Career saving surgery at Spire Bristol

25 October 2010

We recently had an interesting patient visit us, a young professional footballer from Germany’s Bundesliga who had flown to Bristol with his doctor.

Ben Schwartz came to our specialist knee-clinic at Spire Bristol in the hope that our internationally renowned orthopaedic surgeon David Johnson could help him in one last-ditch attempt to save his career.

"I've had the injury for two years” Ben told the Bristol Evening Post, adding: “This is my last chance."

Patellar Tendonitis is a painful condition concerned with inflammation of the knee and is associated with running, jumping and impact sports like football.

It is one of the most common, sometimes career-ending, conditions in sport and has afflicted stars including Steffi Graff, Ronny Johnson and Ronaldo.

It’s also the injury which has plagued Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves and kept him out of the last World Cup.

The most successful treatment to date for the troublesome-to-treat condition was developed by our very own knee-specialist David Johnson whose work in the field of sports injury is highly regarded.

Mr Johnson’s pioneering procedure uses “arthroscopic” techniques, or keyhole surgery, and has been performed some 200 times.

The procedure takes less than an hour and patients are discharged as a ”day-case”.
Physiotherapy and rehabilitation starts at three weeks with a return to running and sport after 9-12 weeks.

Although it's too early to say for certain whether or not Ben will make a full recovery we are confident that Mr Johnson’s past success rate with this kind of injury means Ben should be back playing for 1860 Munich within four months.

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German footballer comes to Spire Bristol Hospital for treatment

Bundesliga footballer Ben Schwartz (centre) with Paul Taylor and David Johnson from Spire Bristol Hospital

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