Steve Backley OBE, the former Olympian and javelin world record holder, has joined forces with BMI Healthcare in London to support BMI The King's Oak and Cavell Hospital’s Active for Life campaign. Looking after your bones and joints takes a lifetime of dedication and BMI Active for Life aims to raise awareness around bone and joint health to help people keep flexible, active and doing the things they love.
Research from the National Joint Registry has shown that the number of knee replacements performed in the UK increased by 7.3% while the number of hip replacement procedures, during the same period, increased 7.5%i. The main indication for surgery in the majority of these cases (92% for hip replacements and 98% for knee replacementsii) was osteoarthritis, a condition that affects the joints. Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis in the UK, was also the main leading cause for ankle replacement procedures (83%) and shoulder replacement procedures (61%). It is estimated that around 1 millioniii people each year visit their GP for this condition.
Steve Backley is supporting the BMI Active for Life campaign to raise awareness around the growing number of people each year who are having knee, hip and other joint replacement procedures. Steve underwent a hip replacement back in 2005, and knows all too well the pain that patients can go through before surgery, "My need for a hip replacement left me in pain and reduced my mobility. But, my hip replacement has completely transformed my life, giving me back both my freedom and mobility. I'm supporting BMI Active for Life to highlight the importance of bone and joint health to hopefully help more people lead an active life to reduce their risk of needing joint replacement surgery as they age."
"Osteoarthritis affects different people in different ways. The main characteristics of the disease are mild inflammation of the tissues in and around the joints, damaged cartilage and bony growths that develop around the edge of the joints," Commented Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Mr Joyti Saksena at BMI The King's Oak and Cavell Hospitals. "This can lead to pain, stiffness and difficulty doing certain activities. While it is not always possible to prevent osteoarthritis you can take steps to help minimise your risk of developing it by staying healthy, looking after your weight, avoiding injury and keeping your bones and joints as healthy as possible."
Mr Saksena and his team at BMI The King's Oak and Cavell Hospitals have put together a guide on how Enfield residents can maintain their bone and joint health at any age.
To download the guide please visit www.bmihealthcare.co.uk/orthopaedics
As part of the campaign an advice line has been set up for people suffering from joint pain, or in need of an orthopaedic replacement procedure. You can get in contact with us by calling: 0808 101 0373 for advice.
"Bone health and joint health is something that we can all take for granted. While arthritis is never completely preventable we hope that this campaign, with the support of Steve Backley will help educate people to the steps they can make to alleviate their risk and keep them active and mobile well into retirement," commented David Henderson Executive Director at BMI The King's Oak and Cavell Hospitals. "Hip, knee and all forms of replacement surgery are extremely effective and can transform a patient's quality of life but as with many things prevention is always better than cure. We hope that the BMI Active for Life campaign will help raise awareness around the issues surrounding bone and joint health."
I am writing to thanks you & your staff fro the wonderful work you did on my hip repllacement. It is so nice not to be in constant pain and it's enjoy able to go for a walk now & not dread it as before. I can't thank you + the staff at the cavell hospital enough.
After years of arthritic pain, steroid injections, physiotherapy and arthroscopy (which actually made things far worse)... I now feel like a new woman thanks to the knee surgery you performed last month - I have no doubt this is due in no small part to your skill as a surgeon. The wound healed quickly, recovery has been rapid, without any complications and the scar is neat and beautifully stitched!!
Having recently undergone a full left knee replacement I am 100% satisfied with everything Mr Saksena and his team at The Cavell provided. I was given plenty of advice both before and after my surgery, which was very reassuring. My recovery has been rapid with minimal pain and within 8 weeks I had full extension and 130 degree flexion back in the knee. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Mr Saksena as an orthopaedic surgeon.
I had a total knee replacement with Valgus Deformity 7 weeks ago, and this gave the surgeon extra work to do, I only have good things to say about this surgery and after care with all staff involved at Chase Farm Hospital, as in my experience I have heard a lot of good and bad things about this type of surgery, Well I can only say that if anyone has concerns about this please try not to worry it is worth while as it has given me a new lease of life to what I had before, and yes the first 2 weeks are the worse, but please do try your exercises, because as they say you only get the real benefit if you are prepared to do your bit. Thanks very much for my new lease of life yet again.
I was very fortunate to be referred to Mr Saksena as an NHS patient and was very impressed with the treatment and care provided by Mr Saksena and the whole team at Cavell Hospital. Once discharged, someone was always available to talk to you and an appointment was made immediately if you needed to see a nurse (which I did several times, due to a normal discharge from my wound). The entire staff were all friendly, cheerful and efficient. The scar is very neat and after 7 weeks I am walking well and just using a stick outdoors.
I would like to just sincerely thank you for the job you did on my knees, both of them. Before I had my knees replaced I was in constant pain, which had been the case for nearly 5 years. It was so bad that I often wondered what the use was in living! Now, nearly 2 years later, I feel I have my life back. I can now walk without pain and every single day, and I mean every single day, I walk the roads that I walked pre-operations and I remember the pain that I was in for every small distance I had to walk. Now, I walk with a smile on my face and a thrill in my heart, so very grateful for having the freedom to enjoy walking once again. I also have great fun going with the grandchildren to the park and playing with them, which before the operation was impossible as all I could do was basically sit and supervise them. So there too there is a huge change.
You did a total knee replacement on my right leg on 22nd March in the Kings Oak Hospital and it has been very successful. I am now almost pain free with the knee getting stronger each day. I would like to thank you and your excellent medical team for doing such a neat job. I would also like to thank the wonderful nurses at the hospital who were always cheerful and efficient.
In September 2014 I underwent a knee replacement operation. Mr Saksensa was an amiable professional with a calming influence and caring nature. His team were friendly and supportive. My knee replacement was a complete success and I am still enjoying my favourite sport of skiing.
You performed a partial meniscectomy at Highgate Hospital in late april. I would like to thank you for your hardwork; the problem has been entirely resolved and I am pretty sure that is down to the procedure rather than the passage of time as the condition persisted during the prior two months. Some part of that is surely down to your skill.