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Boatman is Cruising Again Thanks to Knee Replacement Surgery

Boatman Julian Papworth is cruising again thanks to a knee replacement operation at West Midlands Hospital.

The 61-year-old is riding on the crest of a wave after the life changing surgery which finally put an end to knee problems which had plagued him for a long time.

Julian started to notice deterioration in his knee when he was mooring the canal cruiser he owns.

He visited his GP for an initial assessment of the problem and an X-Ray revealed that his knee cartilage was badly worn.

Julian, who already suffers from arthritis, was referred to hip and knee expert Mr Matthew Waites at the private hospital in Halesowen for a more in-depth analysis.

Mr Waites gave him a course of injections at first and a knee arthroscopy procedure which made a difference for a while.

However, the pain returned and Mr Waites advised him that a total knee replacement would be the best option for him.

Julian has travelled on his boat along canals in different parts of the country including Llangollen, Stratford-upon-Avon, Burton-on-Trent and he has also tackled the Tardibigge canal locks in Worcestershire.

Julian said: “I love being out on my boat but I think the strain of mooring it in different canalside locations probably put extra strain on my knee.

“I think that’s how the damage was done to my knee which was already badly worn.

“I could hardly walk at one point so after trying a few different options I’m glad that I went ahead and had the complete knee replacement.”

Patients can pay privately for hip and knee surgery at West Midlands Hospital, be referred through the NHS or fund treatment through private medical insurance.

Mr Waites is a specialist in total hip and knee replacements, knee arthroscopy surgery, knee ligament injuries and hip resurfacing.

Julian, of Stourbridge, said: “Mr Waites and all the staff at the hospital were fantastic with me. It was my first visit to West Midlands Hospital couldn’t have asked for any more.”

Julian is now looking forward to getting back out on the waterways and he is already out and about walking his two springer spaniel dogs again.

He added: “The knee replacement has made a huge difference to me. I’d reached the point where I could hardly walk but now I’m back to walking around normally again.

“Ten weeks before the operation I could hardly do anything but thanks to Mr Waites and the aftercare I received from the nursing staff and physio team, I was walking around on holiday with the aid of a stick just weeks after surgery.

“I’ve been to other hospitals in the past but they were nowhere near as good in comparison.

“West Midlands Hospital would definitely be my first choice if I ever need any surgery again in the future.”

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