Op brings hope for athletes with knee injuries

Dominique Herman, Independent newspapers

ATHLETES who suffered career-ending knee injuries will now be able to play sport again with a new operation that a Cape Town knee surgeon learnt while on a trip to Belgium.

Ockie van Zyl is the first surgeon in Cape Town to perform the operation. The tearing of the meniscus, the cartilage between the femur and the tibia is the most common knee injury, he said.

By inserting a meniscus from a tissue bank in Pretoria via key-hole surgery, the patient is able to go back to sport three months later, after six weeks on crutches.

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