I had an appointment with one of my doctors last Friday morning, and I told him about Ryan Taylor’s new ACL injury, although one thing I didn’t know was if it was the same knee he injured in August – but it’s yet another Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury.
Dr. Richard Steadman – worlds’ expert on knees
But the one thing he did say was who was the surgeon who did the operation – and the reply was he should be sent to Dr. Richard Steadman in Colorado, who is the world’s expert on knee injuries, which is why he’s located in Vail, Colorado (97 miles east of Denver) – where skiers pick up those kinds of injuries.
And he’s operated on the Brazilian International Ronaldo, Alan Shearer, Michael Owen and Ruud van Nistelrooy to name just a few famous footballers, and he fixed up those players – and he has a fantastic reputation – and of course he’s not cheap either.
Here’s Dr. Steadman’s professional web site for the Steadman Clinic, and he has letters and stuff from former famous patients – a lot of them in football – thanking him for saving their careers.
Richard is also a Clinical Professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas and he’s now 76 years old – so he’s not getting any younger – but who is? 😀
After an ACL operation the knee should be stronger – so if it’s the same knee something has gone wrong – and Ryan deserves to be sent to Colorado to have the world’s best fix his knee.
We look forward to seeing “over the wall” Ryan plant quite a few more goals direct from free kicks in the future – and maybe Sunderland again.
And Ryan is such a great guy too – let’s get him fixed up properly so when he does come back he has a lot more years left in football.
The Journal is reporting this morning that club medics are looking at the possibility of sending the 28-year-old to Colorado for his operation – and we hope that happens.
Here’s an interview Richard had with the BBC, and the surgeon had this to say:
“The success rate is the thing that makes people choose a physician. We do have a very good success rate, and with recognizable patients. It’s not to say I’m a better surgeon, it’s to do with the system we’ve created here.”
“We have a good situation for surgery, an excellent rehabilitation area and there’s some advantage to the fact we’re fairly remote.” “We also have a major research foundation that has a tie-in to our clinic. So, not only do we do the surgery, we also do the follow-up.”
“If someone has a problem, we’re able to say what their chances of success with surgery are, relying on the data we build up.”
We’ll keep an eye on these developments, but we know all about Dr. Steadman – he’s simply the best – and that’s what Ryan deserves.
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