Testimonials from Previous Clients:
I am sure you won’t remember me, but I came to see you approximately four years ago and talked through the pros and cons of having an ACL replacement following an ACL rupture in my right knee I suffered playing an ill- advised game of beach volley ball on holiday in Antigua. I went ahead with the operation which you successfully performed at the Dunedin Hospital in Reading, I got on with my rehab and I now just wanted to let you to know that I will be running the London Marathon in three weeks (and raising money for Whizz-Kidz a disability charity for young people.)
This letter is just a belated thank you for enabling this to happen. My right knee has behaved brilliantly in the years since the operation and has performed very well in the last six months of training (in fact it feels a lot stronger than the rest of me!)
When we talked about the operation you were very positive about me running again and you have been proved overwhelmingly right! You can tell your future patients, if you wish, that you have a previous patient that went on to run a marathon again and who will always be grateful for your experience and skill.
Here is my appraisal!
I had a knee arthroscopy to remove and clean up damaged cartilage after 6 years of repeated injury and dislocation from playing sport. I had been putting off the idea of surgery, but it was a great decision to finally get it seen to. I couldn’t be happier with the results so far, and in less time than expected. Running, squats and climbing stair caused pain, and a lot more cracking than a 22 year old’s knee should have! Now 2 weeks after the op, and following the physio exercises given after the operations, I am driving and climbing/ descending stairs without a problem and on the road to a full recovery and hoping to get back to regular exercise within the next few weeks.
The staff at the Circle hospital were great, and would like the thank my surgeon, Nev Davies for fixing the problem and taking me through an explanation of the work he did in the follow up.
Please send my thanks to Nev.
Carol (58 year old female)
Over the years I’ve competed in a number of sports including athletics, football, netball and volleyball. Currently my activities include ballroom and Latin dancing, body conditioning, yoga and walking. I’ve had previous arthroscopies on both knees and a lateral uni-compartmental right knee replacement in 2014.
On 31st October, the day before moving house, I was rushing around getting last minute things in place and I twisted the lateral side of my left knee whilst running up the stairs. I felt something go and was in a lot of pain and could barely put weight on it. After two weeks with little improvement I arranged for physiotherapy. 8 weeks later and little improvement my physiotherapist and I agreed that something was still not right. In the hope of avoiding surgery I saw a sports injury rehab specialist; but after having the MRI scan she explained that I had two meniscus cartilage tears (one significant) and the best course of action was surgery.
I chose to see Nev Davies and an appointment was made in February. Nev examined me and went through the MRI results with me in detail and showed me the tears and arthritic changes on the screen. I agreed to go ahead with the arthroscopy hoping for good improvement in terms of pain and movement. I was booked in for the arthroscopy 2 weeks later. Nev directed me to the website where I read the detail of the surgery and the personal experiences of others.
I was booked in for afternoon surgery at aspire Dunedin and arrived at midday. I could eat an early breakfast and drink up until 11am. The anaesthetist and Nev Davies both came to see me prior to the surgery and we reviewed what the surgery would entail then off to sleep I went. Two hours later I was back in my room with a bandage around my knee. I had no pain and was able to eat, drink and get out of bed over the next couple of hours. I went home later that evening and I was given pain killers to take. Overall my surgery was a straightforward experience except for some post-operative bleeding.
First Two Weeks Post Surgery
At home I regularly elevated and iced my knee to avoid swelling, carried out my physio exercises exactly as shown. I had no problem walking, climbing stairs and mobilising and bending my knee. I had no pain and did not need the pain killers. My only small concern was some significant bruising. I sent a photo of this to Nev and he advised that this was normal. The bruising went over the next week.
Follow up Visit
Two weeks post surgery at my follow up visit with Nev he explained that on the lateral of my knee I he cut away a large tear (the size of a thumb nail) cleaned out some loose fragments and smoothed out the joint surfaces damaged by arthritis. We all know that cartilage does not regenerate so clearly some damage remains. On the plus side Nev informed me that the inside of my knee joint was in near perfect condition. He advised me to exercise to get very strong and that I may need an Osteotomy at some stage; and directed me to the document on the website about Osteotomy surgery for information.
Four Weeks Post Surgery
I have been following a very rigid exercise and physio programme and despite this I am a little disappointed (but not surprised, if I’m honest) that I still have some discomfort when squatting, lunging or twisting. I knew that this was possible at this stage but I am still hopeful that as I get stronger I can continue with activities like dancing, body conditioning, yoga and walking. An arthroscopy is a technique used to diagnose and where possible treat symptoms and does not always ‘fix’ a problem. My hope is that if I continue to work hard to build up strength and stability that I can continue to enjoy my leisure activities. I also realise that an Osteotomy, partial or full knee replacement may be on the cards for me at some stage.
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