Space Clinics
Gordon Mackay – MD FRCS (Ortho)

Orthopaedic Consultant, Sports Surgeon and Clinical Director

  • A world-leading sports surgeon and the inventor of the revolutionary Internal Brace, Scottish orthopaedic surgeon Professor Gordon Mackay is based at the Kings Park Hospital in Stirling but also operates at Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow and has weekly clinics at Space Clinics, Edinburgh. He has worked extensively with the Scottish Rugby Union, Rangers and Celtic football clubs and Scotland’s Olympians via his link with the Scottish Institute of Sport. He was also the official doctor for the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles and for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The Internal Brace
  • The internationally renowned Internal Brace was developed by SPACE Orthopaedic Director Professor Gordon Mackay between 2011 and 2014.
  • The Internal Brace is effectively a tiny bungee cord made of a super-strong polymer that is attached to two screws inserted into the bones at each end of the injured ligament/tendon. This brace stabilises the joint and allows the patient to begin light exercise within a week.  While the patient gradually increases the intensity and duration of exercise, the ligament/tendon grows through the lattice structure of the bungee cord and then quickly and naturally reattaches itself to the bone. The affected area does not need to be incapacitated nor put in a plaster cast, which can cause a loss of condition for the surrounding muscles and an extended recovery time. As a result recovery time is accelerated. Instead of taking an average of 16 to 24 weeks to recover full function after a conventional ligament/tendon reconstruction, an Internal Brace will bring that time down to an average of 8 to 12 weeks. 
  • As well as being applied to ligament and tendon damage, the Internal Brace can also be used to stabilise and repair a wide range of other serious injuries, such as thumb and elbow dislocation, or acromioclavicular dislocation.
  • The Internal Brace is quickly becoming a standard procedure in skiing and impact sports, especially in the USA, where it is being used in the NFL and NBA
  • Link for Internal Brace Video

Shoulder Injury Specialities
  • Shoulder instability- arthroscopic techniques to restore normal function and to accelerate return to sport and work.
  • SLAP repair
  • A/C joint reconstruction- immediate mobilisation after reconstruction augmented with Internal Brace.
  • Subacromial decompression for impingement
  • Frozen shoulder – arthroscopic release or injection
  • Clavicular fracture fixation
  • Elbow arthroscopy
  • Tennis/ golfers elbow
  • UCL repair

Ankle Injury Specialities
  • Instability
  • Achilles Repair
  • Achilles Repair with Internal Brace
  • Ankle Arthroscopy

Knee Injury Specialities
  • ACL with Internal Brace
  • Cartilage Repair
  • Osteochondral Lesions
  • Patellar Instability
  • PCL Repair/Reconstruction
  • Medial Ligament Repair with Internal Brace
  • MCL Reconstruction
  • Multiple Ligament Repair
  • Partial Joint Replacement
  • Arthroscopy
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