"I would just like to take this opportunity to thank all of the staff at Spire Bristol Hospital for looking after me during my operation and post operation recovery from 6-9 May.
"The standard of care from all the staff; nurses, caterers, anaesthetists' and physios was of an exceptionally high standard and (perhaps oddly) I thoroughly enjoyed my brief stay. It was a real education.
"I did not know what to expect during my immediate recovery and although it is still very early days I am very pleasantly surprised so far.
"Please pass on my thanks to Jonathon Eldridge and any of his team not mentioned above and let him know how much the whole process was appreciated.
"I will work hard on my physio and try and ensure his excellent work gives me the optimum chance to enjoy and benefit from my sport in the short and long term future.
"My recovery is going exceptionally well… I was walking short distances without crutches after two weeks, swam 50 lengths after three weeks, walked a couple of miles comfortably after three and a half weeks, flexibility (in terms of being able to straighten the leg) is significantly better than pre-operation after four weeks and the scar (as attached) is a remarkably tidy job.
"Kind regards and looking forward to follow up in July."