Keith Jones, aged 54, a firefighter crew commander from Normanton, recently underwent a left unicompartmental knee replacement with Mr Aaron Ng, consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Spire Methley Park Hospital.
Keith Jones, aged 54, from Normanton had his left knee partially replaced in 2014 under the care of Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Mr Aaron Ng.
Mr Jones first became aware of his symptoms in 2011 when he began to suffer from knee pain. He says, “The pain gradually worsened and I knew I had to see someone about it.”
Initially, Keith came to Spire Methley Park to see Mr Ng and underwent an arthroscopy to clean out his knee and help provide some pain relief. However after this didn’t improve his condition he was offered a unicompartmental (partial) knee replacement.
Keith says, “As I had previously seen Mr Ng I was happy to stay under his care as I knew he was a good surgeon.”
During his first consultation Keith discussed his concerns about his knee replacement with Mr Ng. He says, “I was concerned at first that I wouldn’t be able to carry on being a firefighter following the surgery but Mr Ng assured me that I would be fine.”
As expected Keith’s recovery was slow at first, which he knew was to be expected following the procedure, however following advice given by Mr Ng about using ice for pain management his recovery improved considerably. At his follow up appointment Keith was examined by Mr Ng, who was pleased with his progress and discharged.
He can now enjoy walking again and has even started to jog. Following his surgery Keith now says, “I can sleep at night and don’t have to rely on painkillers to do my job.”
Keith says: “My advice to anyone who is thinking about having a partial or full knee replacement is don’t hesitate to see an expert and if it is right for you don’t let the thought of a slow and uncomfortable recovery put you off, you must go through this to get the best result out of the procedure.”