"My sister's knee joint replacement"

About: East Surrey Hospital / Trauma and orthopaedics

(as a relative),

My sister had a knee joint replacement operation in July 2010 which was not successful (although she had the other knee joint replaced a couple of years before at East Surrey and that went well).

Initially the operation seemed to have gone well but within a couple of months she experienced increasing pain and difficulty in walking. She was seen by a doctor in outpatients and the consultant in the Trauma and Orthopaedic clinic over a period of months and was continually told the problems were probably nerve damage.

Time and time again she asked to be seen and even x-rays were taken again and it seemed no one even looked at them. It was months later that someone actually did look at them in May 2012 and realised that her replacement joint had become detached from her tibia which was why she had been in so much pain for so long.

No one would listen and even now 3 years on she is still having trouble.

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Response from Tasha Gardner, Communications Manager, Marketing and Communications, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Dear Agnetha

My apologies for the delay in replying to your comments and I am sorry to hear about the problems your sister has had following her knee operation. If she is still not happy with her knee and continuing to have problems please do get in touch with me so I can get some more details (Patient Opinions is confidential) and I will see if I can help.

kind regards

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