'My knee feels fantastic right now' 

Ashley French, from north London, decided to go ahead with an arthroscopy after he noticed something was wrong with his knee. He hasn't looked back since.

“I did a lot of kickboxing and football, so I suppose it wasn’t surprising that my knee started to play up. It wasn’t exactly sore, but it used to lock when I sat down. I could also feel some floating lumps around the kneecap, which, if I pressed them, would disappear into the joint. It was more uncomfortable than sore, but trying to straighten my locked knee did feel painful.

“I went to my GP, who sent me to Old Church Hospital in Romford. They took some X-rays, which showed that a piece of bone had broken away from my kneecap and this was causing my knee to lock.

“The consultant suggested I have an arthroscopy, and after being talked through the procedure, I decided to go ahead. It seemed so much quicker and easier than open surgery. I was on the waiting list for a month. The operation was under general anaesthetic and I stayed overnight in the hospital. When I came round from the anaesthetic, I was a bit sore and drowsy, but it wasn’t long before I felt like myself again.

“I was on crutches for a week or so and had to go back to the hospital for physiotherapy once a week for three weeks. They gave me some exercises to do at home and I was back boxing and playing football after a month.

“The operation was a few years ago now and I have never had any problems since. I would advise anyone to have an arthroscopy. There is nothing to worry about and my knee feels fantastic now.”

Page last reviewed: 27/04/2015

Next review due: 27/04/2017