Knee Surgery

I have a knee problem and the doctor has today referred me to a knee specialist. Luckily I have private medical insurance thank to the company I work for. Does anyone know what sort of timescale I can expect to seeing a specialist, and then having surgery if needed.

 Any advice would be welcomed at this miserabl time.image


  • miss slowmiss slow ✭✭✭

    I had knee arthroscopy via Bupa (work perk) about 8 years ago.  From Doctor's referral to surgery was 2 weeks, was ski-ing 4 weeks afterwards!

    However, 8 years later am going through same thing again but via NHS (company stopped the Bupa during recession).  Now have to wait 2-3 months for op!  Even worse, depending on what they find (or not) behind the kneecap, it might be the end of my long-distance running goals, sigh image

    Hope yours goes well & you recover quickly.

  • Hi,I was pretty much the same as miss slow,From referral had xrays and mri scan within a week then could pick date i wanted for surgery with BUPA.Didnt run for three months but my knee was pretty knackered. Good luck with your recovery
  • My husband was kind of messed around for a year - on private healthcare - as they said he had to try physio first and didn't 'trust' that the physio he has been seeing on him own dime for the pervious year was good enough to have given him the correct stuff.

    So, yet another year on - this time surgeon said, ok physio hasn't worked - surgery booked in for a couple of weeks later.

    He is now 6 weeks post op but isn't allowed to run for another 6 weeks. He had severe patellar tendonitis in both knees.
  • Thanks everyone. Much appreciated.

     Trev (aka Fat Boy Slow)

  • 2Old2Old ✭✭✭
    Hey gym addict I am a fellow tendinitis sufferer please let me know more about the operation what was invalid etc. My consultant has suggested operating but my physio says it should be a last resort as it can replace one problem with another. Does he feel that the op has done some good? Thanks
  • Not yet at the point where he can try running yet but so far his pain is much reduced - he was really in a lot of pain - nearly every day - this was with no exercise - he would run for a train and be up all night with the pain. Long drives etc - nightmare. The majority of my husbands problems were caused by playing football. He did run etc but it was mainly the football that was the issue.

    He was given one leg squat type exercises to do - he had to do 100s every day. This did help a little bit - it reduced the pain so that he wasn't waking up in the middle of the night with it. After a year of that - he had another MRI and the consultant conceded that the inflammation was still massive and obvious and so he recommended surgery.

    So, 2 years of being very good doing his physio to the point of obsession- then surgery.

    He had topaz ablation (RF probe) which removed sections of the tendon that were the worst affected. Fingers crossed it will let him run/cycle again. Football is now banned in our house!!!!!!!

    He would be happy just to get back to anything pain free.
  • 2Old2Old ✭✭✭
    Gym addict. Thanks for that. I hope it works out for him. Not sure I am as bad as him although I have had sleepless nights with it and long drives or cinema seats can be agony. My consultant is talking about debridement of the tendons but Im not sure that I'm ready for that yet . I've not had an MRI but he doesn't think that's necessary to reach his diagnosis. I played a lot of football until my mid twenties as a goalkeeper so maybe I'm paying the price for slamming my knees on hard surfaces. I see him in may so will see how I get on
  • 2Old2Old ✭✭✭
    Hey gym addict hows your other half getting on recovering from his op? I'm resigned to suffering long term as I am not so sure to risk an op as recommended by my orthopod . I'm pretty low thinking about missing vlm
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