Paul Morgan Case Study
My Knee Surgery
Treated by: Jim Newman
Procedure: Bi-lateral partial knee replacement
“Two weeks prior to my op, I went into Leeds and… I felt uncomfortable. I don’t mean the pain from my knees (although there was plenty of that); I mean people looking at me. I could see them thinking ‘What’s up with him?’ From then to the way I walk now is just unbelievable. It’s been life changing.”
Paul Morgan has been into sport all his life. He started with rugby and played for years until the accumulated knocks led him to seek an alternative. He switched to running. “I did lots of that for a good few years and then I started to get a pain in my right knee,” he explains. “It didn’t stop me running but it was noticeable – I guess that was the early stages of osteoarthritis.”
The pain worsened, reaching a point around seven years ago where Paul couldn’t run anymore. His GP ordered X-rays: “They said the cartilage was very low, but it wasn’t at the stage where I needed an operation yet.”
From a walk to a ‘wobble’
Paul gave up running but, eager to stay active, he took up swimming instead. “There are certain movements I couldn’t make,” he clarifies. “I couldn’t do the breaststroke because of the kicking action, but I did lots of freestyle.”
Then the left knee started to deteriorate. As the pain worsened, Paul changed his entire walking gait. Instead of a straight line walk, Paul resorted to a sort of wobble from foot to foot, shifting “from side to side without bending my knees.”
His wife and family were urging him to seek treatment. When one swimmer saw Paul making his way down the poolside and said, “Paul, you need to get something done about that,” he decided to act.
Double knee replacement
“The GP sent me for more X-rays and I was referred to the physio,” Paul continues, “but the physio looked at the results and said ‘there’s nothing we can do’. So I was referred to Mr Newman.”
Paul was surprised when Jim Newman said he was going to perform a bilateral partial knee replacement (a partial knee replacement in both knees) on the same day. Paul’s focus was on alleviating pain. “I never really considered that I’d be able to walk normally again,” he says, “but Mr Newman said, ‘We won’t just stop the pain. We’ll help you learn to walk again’.”
Within a matter of weeks Paul was admitted to Spire Methley Park hospital for two nights.
Knee operation and recovery
“I was very apprehensive beforehand,” recalls Paul. “I was having a local anaesthetic in the spine so I was worried about that. But Mr Newman is really good at putting you at ease. It’s a bit of an odd experience – to have people working on your knees and not to be able to feel anything. But it all went really, really well.
“Next day, the physios tried to get me up but I felt a bit sick and dizzy so I was left for one more night. The following day I felt much better and was up and walking with a Zimmer frame. After two days I was getting about on crutches, and from there I was learning how to walk properly again – the physio had to remind me to bend my legs and move my feet from heel to toe. I hadn’t been doing any of that for years.”
It’s now just over six weeks since Paul’s operation and he’s just had his latest review with Jim Newman.
“I’m walking normally now – no sticks or anything.”
He is in no doubt about the difference his new knees have made. “Two weeks prior to my op, I went into Leeds. I was walking up Briggate and I felt uncomfortable. I don’t mean the pain from my knees (although there was plenty of that); I mean people looking at me. I could see them thinking ‘What’s up with him?’ From that to the way I walk now is just unbelievable. My friends and family are amazed at how I’m walking normally.”
Paul has nothing but praise for his knee surgeon. “I like Mr Newman. Not just for what he’s done for me, but he’s a genuinely nice chap. I say it as it is and I thanked him for what he’s done for me. It’s been life changing.”
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