“Knee surgery has totally changed my life”

Torbay Weekly

After three years of pain and discomfort, Gerald Breeze from Bovey Tracey has made an excellent recovery following a Uni-Lateral knee replacement under Mr Isaac, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Mount Stuart Hospital as an NHS patient.
Gerald, 63, works at Imerys Minerals in Heathfield but suffered a deterioration over the past nine months that has impacted every aspect of his life, even taking the dogs for a walk became difficult.
“The surgery will totally change my life because I was in pain every single day,” said Gerald. “I couldn’t take the dogs out for a walk or even go any sort of distance.
“Mount Stuart Hospital were absolutely fantastic. I could not have asked for anymore. I didn’t expect to go in one day for an operation and come out the same day.
“The whole process starts with a series of consultations with the surgeon, x-rays, mobility within the knee and work requirements for movement.
“My knee trouble stems all the back to a motorcycle accident in 1976 and it has gradually got a lot worse over the past three years. I’m now walking around with no pain.”
Mount Stuart Hospital added: “Enhanced recovery is a new approach to the way that care can be delivered to patients having certain operations. Enhanced recovery is a fully structured and well organised sequence of clinical care.
“Enhanced recovery improves the way in which health care is organised to allow you to get better sooner after your operation. Research indicates that after surgery the earlier a patient can get out of bed and start eating and drinking, the better. The recovery will be quicker and complications are less likely to occur.
“Benefits of ERP include; preventing long periods of fasting prior to your operation; reducing the stress effect of surgery on your body; minimising the use of tubes and drains after your operation; returning to eating and drinking sooner; reducing muscle wasting and improving mobility; reducing the risk of blood clots by getting up and moving sooner; making you feel better sooner and leaving hospital sooner.”