Years of playing squash led to such severe knee pain that not even removing damaged cartilage could help the discomfort experienced by Robin Bell.

“I previously had a telescopic operation to remove the damaged cartilage, but it didn’t help,” explains Robin.  “The knee had completely disintegrated and I began to experience discomfort in the other knee.

“I joined the local ramblers group but walking down slopes was terrible. I suffered for a long time and the pain got worse and worse. It got that bad I had to do something about it.”

Robin, who already had a successful hip replacement at The Horder Centre, was referred to the centre by his GP. After an x-ray and consultation it was agreed that Robin would need knee surgery.

He said: “I had a total knee replacement, which required 42 steel stitches, but the scar is nice and straight. They did an excellent job of it and I am very happy with the outcome.

“The staff make sure you can walk along the corridor and up and down the stairs before you leave hospital with a set of exercises. I went home and started with exercises while recovering in bed, then around the house. I soon progressed to walking up and down the road, going for longer each time.

“I had six weeks of physiotherapy at The Horder Centre, where I progressed to the gym machines and got my knee moving. I was doing a lot of exercise so my recovery was very quick. I went back to the gym three months later, doing cycling and spinning.

“For years, both knees hurt, but since the operation they are absolutely fine. I have slowed down with walking but other than that there is no pain and I can still go to the gym. I can now attend spinning classes four to five times a week.

“I would recommend The Horder Centre. It has got a good name and nobody I know has a bad word to say about it. I was well looked after, the staff were great and the process was very smooth and efficient. I can’t fault it.”

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