Dr Justin Roe with patient Abby Feurtado and her mother Catherine.

The incidence of Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury in children has risen three-fold over the past decade in Australia. Reconstructions that use traditional surgical techniques, such as recreating the torn ligament with the patient’s own hamstring, are, unfortunately, associated with high re-injury rates in young patients.

Dr Justin Roe and Associate Professor Leo Pinczewski of the Mater have developed a novel surgical technique for recreating the ACL, which uses donated tendon from the child’s parents.

Dr Juston Roe with award

Dr Justin Roe and Dr Leo Pincewski were recognised for their
work with a First Place Scientific Research Award, presented
at the ISAKOS global conference in 2013.

‘To stabilise young athletes’ knees, reduce the risk of re-injury, and provide them with the confidence to return to sport is a great thing. However, to have the ability to look at this new technique in an approved clinical trial with funds from The Friends of the Mater Foundation is very much appreciated.’

Dr Justin Roe, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Mater Hospital

The Foundation has funded a study to explore the outcomes of this surgery by assessing 100 children undergoing the new procedure over a period of two years. The findings relating to the new technique will have a substantial impact on the future of surgical practice of this nature throughout Australia, and assist young patients across the country.