Friday, 6 November 2015
I try to avoid frequent references to knee problems here but I am frequently quizzed about this so here is an update at a milestone point in the saga.
About a year ago I saw the surgeon who performed my left knee replacement in May 2012. Based on the x-ray at that appointment a year ago, he said I could go on the list then to have the right knee replaced. I declined and since then I have had the bonus of this year’s walking:
3 days Completing the Cheshire Ring canal walk
10 days North-east coast of Scotland climbing Marilyns
20 days Macmillan Way 1 Boston to Abbotsbury
10 days Canal du Midi Toulouse to Beziers
18.5 days Macmillan Way 2 Boston to Barmouth
That totals approximately 840 miles which would easily top-up to over 1000 miles counting many other day walks.
A few weeks ago I saw the surgeon again and I have at last given in. I seem to be able to walk 16 miles a day without a problem with the un-operated knee, but driving the car, and also lying in bed has become unacceptable for that un-operated knee.
I asked if there had been any new developments since my last replacement. He told me a new, supposedly improved unit had been designed which is generally proving ok, but it has not been on trial for a long enough period to give a fully considered assessment, adding that I would have the choice between that and the previous version. I asked him which he would go for if it was him and he said the older one. My left replacement has always been sore and niggly, up to a point, but after which it does not get worse, and it is not sufficiently unpleasant to spoil my long distance walking; so, considering I have walked about 2500 miles on it I reckon choosing the old design is a no-brainer.