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Leslie motorbiking 1000 miles after robotic knee surgery

Leslie, age 69, a keen car driver and motorcyclist from Gerrards Cross, had a robotic partial knee replacement surgery with Mr Henry Bourke at BMI The Princess Margaret Hospital in April 2021.

Back in 2017, Leslie had a fall in his garden landing on both knees pretty hard, after which, his right knee played up.

Leslie decided to see his GP - he had an MRI which resulted in him being referred to a knee specialist. He was given two names to consider, one of which was Henry Bourke. Leslie researched online, looked at Mr Bourke’s website and read about his specialisms and reviews and decided to contact him.

When Leslie saw Mr Bourke, the diagnostics showed Leslie had some arthritis on the inner side of his knee. The scan also showed that a cyst had formed on the inside of the knee from the injury which had filled with fluid – resulting in him limping with pain when trying to walk. 

At night he lay in bed waking up in pain when he moved. He found he could only sleep comfortably at night if he used a pillow between his knees to reduce the pain caused by pressure on the injury. He also struggled with walking for any long period and had pain walking downstairs or indeed sharp inclines - so much so, that Leslie got used to walking downstairs backwards to minimise the pain in his knee.

Mr Bourke initially tried several injections over a period of months but when this didn’t work it was agreed he needed to have the partial knee replacement surgery.

He said “Mr Bourke has a very nice nature, is extremely personable. He is sympathetic while remaining professional in his manner and his advice made it easy for me to make the decision on whether to operate.  He gave me complete confidence in his ability and I felt my decision to see him was the right one.”

Leslie was expecting to be in a lot of pain after the operation, but the pain management given by an anaesthetist, Mr Bourke and the hospital staff made the recovery very manageable. 

The post-rehabilitation with Katie Relf from Bucks Physio was excellent needing only two visits to clinic and of course helping Leslie enormously with great advice on getting back to normal again.

When Leslie went back to see Mr Bourke for a follow-up, Mr Bourke quite cleverly watched for him to get up from the chair without touching the arms – showing how well he was progressing.

After 6 weeks, Leslie could comfortably walk up and down the stairs, normally, and walk his dog between 12 and 17k steps every day. More recently Leslie even managed to motorcycle to Wales covering a thousand miles over four days. Leslie continued: “Mr Bourke is at the top of his game and I have already recommended him to some of my friends. I would have no reservation whatsoever to go back and see Mr Bourke if I needed my other knee done.”