Dr Mark Heard receiving the ISAKOS award on behalf of the Stability Group

BSMF Research Part of Award Winning Stability Team!

BSMF Chairman and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr. Mark Heard, was the presenting author and member of the Stability study research study team that received the prestigious Jan I. Gillquist Scientific Research Award at the 2019 International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery & Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS) Congress.

Stability Study certificate presented to Dr Mark Heard

The Stability team were one of four finalists selected based on the quality of their research and presentation, which was entitled:

“Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction with or without a Lateral Extra-Articular Tenodesis: Analysis of Complications from the ISAKOS-sponsored Stability Study”

This paper forms part of the larger Stability study that sought to answer the following questions: 1) In the high-risk ACL patient, does the addition of a lateral extra-articular tenodesis (LET) decrease the rate of re-rupture or clinical failure of a hamstring ACL?; and 2) Are complications associated with this additional procedure sufficiently frequent or severe to deter a surgeon from performing it?

“Re-rupture rates, or rupture of the opposite ACL up to 2 years after surgery have been reported to be as high as 22% and 24% respectively”

The results of this international multicenter randomized clinical trial showed that performing a LET decreased the relative risk of ACL graft rupture by 66%.

In addition, the complications associated with LET were not substantial and should not dissuade the surgeon from performing this additional technique at the time of ACL reconstruction.

This award was the result of the contributions of the entire Stability team of researchers who participated in this 600-patient study led by Dr. Alan Getgood at Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine in London.

BSMF recruited 24% of the patients included in this study.

In addition to BSMF, other centres included Fraser Health Authority, University of Calgary, McMaster University, Queens University, and Pan Am Clinic in Canada, as well as centres in Coventry, U.K., Antwerp and Belgium.

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