Anthony Malcolm Case Study
My Knee Surgery
Treated by: Jim Newman
Procedure: Total knee replacement
“Mr Newman… is one of the best medical people I’ve ever met in my life. He’s got me back going again and he’s done it in a fantastic way.”
Anthony Malcom doesn’t do things by halves. At the age of 47 he discovered rock climbing. Over the following 26 years he’s climbed his way around Yorkshire, the Peak District and Spain. When he’s not clinging to a rockface you’ll find him on the climbing wall of his local sports centre or burning up the miles on his mountain bike. Five years ago, however, Anthony discovered his high energy lifestyle was taking a heavy toll on his knee.
“It felt like it was going to give way whenever I was doing anything,” he explains. “Cycling, gardening, climbing, I never stopped doing them – but I was really suffering for it afterwards.”
Over the course of the following two years a combination of over the counter anti-inflammatories and the occasional cortisone injection from his GP kept Anthony on the road and rockface, but he was fighting a losing battle. As the pain became unbearable, Anthony’s GP referred him to knee surgeon Jim Newman.
“I’ve been putting up with pain for two years – another few weeks won’t bother me”
“Mr Newman explained the problem was osteoarthritis,” says Anthony, recalling the consultation. “He told me about the total knee replacement – he carefully explained what would happen and even showed me the implant (I said, ‘I’ll never be able to climb with that inside me!’).
“I had the op at Spire Methley Park Hospital. I came out of hospital and was on crutches for a day or two. Then I went onto a walking stick for another couple of days. Then I did without. I did the physio I was told to do (and extra).
“It was painful for a few days. But you have to take a bit of pain if you want to make a full recovery. I thought ‘I’ve been putting up with pain for two years – another few weeks won’t bother me’.”
“I was astonished how good the knee was. I had no pain whatsoever”
For the first few days after returning to his Wakefield home, Anthony found the stairs a bit of a challenge: “ I could get up them ok but I had to come down them backwards.”
After a week or so, however, he started back at his local gym. “I was just exercising the top half of my body to begin with – and I’d still have to go down the stairs backwards to get in the gym, which gave everyone a laugh.
“Within three weeks I was back in the swimming pool. And a few days after that I went to my local climbing wall in Leeds and tackled some easy stuff. I had no pain whatsoever and I never expected that. I was quite proud of myself – and of the knee surgeon.”
“I shall be tackling a 70ft high climbing wall tomorrow”
Now 73 and almost three years after his knee replacement, Anthony knows he’ll need an operation on his other knee at some point in the future, but for now he’s busy putting many far younger climbers to shame.
“I went climbing last Friday and I lasted four hours. During that time I had three climbing partners who didn’t last that long. Later that day I did 30 miles on my mountain bike.
I shall be tackling a 70ft high climbing wall tomorrow.”
“Mr Newman is a complete gentleman, and one of the best medical people I’ve ever met in my life. He’s spot on is that chap. I love him for what he’s done for me. He’s got me back going again and he’s done it in a fantastic way.”
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