“The experience was so good, I'm coming back to have my other knee done”
Following his knee replacement with Mr Sam Rajaratnam, ultra-marathon fan, Lee, is back to running pain-free.
I've always loved the outdoors; I've spent my life rock climbing, walking in the hills and riding my motorbike on the open roads. However, after one too many falls from my bike, and a family history of bad knees, by the time I entered my 40s I was finding it hard to even come down the stairs in the morning.
Over the years, I had minor surgeries to try and stem the damage and stop the pain in my knee but nothing seemed to work long-term. Life was becoming increasingly difficult and I had to stop my main passion in life – ultra-marathon running. I knew I had to find a solution that worked for me, and so I started researching knee surgeons who have the experience and ability to sort my knee out properly.
I soon found Mr Sam Rajaratnam and was impressed by his outcomes and success rate, so I arranged to go to London and meet him. At that same meeting, I had an MRI which saved me a further trip. Right from the start, Sam was open about my options. He didn't dictate to me what I should do, and instead laid out my three options: I could do nothing and use pain management; he could perform another 'clean up' operation, similar to what I'd previously had; or we could do the surgery I probably should have had years ago. I chose the latter and my partial knee replacement was scheduled.
The whole experience was first-rate. From my spacious bedroom to the tasty food, and the medical team who looked after me before and after surgery, to my discharge experience. At no point was I concerned that I was having surgery during a pandemic because I felt completely assured that the team was doing everything they could to keep me safe.
I was up and walking a couple of hours after surgery and I went home after two nights, one day earlier than anticipated. Now I'm nearly three months, post-surgery and my knee is improving every day. Following Sam and the physiotherapist's advice, I used ice compression during my rehab, and only needed minimal painkillers and anti-inflammatories, which surprised me in a very good way!
With my physio's guidance, quite quickly I started walking on crutches and, after a month, I started going further until I was finally back on my treadmill. I now run between four and five kilometres every day and, whilst this might not be the marathon distances I'm used to, I'm more than happy to be running pain-free at all.
Lee was treated by Mr Sam Rajaratnam at Schoen Clinic Orthopaedic and Spinal Hospital London. For further information about how Schoen Clinic can help you, please call us or fill in an enquiry form. You can use your health insurance, or pay for your own treatment. Find out more about how you can pay for your own treatment here.