Surgical Goals - consults with a Sports Surgeon

Nik Binning - rugby player's fastest recovery from multi-ligament knee dislocation

June 24, 2022 Nik Binning Season 1 Episode 13
Surgical Goals - consults with a Sports Surgeon
Nik Binning - rugby player's fastest recovery from multi-ligament knee dislocation
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Brilliant to catch up with former Premier League rugby player Nik Binning and hear his remarkable tale of recovery from serious knee injuries. Nik had already recovered from a bad ligament injury on one knee, only to suffer a multi-ligament dislocation to his left one. With unhappy memories of the first, slow, immobile 9-month recovery Nik tells us how his heart sank at the thought of going through that again so he decided to go chat with Prof Mackay about his new InternalBrace surgery.

The pair remember the meeting well - Nik was keen to avoid being laid up for months on end, losing all his precious fitness again and Prof Mackay thought that although it would be the first time he had used the technique for such a serious injury he was sure it could help accelerate Nik's recovery. And it did!

The pair saw a fair bit of each other during Nik's rehab and he aced it although Prof Mackay recalls his slight heart failure on hearing during a consult that his patient had taken up cage fighting! Nik returned to top-class rugby with his club Stirling county.

Nik still loves staying fit and active and taking part in some high-octane sports - a genuinely uplifting episode in the entertaining company of a determined athlete.

Nik's rugby career
Injury spurred him on to higher level
Working to get to the higher levels
First knee injury
Slow recovery takes it's toll
Mentally tough & isolating
Second knee injury
A shocker of an injury
Prof Mack explains - prompt attention needed in such cases
Nik not happy with initial advice
Off to see Gordon
InternalBrace a new technique
Nik was pioneer for this surgery
Why Nik choose this surgery
An astonshing recovery
A completely different recovery experience
Nik decides no more rugby - time for cage fighting instead!
Still active today but climbing is the new thing
Nik back to playing Premier League rugby
No knee issues
Nik continues to blaze a trail
How return to rugby felt to Nik
Nik's hard work in rehab and fitness paid off
Calling time (for now!) on rugby
Unofficial fastest recovery award!