October 23 2018
Mr Francis Trevorrow, a retired structural engineer, had been in exceptional pain with sudden shooting pains in his knees. He explained: “It was as if someone had put a hot knife through my knees: the pain was so sharp I’d shout out, surprising whoever was sitting next to me.”
His X-rays revealed that the cartilage - the smooth elastic tissue which forms a rubber-like padding covering and protecting the ends of long bones at the joints - had completely eroded, leaving bone grinding against bone.
The 67-year-old, who rides a Honda VFR 750 motorbike, was referred for surgery by his GP. Mr Trevorrow selected Emersons Green NHS Treatment Centre for its proximity and its very short waiting times.
He said: “I chose it because I wanted to be able to have friends and family visit without inconveniencing them with a long journey. I also wanted to have the surgery as quickly as possible. The pain was affecting my life: I had to give up golf, because the pain made it impossible to play and, as anyone knows who has had this type of problem, it is not much fun having that much pain over a long period.”
The team at the centre operated on his right leg and, after he had recovered, the surgeons carried out the same operation on his left knee, replacing the worn joints and cartilage.
He said: “The team at Emersons Green were exceptional, from reception to the nurses, physiotherapists and surgeons. The place was spotless and even the cleaners were cheerful and friendly. The food was excellent too and the chef was around to talk to.
“Put that together with how well the surgery went and I was always going to choose to have my left knee replaced there, and I certainly was not disappointed with the results the second time around.”
He was also impressed with how quickly he was able to return home, leaving hospital on the Wednesday evening, following surgery on Tuesday morning. He said: “The only thing I was disappointed in was missing Dan the chef’s excellent dinner that evening!
“I feel great. I’m back enjoying riding my motorbike and I’m talking to friends about fixing up some golf games, which I have really missed.”
Hospital director Rob Thomas said: “No one’s life should be hampered by debilitating pain when there is an easy solution. NHS patients have a choice of where they are treated.
“I would advise anyone needing joint surgery to consider looking at the waiting times of the centres and hospitals they are offered.
“Our colleagues across the NHS are doing a fantastic job treating patients with urgent conditions and the service they provide is the envy of the world. But NHS surgeons are telling me that they often find difficulty in finding capacity to treat elective cases.
“Treatment centres do not have the pressure of emergency services - therefore all our surgeries are planned and that helps us to keep our waiting times low.”