Jevgenia has had a fairly spectacular result from her ACL rupture.
She is a normally very fit and active lady who works as a wedding photographer. She was skiing on deep snow on the 28th of December 2017 and had a classic twisting injury to her left knee and presented with instability and a torn ACL.
She came to me because she was hoping for an ACL repair but there wasn't quite enough tissue to do that, so I went on and did what Bertrand Sonnery-Cottet has perfected and has led on - which is a biological SAMBA-type procedure. Here we place the new ACL (using hamstrings tendons) within the existing ACL, so that it has a 'jacket' or proprioceptive cover which brings in blood supply and nerve endings, and it does seem to me that we can get fairly spectacular results.
She had a type 1 tear and I was hoping to repair but there wasn’t quite enough tissue so I did this biological SAMBA-type ACL using her hamstrings which I reinforced with FiberTape as per my repair technique.
The surgery went remarkably well with no pain, but I must say that the outcome at two weeks is really off the charts - Jevgenia is walking with a normal gait, has a full range of motion with no swelling. So far we have had a great result ! I have actually had to tell her to 'apply brakes' and to slow down a little and to take it easy for the next month just to give the graft a chance to incorporate.