Nick Hannah - knee surgery

Nick Hannah, from Brighouse had knee surgery at Spire Leeds Hospital in September 2012 under the care of consultant orthopaedic surgeon Mr Stuart Calder.

"I completed the 10k race in 47 minutes, it felt fantastic to be pain free"
Nick Hannah, Brighouse
Nick Hannah had knee surgery at Spire Leeds Hospital

Competitive Triathlete, Nick, was aiming to reach the pinnacle of his sport and had just landed a lucrative sponsorship deal when he was struck down with a serious knee injury.  Nick, 36, had to face the possibility that his competitive triathlon days might be over when ITB Friction Syndrome (llotibial Band syndrome), a debilitating condition common to runners, brought his sporting activities to a halt last August.

“Due to the pain I couldn’t train for the intensity or duration required to maintain and improve my running times,” said Nick. “I had to stop competing in all running events and triathlons. It was devastating.”

Today he has fully recovered and recently completed his first 10k race since having surgery at Spire Leeds Hospital.

Prior to his injury, Nick a married father of two and an IT manager for HSBC bank in Sheffield, had competed in around nine competitions. He was treated at Spire Leeds Hospital by consultant orthopaedic knee surgeon, Stuart Calder.

“This was a serious injury for a competitive triathlete,” said Mr. Calder. “The surgery is relatively uncommon as most cases settle with non-surgical treatment.”

In Nick’s case, conservative (i.e. non-surgical) treatment had failed to resolve the symptoms. His treatment prior to surgery included intensive physiotherapy and steroid injection.

Mr. Calder explained the procedure he performed; “The surgery involved a release of the ITB, by making a small skin incision over the outer side of the knee (over the ITB) with multiple little incisions into the tight part of the band to lengthen it without cutting it (‘pie crusting’).”

Nick, a member of Wakefield Triathlon Club, fits his training around work and family life. His training programme sees him train six hours a week – a mix of running, cycling and swimming. Nick aims to build up his training to qualify for the opportunity to represent Great Britain at Triathlons. He will race in a Triathlon in April, the GB in May and has entered Tough Mudder in November, a 13 mile assault course. His sponsorship continues - he has just entered his 2nd year as part of the Tri UK sponsored Race Team. Tri UK is the world’s largest Triathlon store.

Commenting after his recent Wakefield Triathlon Club 10k race, Nick said, “I was nervous beforehand as I knew it would be a significant challenge. I completed in 47 minutes and it felt fantastic to be pain free.”

Mr. Calder added. “It’s very satisfying to know that Nick competed in his first 10k race since his surgery without pain.”

ITB Syndrome

ITB Syndrome is one of the most common causes of lateral knee pain in runners. The iliotibial band is a superficial thickening of tissue on the outside of the thigh, extending from the outside of the pelvis, over the hip and knee, and inserting just below the knee. The band is crucial to stabilizing the knee during running, moving from behind the femur to the front while walking. The continual rubbing of the band over the lateral femoral epicondyle, combined with the repeated flexion and extension of the knee during running may cause the area to become inflamed.

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