24 November 2017
Things have been going downhill fast since granddad Ed Morgan had major surgery on both his knees – and he couldn’t be happier!
Because 69 year old Ed is back on the slopes at Castleford’s indoor ski-centre Snozone just 91 days after the operation at Spire Methley Park now Ed is looking forward to a January visit to the slopes of Italy followed by a visit to Andorra just a couple of months later.
Father of three Ed, who lives in Great Heck with wife Cathy didn’t strap on a pair of skies until he was 55 years old and even then it was only for the occasional week-long holiday.
But at 64 he decided he was going to ‘up his game’ and joined the Snozone at Castleford’s Exscape to have proper lessons.
“I enjoyed the skiing but, be perfectly honest, I wasn’t very good at it,” admitted Ed. “Once I started the lessons I found myself getting better and better and just last year I qualified as Snow Sport England Level One Instructor which means I can now teach people just starting with the sport.”
The operation went well and within two days Ed was walking on crutches and was at his first physio session after two weeks.
“About six months before the op I worked out most days building on my leg muscles which I think was a big factor in my speedy return to skiing,” he explained.
“He’s an amazing character, said Orthopaedic Surgeon Mr Jim Newman, who carried out the operations. “Doing both knees in a single session isn’t something I would normally suggest for someone of Ed’s age but he was determined that’s what he wanted to do.
“I had to be sure that he was up to the surgery and that he was fit enough to get both knees back in action as he started his recovery. It isn’t something I would do for every patient but it has worked very well in this case.
The great thing with partial replacements is that you can focus on the part of the knee that is actually affected by arthritis while saving he healthy part of the joint and, importantly, essential ligaments which would normally be removed during a total replacement.
“This gives gives the patient a knee that feels far more 'normal' and is likely to function more like a ‘normal knee’ than would be expected after a total replacement. Because it is a smaller operation it also means that recovery time is usually quicker.”
In the meantime here is one thing that could stop Ed’s planned trip to Andorra and that is if his 13-year-old daughter Hannah is chosen for the Home Nations Ski Cross team (representing under 16s in England, Scotland and Wales) to compete in Switzerland next April.
“We sort of started skiing together and I’m really proud of the way Hannah has progressed – she’s certainly a lot better than me now.
“I would be delighted if she was selected – I would certainly put my March trip on hold so that I could go and watch her take part,” said Ed.