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Friday, 6 November 2015

Kneeds must

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.


He lives not long who battles with the immortals, nor do his children prattle about his knees when he has come back from battle and the dread fray.
Homer (800 BC - 700 BC)The Iliad
  • 6 comments: said...

    We all hope it goes well.

    afootinthehills said...

    I'm sure it will go well Conrad and set you up for many more thousands of miles.

    Alan Sloman said...

    The six million dollar man!
    Good luck Conrad.

    Sir Hugh said...

    Bob, Gibson and Alan - thanks for your comments. I was told that it would be three months or so before I come up on the list, so I hope I can get in more day walks before then - I have plans!

    Anonymous said...

    Love the Homer quote :)
    I'm sure all will go well with the new knee.

    Sir Hugh said...

    CW - Hi Ruth. Thanks. I value that as a medical opinion.