Harry Byatt was a regular runner before needing a knee replacement two years ago, which was performed by Mr Andrew Taylor Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and sports knee injury specialist at Spire Liverpool Hospitals Bone and Joint Centre. Harry, a larger than life character told us, “I always loved running, playing football and anything that involved keeping myself fit. However, over time I started feeling pain in my knee which gradually got worse. Eventually I had to completely stop exercising and was advised by my GP that surgery may be the only option. After meeting Mr Taylor I felt totally reassured about having the surgery and was in and out of hospital in no time.”
Mr Taylor, who regularly treats elite athletes for knee injuries, said: “It’s not uncommon to see knee problems in those who have had high activity levels although this doesn’t necessarily mean the exercise has been the cause. At the Bone and Joint Centre it is always our primary goal to get patients back to the activities they have enjoyed before having surgery, so it is great to hear such a positive story. While we don’t normally recommend running after having a new knee every case and outcome is different and this case is an exception. It is still always a joy to see someone get so much out of having their knee replaced.”
Harold continues to exercise regularly but told us: “It’s taken a while but I’m starting to gain back the fitness I had before. I try to keep to the advice my physio Zoe Arunan gave me about not doing too much too soon. I started off by walking up the famous Dockers’ Steps in the Dingle area of Liverpool and have gradually progressed to running up the hills in Everton Valley.”
Harold's son Louis, who took the video of his Dad, said: “To Mr Taylor and all the staff at Spire Liverpool Hospital, I’d like to say a big thank you. After a successful knee operation a couple years back, my Dad is still religiously jogging up Everton Valley hills three days a week as he values exercise as a big part of his life.”
A final comment from Harry - “You extended my life and also extended my joy of living, Thank you.”
Watch Harry Byatt running up Everton Valley Hills after his operation.