Published: Monday, July 9th, 2012

Patient of national hospital’s quarter millionth procedure climbs to a full recovery


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The patient who underwent the 250,000th procedure at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital has been discussing how the surgery changed his life for the better.


Frank Lundie, 77, from Kilwinning in Ayrshire, received a total knee replacement on his left knee in November last year in the hospital’s quarter millionth procedure.


Mr Lundie and his wife, Anne, met with the Golden Jubilee’s Medical Director and one of the Orthopaedic Consultants last week (Thursday 5 July) to celebrate this important milestone as part of the hospital’s 10th anniversary programme.


For six years before his operation, Mr Lundie was experiencing progressively worse pain in his knee when walking. A keen golfer and hill walker, he had to give up these activities and take painkillers everyday.


After being referred to theGoldenJubileeNationalHospitalfor surgery, Mr Lundie underwent a total knee replacement on 16 November 2011. The surgery was performed by Orthopaedic Consultant, MrDavid Allen, and his team. Thanks to the Golden Jubilee’s Enhanced Recovery Programme, Mr Lundie was back on his feet the following day and discharged from hospital just four days later, on 20 November 2011.


Orthopaedic Consultant,Alexander Siegmeth, explained:  “Mr Lundie benefited from the Golden Jubilee’s Enhanced Recovery Programme, known as the CALEDonian™ Technique, a comprehensive patient care plan that means patients can be back on their feet hours after surgery and which has been proven to reduce their stay in hospital.


“Mr Lundie’s total knee replacement was carried out using navigation technology which allows the knee implant to be more accurately positioned.”


Now completely pain free, Mr Lundie is living life to the full once again, golfing two or three times a week and spending time with his wife, three children and three grandsons.


He also recently spent a weekend walking in the Cairngorms with his friend. Setting off from the Well of the Lecht and heading to Scalan, the pair climbed around 2000 feet.


Mr Lundie commented: “Having knee replacement surgery was one of the best things I have ever done. It has given me a new lease of life and means I can again take part in the activities I enjoy with my friends and family. Before the surgery I couldn’t golf or hill walk but now I’ve been able to take them both back up again and even managed to climb the Cairngorms last week.


”I cannot praise the staff at the Golden Jubilee highly enough, each and every one of them I encountered – from receptionist to housekeeper to Mr Allen and his team – could not have been more helpful. I’d like to congratulate the hospital on its tenth anniversary and wish it many more years of helping patients like me.”


MrAlistair Flowerdew, Medical Director, added: “Our Orthopaedic programme has grown over the past ten years and we pride ourselves on leading the way in techniques which continue to benefit our patients.


“We are delighted that we have been able to celebrate ten years of excellence with the patient who had our quarter millionth procedure.”

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