A knee replacement helps Micheal Peck get his life back on course!
Michael Peck is an active retiree and a keen golfer, who can often be found walking and playing the links of his local clubs around Tenterden in Kent. However, three years ago he began to have issues with his knee, causing him pain when he walked. It got progressively worse to the point where his mobility was compromised, which inevitably impacted his day-to-day quality of life and his ability to play golf.
He consulted his GP and was sent for X-rays at another hospital, on the basis of which he was told he needed a knee replacement and that as an NHS patient this would mean a wait time of approximately two years.
Now aged 76 and feeling that life was too short to endure two years of further pain and incapacity, Michael decided he would have the procedure carried out privately on a self-pay basis. On the recommendation of his daughter Faye, who is a senior musculoskeletal physiotherapist, he booked a consultation here at The Horder Centre with consultant orthopaedic surgeon and knee specialist Mr Sam Rajaratnam.
Following his consultation, less than eight weeks later in May this year he had a Vanguard knee replacement procedure carried out.
‘I stayed for three nights at The Horder Centre and the whole experience was wonderful. The staff were so friendly and helpful. And the hospitality was fantastic. The meals served were delicious but the portions were so generous I struggled to finish them.’
Mr Micheal Peck
Michael’s surgery was a great success and at his follow up consultation in July, Mr Rajaratnam confirmed Michael now has 0-130 degrees of flexion in his knee joint. He has followed all the physiotherapy guidance and made rapid progress in his recovery.
Three months on, not only is Michael walking pain free again, he is also back on the golf course playing 18 holes with confidence. We are delighted we helped take away his pain and give him his mobility back, but we can’t confirm if we have also helped him to improve his handicap.
He said: ‘I can’t believe that had I waited to have my treatment through the NHS, I would still be living with pain every time I tried to walk, and I would be for another 18 months yet! Having my procedure as a private self-pay patient at The Horder Centre is the best decision I have ever made, and I truly feel that it has given me my life back.’