Richard Khanyile



 

My knee problems started decades ago when I was a young policeman and I had to have an operation to repair damaged cartilage. I recovered well and went on playing sport.

But then three years ago my knee started swelling again and I went back to the surgeon who had operated on me the first time and now he advised a knee replacement which I went ahead with. It didn’t go well. 

I went back to the surgeon several times because by this time I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t drive and I couldn’t go to church. Every time I wanted to go somewhere I had to pay someone to drive me there. 

 

My surgeon told me I was “one of the unlucky ones”. Hearing those words felt worse than the pain I was experiencing. What if I was going to be disabled for life?  

Then a colleague of mine told me about a reputable surgeon and I made an appointment to see him. The X Rays showed that my knee was stuck together and couldn’t move. My new surgeon did  a revision knee replacement and I could feel the difference immediately after the surgery!  

Six months on, I can go to the bathroom without anyone helping me. I can drive myself to church, I can play with my grandchild and I’m back at gym. I feel as if I’ve been set free.

 

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