Sarah Prince was diagnosed with osteoarthritis and given painkillers from her GP aged 38. Her prognosis was to wait for a knee replacement in her 60s. An orthopaedic colleague referred Sarah to Professor Adrian Wilson who carried out a high tibial osteotomy.
Sarah was an extremely active 38 year old when she first experienced excruciating knee pain. She was still able to walk and swim at that point, but had to stop gym and exercise classes, which she previously enjoyed.
After 6 years the pain was becoming unbearable and Sarah knew she had to seek further advice:
“I couldn’t walk for more than 10 minutes and every step was agony, either a pain which felt like an electric shock going through my knee or it felt like a bit of plastic was stuck below my kneecap preventing me from bending or straightening it. I couldn’t get through a night without waking up in agony just to turn over, getting out of bed was horrendous and I had to hold onto a wall, and I put a lot of weight on due to my inactivity.”
After reading an article in the press, Sarah asked her GP for a referral to an orthopaedic surgeon, who made a referral to Adrian. After examination and reviewing Sarah’s X-rays, Adrian confirmed that Sarah was an ideal candidate for a high tibial osteotomy.
Sarah was able to walk around the day after surgery. Physio and hydrotherapy sessions helped her regain muscle strength, followed by pilates later on in her rehabilitation. 3 months after the operation she was starting to cycle again.
11 months on, Sarah says:
“I can highly recommend this operation and would have it again. It’s chalk and cheese compared to how I felt before the operation. I’m planning a scuba diving trip to Ibiza and I’m enjoying getting on with my life again”.
Adrian comments on Sarah’s case:
“It is a very nice feeling in the clinic when we see these patients that are so disabled and we get them back to good levels of activity with these biological procedures. That is just a great testament to what we are trying to do with osteotomy. The good results that are coming out of my unit and other similar units, and the testimonials on the internet from people like Sarah can really change the face of osteotomy and make it a much more popular procedure – which it should be.”