Sharon Black

Sharon Black

My left ankle was replaced and Achilles tendon lengthened by Mr Klinke at the London Bridge Hospital on 6th February 2017.  I had badly broken my ankle in a car accident at 20 and broken it again in a windsurfing accident in my 30s leaving a damaged joint with arthritic changes. I had pain and locking when walking and was unable to sleep without being jolted awake numerous times a night. While remaining a very active person my activities have been restricted by the pain and reduced mobility and I always hoped to have an ankle replacement when time allowed.  When I explored this possibility I was only offered an ankle fusion by the NHS but when I saw Mr Klinke he agreed to replacement of the joint. He gave me realistic expectations regarding the operation and recovery and now only 3 months on the joint is pain free and already more mobile than pre-operatively with noticeable improvement every day helped by weekly private physio and daily exercises.

The operation went smoothly, but pain relief had side effects so I quickly stopped it all (within a couple of weeks) and as expected I needed a lot of support at home to begin with (for at least 6 weeks). However determined and robust you think you are, the discomfort and restriction of swelling and wound repair, as well as being on crutches and/or in a boot means you are tired and dependent for the first month or two. But after 6 weeks I had completely discarded the crutches and after 8 weeks I no longer needed to use the boot. From my experience, I have no hesitation in recommending the hospital, the procedure and Mr Klinke. After 3 months I am full of energy again, thrilled with my new ankle, increased mobility, lack of joint pain and undisturbed nights and inspired to continue rehab until I reach my full potential.

The London Foot & Ankle Centre is NOW OPEN for foot and ankle treatments at The Shard and The New Victoria Hospital from Monday 1st June.
Call 0207 403 4162 for appointments with Martin Klinke
The St John & St Elizabeth Hospital is NOW OPEN fully for foot and ankle appointments – call 0207 078 3800 for appointments with Mark Davies, David Redfern and Matthew Solan
We are also offering telephone and video appointments for all of our Consultants.
Our two Podiatrists – Anthony Kontos and Nicolas Ivanoff – have clinics at The St John & St Elizabeth Hospital and The Shard.
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