Paedar O'Reilly, 39, is the director of an asset finance company, and one of the first to undergo ACJ dislocation surgery using a revolutionary synthetic ligament designed by OrthTeam consultant Matt Ravenscroft.
Patient - Paedar O'Reilly
I'm a keen triathlete and I compete in some of the world's toughest endurance races. Only 2 weeks before I was due to compete in my first full Iron Man challenge I was out on my bike when I was hit by a car.
I was taken by ambulance to A&E, where I was X-Rayed and sent home with an appointment for the fracture clinic the next day. I contacted my health insurance company and they referred me to Mr Barnes Morgan who recommended the Infinity-Lock surgery.
The surgery was a great success and I'm pleased to say I made a rapid recovery from the pain, and quickly resumed the use of my arm. A few days later I was back in work, and after only a few weeks I was back on my bike, driving, and training for another Iron Man challenge. I'm now looking forward to competing in Iron Man Florida in the US at the beginning of November 2016.
Surgeon - Barnes Morgan
Barnes Morgan is a Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon specialising in the care of patients with disorders of the shoulder and elbow.
The Acromioclavicular Joint (ACJ) is usually injured by a direct fall onto the point of the shoulder. The shoulder blade (scapula) is forced downwards and the clavicle (collarbone) appears prominent.
The injury is usually more common in young males and is common with rugby players, ice hockey players, as well as motorcycle and bicycle accidents.
I recommended the Infinity-Lock surgery as the appropriate treatment due to this new artificial ligament’s ease of use, versatility and it’s superior strength compared to others on the market.
The surgery was performed via a small conventional ‘open’ procedure, however the implant is also able to be inserted via arthroscopic (key-hole) surgery.
ACJ dislocation is a common injury and the new Infinity-Lock is a permanent, implantable artificial ligament for joint dislocations of this nature. It was actually designed by a fellow OrthTeam member, Matt Ravenscroft, who spent nearly 10 months designing the synthetic ligament. Mr Ravenscroft subsequently performed the world’s first arthroscopic Infinity-Lock operation in early 2016.
Most patients are suitable for this procedure, with rehabilitation time taking 6 weeks - 3 months alongside a course of physiotherapy.