A month later and David was in Andy’s consultation room in Fortius Clinic in the City of London.
Before he even examined me, he just listened. It was the first time I felt like anyone had really listened to me
Andy reviewed David’s knee and did some tests, noting that contrary to previous advice, the knee ligaments were not ‘hypermobile’ but that the knee had a greater than usual range of hyperextension, and that there was very clear examination evidence of a loose ACL. Andy agreed that on reviewing the MRI the graft had stretched and gave David two options; either have surgery or continue with physiotherapy. Andy told David that there was no reason why he couldn’t play football or even rugby in the future’. David felt his confidence had been restored, and a future of triathlons and sport was no longer a distant dream.
“I’d like to do an Ironman competition, that’s what I’m eventually aiming for. I decided to go ahead with paying for surgery as I figured I would spend the same amount on training for a triathlon, so long as I was in the centre of my treatment and involved in the decisions then I wanted to go ahead.”
Two weeks later David underwent surgery in central London where Andy did a full ACL reconstruction and a tenodesis to give him more stability on the outer side of his knee.
Andy said of David's operation "it went very well and with David’s hard work in rehabilitation, and no set backs he has the potential to achieve a full functional recovery. Although a return to sport will be possible from 9 months from surgery the fine-tuning always means a full recovery takes around 2 years - a long haul but worth it. Obviously it is too early to make assumptions."
David has since been undergoing intensive rehab on the road to his Ironman …..