My peg leg is back!


Having struggled with a bad knee for the last year or so, it was time for a second opinion. My GP, after an x-ray at the local hospital, said I had osteoarthritis but having tried many of the suggestions posted on my previous blog (thanks to Sylvia and Melody et al. for your ideas), nothing was working.

I finally went to see an orthopaedic surgeon, who after looking at the x-ray, said I had no osteoarthritis at all!  Whoopee (mind you a lot of money wasted on supplements!).

The bad news was that my cartilage had torn, the good news was a quick op and I would be back on my bike again.

Now the question is how quickly do you recover from keyhole surgery? Last time I had a cartilage fixed it was open surgery and I had a massive support bandage on and was on crutches for over a week! 

That was nearly 25 years ago and the stress of the general anaesthetic caused me to become diabetic, so as you can imagine I’m not exactly looking forward to it. The surgeon says I’ll be fine in a couple of days but doctors always say things like “it won’t hurt a bit”. Has anyone had keyhole knee surgery?  What was it like? 

I have it booked for a Friday morning and plan to be back on The Morning Show bright and early on Tuesday… am I crazy? 

I think I might be pushing it a bit as I have my son’s birthday party on the Sunday morning and his karate grading on the Sunday afternoon. Maybe I should just be planning to tune in to QVC and relax for a week!

I would appreciate any ideas from those who have had some first hand experience as my father was an orthopaedic surgeon and his remedy for all of our ails as kids was “take an aspirin or go to the toilet!”  Orthopods can be a bit of a rough bunch!

Look forward to hearing from you!

Simon X


  1. Margaret March 26, 2009 at 11:56 am -  Reply

    Hi Simon , please dont worry about your op. Ive had both my knees replaced due to R,H and they are brill , surgery today is much better and I was up out of bed the next day and bliss no pain, just be good and do everything you are told and you will be fine ,GOOD LUCK ,Best Wishes Margaret.

  2. Simon Biagi March 26, 2009 at 12:44 pm -  Reply

    Thank you so much Margaret….. doing as I am told will be the only hard part! I wonder how quickly I will be able to cycle/run again

  3. Nicola Rippon March 27, 2009 at 8:01 am -  Reply

    I’ve not (fortunately) had to have this done myself, but an old neighbour of my Nana’s – a ninety-year-old one at that – had both hers done over a few months last summer. She says it has changed her life! It wasn’t anything like as scary as she imagined it would be and was told, as long as she did all the follow ups as she was told she would be just fine – and so she was! She’s now walking to the shops every day. Not sure whether she’s jumped aboard a bike yet!

  4. Simon Biagi March 27, 2009 at 11:29 am -  Reply

    Well Nichola, I am a bit younger so the odd trip round Tesco’s still looks on the cards. I am actually lying in bed no having had the op and it feels great! The Sugeon popped by to say everything was fine and he even had a DVD of the what the camera saw ‘through the keyhole’. Does anyone want to see that!? Simon x

  5. Nicola Rippon March 27, 2009 at 12:13 pm -  Reply

    Just saw on Twitter that you’ve had your operation – hope you are feeling much better now and will soon be back on your bike!
    Think I can do without the video nasty, though!

  6. Simon Biagi March 27, 2009 at 4:21 pm -  Reply

    You’re probably right Nicola and I don’t think even I want to see it! Thanks for all the well wishes! Off home to play football with the kids…. Just kidding!

  7. Claudia Sylvester March 29, 2009 at 2:15 am -  Reply

    Hi Simon
    Ouch! Sorry to hear about the knee mate. Will offer my sympathy by making you a nice cuppa when i see you .
    Take care of yourself
    Lots of love
    Claudia xxxxxxxxxxx

  8. Kathy Tayler March 29, 2009 at 9:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Simon.
    Glad to hear it all went well – I hope you survived the onslaught of seven year olds today – at least the weather has been lovely today so hopefully they were all in the garden. Also hope the karate grading was successful.
    See you on Tuesday if you’re feeling up to it, but make sure you really are ok before you head back to QVC towers – it will be tough but we’ll probably survive without you if we really have to!!
    And remember to do what you’re told!
    Kathy x

  9. Simon Biagi March 31, 2009 at 8:04 pm -  Reply

    Thanks for all the well wishes and the seven year olds were fine as they were at the bowling alley! The legs great but I’ll still have that cuppa Claudia! All back to normal on Wed and I’m looking forward to getting back.
    Simon x

  10. sue April 21, 2011 at 1:59 pm -  Reply

    plenty of water is greaaaaaat for any kind of joint pain, I know I have osteoarthritis!

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