m record and maybe have a chance of qualifying to compete at C2’s World Championships in Toronto in Feb 2023’.

How do I book a consultation?

You can book either a face to face or virtual consultation with Mr Makrides by contacting his secretary. You can find her details here.

Appointments are available via private medical insurance or paying for yourself. Click here for the most up to date self funding fees, and here for private medical insurance information.


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