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Knee replacement surgery

My overall experience as a patient at The London Bridge Hospital was a very positive one. I chose London Bridge hospital for my knee replacement surgery after some lengthy research into various types of knee prosthetics, surgeons and hospitals, particularly specialist knee surgeon Mr Ian McDermott. Furthermore my local GP assured me that London Bridge Hospital would also be his first choice for treatment, as they were well equipped and able to deal with any emergency that may occur.

On top of that, their award as Hospital of the year 2015 gave me even more reassurance that my health was in expert’s hands. On my arrival to London Bridge Hospital, I found the staff to be calm, reassuring and friendly. I was settled in a bright modern room with every available convenience and the medical team came in to introduce themselves. They explained to me in detail the procedures and checks that were required and their roles during the operation and my aftercare. I was kept fully informed at every single stage during my stay. I have to say I was really surprised when one of the catering staff arrived with a lunch menu, as I thought I would not be back in time for lunch. However, time passed quickly, one moment was going down to theatre, where the nursing team, anaesthetist and surgeon were waiting for me and suddenly, in the blink of an eye, I was back in my room with my family already waiting to greet me!

Post operation I was pain free and feeling very comfortable. My surgeon Mr Ian McDermott came to see me, and mentioned how pleased he was with the outcome of the procedure. I was able to raise my leg up off the bed immediately after the operation and was so happy and excited to see how nice and straight my leg had become after the surgery. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at London Bridge Hospital, I felt that the cheerful, caring staff contributed highly to my wellbeing and that nothing was too much trouble. The Physiotherapist had me up and walking further than I expected the day after surgery, with plenty of encouragement, good advice and exercises. Everyone at the hospital involved in my care, including the cleaning staff and porters, did a great job with a sense humour, cheerful attitude and helpfulness which I felt made my stay so successful. Once home, I was able to go out and about with confidence.

I have been discharged by both surgeon and physiotherapist at six weeks post operation and I now feel I have my life back. It is hard to believe how life changing my new Conformis stabilised knee replacement has been, I can now climb up and down the stairs without holding onto a rail, play golf, swim and take on other activities. I can finally enjoy being out and about with my seven, very energetic and athletic, grandchildren and I no longer have to struggle to keep up with family and friends whilst walking along the street. I feel that my recovery has been very quick and easier than ever I anticipated. My GP and physiotherapist are both amazed by my progress. Thank you London Bridge Hospital, Mr. Ian McDermott and all the fantastic Team. [ I may be back sooner than you think to have a replacement left knee]

Read the account from Mr Ian Mcdermott’s perspective