27. October 2017

Downhill skiing world champion, Ilka Stuhec, undergoes a successful knee operation

The Slovenian Ilka Stuhec, downhill skiing world champion in St. Moritz in 2017 and winner of the downhill World Cup 2016/2017, has undergone knee surgery at the University Hospital in Basel. According to the operating surgeon, Prof. Niklaus Friederich, the operation on the cruciate ligament was a success. Ilka Stuhec will nevertheless miss the entire skiing world cup season 2017/2018 as well as the Winter Olympic Games in the South Korean city of Pyeongchang.

 

Ilka Stuhec would doubtless have wished for a more enjoyable birthday. On the Thursday of her 27th birthday, she underwent knee surgery at the University Hospital Basel (USB). The operation was necessary following a training accident in the Pitztal Valley in Tyrol in which the Slovenian ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament of her left knee.

Lasting about one and a half hours, the operation was performed by a team directed by Prof. Niklaus Friederich, the senior physician in the orthopedics and traumatology department at the USB. According to Niklaus Friederich, the operation was a success, and Ilka Stuhec was able to begin initial therapy immediately after she was transferred to the hospital ward.

Long break from competition

During a crash in training, Ilka Stuhec ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament of her left knee. The meniscus and cartilage were undamaged. The downhill world champion will nevertheless not be able to race for several months.

According to Niklaus Friederich, “If the healing process runs normally and is accompanied by intensive therapy and targeted training, Ilka Stuhec will return to a competitive level in about six months and be able to challenge for the podium in about nine months.” Ilka Stuhec will nevertheless miss the entire World Cup season 2017/2018 as well as the Winter Olympic Games in the South Korean city of Pyeongchang.

This is already the third time that Niklaus Friederich has operated on Ilka Stuhec’s knees. The first two operations were on her right knee while this third intervention was the first time she required surgery on her left knee. The previous good results encouraged the Slovenian once again to undergo surgery at the USB. The USB would like to thank Ilka Stuhec for the trust she has placed in it while Ilka Stuhec is grateful to the operating team, the nursing staff and the USB as a whole for the treatment and care provided.