The arthroscopy was in my knee. I am allowed to partial weight bare, so am walking about a mile and a half a day ( Nearest shop) I don't do anaesthetics very well, so have been off my food for the last three weeks when I had it done.
There has been minimal pain compared with beforehand, but mentally it has been a struggle, as I had no idea that I would end up with this, as I had been referred through the physio, who said I had a small meniscal tear and some early arthritis under my patella, which would be trimmed. I am an orthopaedic nurse(!), but as we see people either immediately pre and post op, and then for an out patients appointment afterwards we don't get to know what patients are asked to do in the meantime. I was sent home with the instructions of what to do after an uncomplicated arthroscopy, so started driving after a week (apparently I shouldn't have done that), and didn't know what exercises I should do. I have been to see the consultant today, and I have more or less done every thing ok apart from the driving, but I am going stir crazy, and the ring finger on my left hand is numb from the pressure used to propel myself on the crutches.
How did your arthroscopy go? I had mine two days ago, together with microfractures as the wear was so bad. It means that I am crutch bound for 6 weeks. I am so glad that I am in touch with the team that did it, as I feel at sea as to rehab. What have you been told?
I was certainly NOT implying that you were knocking our NHS, although it could do with knocking in some areas! I am just concerned that you are spending a lot of money, which you could probably use to get a private surgeon and the follow up which you would need at home. You would be spared the journey, which could be quite uncomfortable post operatively, and would hopefully be able to understand the nurse who wakes you up from the anaesthetic (and she or he, you) You could also be visited more easily by your family if you were kept in hospital, although most patients are scoped as day patients nowadays.
You can look up the outcomes of orthopaedic surgeons on the website of the British Orthopaedic Association.
I understand how you feel, having torn my own meniscus this spring time. I would just ask you to consider the above points, as well as the fact that a company, who is selling something are not likely to put complaints onto their website, and if you look at the patient's feedback forms received by people going privately or through the NHS in this country, most are glowing with satisfaction