My dad went into hospital on Tuesday for back surgery and before I got the chance to call the ward and find out how the operation went on Wednesday my dad had texted me: “Went well, hope to get out tomorrow J”. I don’t know whether to be more surprised that he’s coming home the day after surgery (modern wisdom is to get up and moving ASAP after this kind of surgery instead of bed rest) or that he’s such a fluent texter that his first thought isn’t to phone but to text! The world has changed a lot in the 15 years since he previously had back surgery, no doubt about it!
Yup its amazing thats for sure, but in the current environment of MRSA, C.Difficile etc its probably best to get in there, get sorted, and get the hell out as quickly as possible! I think my uncle was out a day or so after a full knee replacement. Sarah was also out within a day of keyhole surgery on her knee cartilage (I seem to know an awful lot of people with knee problems!)
You’re absolutely right – no sense going in for some simple procedure and then having to fight off a superbug!
These knees are tricky things – it seems like practically anybody engaging in running, skiing, football, rugby, hiking, driving, playing tennis, doing aerobics, crown green bowling, walking, sitting down, standing up or any sport is pretty much a likely candidate for knee surgery at some point in their lives!
And that’s why I don’t do running, skiing, football, rugby, hiking, driving, playing tennis, doing aerobics, crown green bowling, walking, sitting down, standing up or any sport! 😉
(Actually I’ve been known to go in for the odd session of walking, sitting down, or standing up.)
Just make sure you wear adequate knee support when you engage in the dangerous activity of walking, sitting down or standing up. That way you should be able to stay off the operating table! 😉