I had a Bilateral Op at the Candover Clinic Basingstoke in early December 2016, performed by Professor Adrian Wilson.
"As a result of working in the construction industry and being a keen squash player I was in constant pain in both my knees, which were badly bowed. Having seen various surgeons/specialists and having had many procedures; knees injected, cartilage shaved, stem cell surgery etc., nothing had actually helped the pain. I was at the stage where I couldn’t walk more than a few metres, without needing to sit. Having seen a video of myself trying to walk on a beach whilst on holiday, I realised that without help I would eventually be unable to walk.
"I was told (by the NHS and Private Sector) that my only option would be knee replacement to both legs. I was apprehensive as at 55 I still wanted a fairly active life, and was relatively young for this surgery.
"Luckily a friend mentioned an article he had read about the pioneering surgery being carried out at the Candover by Adrian Wilson.
"The rest as they say is history. I had the op on both legs simultaneously, which isn’t often performed as I had no weight bearing leg after surgery, but felt I wanted to get it over with in one hit! Yes after it was painful, but with the help of a ‘Game Ready’ (which basically almost freezes the leg) I coped well.
"It’s now July 2017, my legs are straight, I’m pain free, walk the dog every morning and am able to chase my grandchildren round the park. To say this has been a life changer for me is an understatement, I feel it’s actually given me back my life, and to be pain free is amazing!
"I cannot thank Professor Wilson and the team at the Candover enough."
David is a very interesting patient who at 56 years of age had bilateral simultaneous high tibial osteotomies (HTO) for bow legs.
When he came to see me when he was 55, he was a very fit and active builder but he had had increasing pain in both his knees for approximately 4 years. The left was slightly worse than the right.
He had had several arthroscopic procedures in the past and also stem cell treatment at Spire Walderslade Kent. He had lots of opinions and has seen many specialists to try and work out the next best step for his knees. He saw a colleague of mine who saw the potential for osteotomy surgery, and who kindly referred him to me.
When I first saw him he was in constant pain, and his pain had got to the point that he could not even walk the dog. He was having terrible problems at night and his sleeping was difficult. He had to stop most of his physical activity.
I carried out a bilateral simultaneous high tibial osteotomy procedure in December 2016 using the ActiveMotion II plate. The procedure went very well and I am delighted that now he is 6-7 months post op, has full range of motion, a normal gait, and absolutely no pain. He represents a great example of what we can do with osteotomy surgery and I am delighted that he has done so well.
Obviously, since both sides were done at the same time, the first few weeks were difficult in terms of discomfort, but he got through these and he is now completely pain free.