Case Study: Skiing at Verbier in Switzerland - Highgate Private Hospital

Case Study: Skiing at Verbier in Switzerland

Whilst enjoying his holiday in Switzerland in 2012, Mark noticed the snow was getting a little slushy towards the bottom of the slope and his bindings were fastened too tightly.  He is a keen and confident skier, first learning how to ski in his twenties as a means of keeping himself fit.  Although being seasoned on the slopes, this combination caused him to fall and his bindings did not release which caused a severe spiral fracture of his tibia.  The tibial bone is the shin bone that forms the front part of the leg from the knee down.  Mark recalls, “you never forget the level of pain from a fracture.  It was really was horrific, and I soon discovered that the bone along my leg had twisted 180 degrees, which was very serious and limb threatening.  At the time, I wasn't sure how my body was going to recover from something like that”.

Mark was initially hospitalised locally for a week in Switzerland, as he was unable to fly due to the immediate damage.  During his time in hospital, he phoned Mr Simon Moyes and his transfer back the UK was organised. 

Mark’s tibial fracture was surgically repaired using a minimally invasive technique to aid the healing process.  Mr Simon Moyes monitored his recovery and regularly checked on the healing of his fracture following surgery. He also provided guidance regarding weight-bearing status, exercise, physiotherapy, as well as diet and nutrition.   Throughout his 4 month recovery, Mark work wore a range of supports to assist in the fusing of his tibia back together.

By July 2012, Mark was able to fully bear weight on his injured leg and his activity levels increased.  Mark found the metalwork prominent and bothersome, but it was removed the following year in April 2013, and since Mark has made a 100% recovery.

Mark said, “it took a whole year until I was able to fully recover, but I felt my recovery under Mr Moyes’ direction was considered with stages of real progression, was invaluable to me psychologically and physically, giving me the ability to cope with each stage. A serious accident like this does put your life on hold and can be very frustrating, but the trusted guidance of an expert is very reassuring.”


Mr Simon Moyes is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in arthroscopic and minimally invasive surgery to the knee, shoulder, foot and ankle.  He is now in full time private practice at Highgate Private Hospital and is available by appointment only. To book your appointment please call 020 8341 4182 or email

He was a lecturer in orthopaedics at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital before taking up his consultancy at UCL and also did visiting fellowships at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney and the Southern California Orthopaedic Institute in Los Angeles.  His special interests are in cartilage restoration and repair techniques.

The above patient of Mr Simon Moyes agreed to have his story told as a case study.

Date: 06/08/2015
By: technical