Patient Experience: Total Knee Replacement

Prior to my admission to the Spire Cheshire Hospital, in October 2010, I had already had arthroscopic surgery on my right knee. This took place in June 2010 at another private hospital and it failed to alleviate the agony in my joint.

"I cannot praise the hospital staff, my anaesthetist and Mr Pradhan highly enough for all my care and well being"
Mr W

As an ex-pro rugby league player and sportsman I could not play golf or train at the gym as every step was painful, so my lifestyle had been put on hold.

I consulted my doctor and he arranged for me to see Mr Nikhil Pradhan at Spire Cheshire Hospital. At the consultation Mr Pradhan looked at my x-rays and informed me I needed a total knee replacement. He was very caring and professional and he made sure I understood what the procedure involved.

On the day of my admission I was greeted by a pleasant receptionist and taken up to my room. The operation went really well and the following day I was walking ‘pain free’, with crutches, under the supervision of the physiotherapist.

The nursing staff were faultless in their compassion and care during my five day stay, nothing was too much trouble. Also the catering department need to be recommended for their food and their willingness to please.

Ten days later I returned to have my stitches removed and my first physiotherapy assessment. The physiotherapist could not believe I had full movement in my knee and no pain what so ever – I could even kneel down!

With the permission of the physiotherapist I was in the gym after twelve days and seven days later, at my final assessment, I was discharged by my physiotherapist as I had could fully bend my knees and had made an excellent recovery.

I cannot praise the hospital staff, my anaesthetist and Mr Pradhan highly enough for all my care and well being – Thank you!

Mr W, February 2011

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