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Nottinghamshire pensioner speaks of anguish after knee replacement ordeal
Pensioner left with permanent severe pain after knee operation
A pensioner says he was robbed of a year of his life after a knee replacement went horribly wrong and left him struggling to walk and in constant agony.
Retired engineer Cyril Mundy, 71, had to undergo the trauma of having a second knee replacement on the joint due to the issues he faced following what should have been a routine operation.
Cyril, who had the problem surgery at Rotherham Hospital, has now been awarded a five-figure sum in compensation from Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust after specialist solicitors at law firm JMW challenged the care provided to him.
However, after being diagnosed with multiple myeloma, or cancer of the bone marrow, Cyril is outraged that a year of his life was spent in a living hell due to the pain he was in. He now wants to warn others of his ordeal.
Cyril, who lives in Rainworth, Nottinghamshire, and is married to Maria, 61, commented: “This should have been a routine operation, but months later I was left in so much pain that I could not even walk around Tesco.
“I am absolutely appalled by the outcome of the operation - my quality of life was severely affected and my wife essentially became my carer. At one point I told my GP that I would rather have my leg amputated than be in so much pain. That is a year of my life that I will never get back, and with my current health problems that is a huge concern for me.”
Our approach and investigation
Melissa Gardner, a specialist lawyer at JMW, took on Cyril’s case after investigating the care provided to him and harbouring concerns about the standard of the surgery.
It was later alleged that some of the cuts to Cyril’s bones were carried out incorrectly, and that the replacement knee joint was the wrong size, among other errors.
While the trust has never admitted that it made mistakes with the surgery, it agreed to pay Cyril compensation for his pain and suffering.
Melissa commented: “While I was very pleased to be able to secure some compensation for Cyril, the significant impact his suffering had on his life means it is vital that knee surgery at Rotherham Hospital is reviewed.
“The distress that a painful knee joint can cause can never be underestimated, and in Cyril’s case this meant some aspects of daily living were a constant struggle. After investigating the surgery, we found several areas of concern and we hope that hospital managers will look closely at these.”
The case in short
Cyril’s nightmare began in August 2009 when he was referred for a right knee replacement at Rotherham Hospital. Following the operation, his recovery went as expected and he was on crutches for three to four weeks.
However, days after starting physiotherapy he began to experience pain so intense that he could hardly put his foot on the floor. Over the coming weeks this worsened and Cyril could not sleep and could hardly walk.
Cyril eventually underwent revision surgery at Barlborough Treatment Centre in Chesterfield in July 2010 and the pain in his right knee immediately disappeared.