When Ian came to see Mr Shah he was suffering from chronic pain in his knee, which was affecting everyday activities such as gardening and even walking. Following a thorough consultation Mr Shah quickly established that Ian’s pain was in fact caused by arthritis in his hip.
Mr Shah explained to Ian that that by carrying out a total hip replacement he would be able to reduce the pain in his knee by up to 75%. During the subsequent operation Mr Shah removed Ian’s arthritic hip and replaced it with a ceramic-on-ceramic uncemented prosthesis.
The use of a ceramic-on-ceramic bearing surface will ensure that Ian’s hip replacement lasts longer than a traditional metal-on-plastic bearing, while a less invasive approach helped to speed up his post-surgery rehabilitation.
With the help of physiotherapy and determination, Ian has made a fantastic recovery and he was even able to hit the slopes – albeit gently – just months after his hip replacement.
“At the beginning you think it’s going to take a long time to get your mobility back, but if you persevere with the exercises they give you, you look back now and you think it doesn’t seem to be a long time. I would summarise my life now as being pain free. I have renewed optimism for the future.”
Three years later
Following his left hip replacement in 2013, Ian returned to Mr Shah for a second operation on his right hip in 2016. One year on, he continues to make excellent progress:
My second hip replacement, completed nearly a year ago, is progressing very well. I am pain free, walk-leading for the Horsham Health Walks and going to the gym weekly. I find it important to keep up the exercises.
My thanks to Mr Shah and his team at Goring Hall for making both operations so successful. I have also been on a skiing holiday with my grandchildren which proved to be very enjoyable.