“On the 8th December at the age of 66 years I underwent bilateral unicompartmental knee arthroplasty (otherwise known as partial knee replacements). This was due to some severe osteo-arthritis in my knee joints which made them extremely weak and painful when undertaking exercise but also at rest.
Following surgery the convalescence progressed well with physio support throughout the following year (2011). To date I am much stronger and more confident in the exercise I can undertake and completely pain free. Walking is now a pleasure.
Mr Cossey was positive, enthusiastic, king and painstaking which helped me completely understand what I was undertaking and how the surgery would benefit me.
I would recommend him to those people needing the same surgery.”
“In 2011 I was referred by my Chichester GP practice for an NHS full knee replacement procedure at the Portsmouth Spire Hopsital and following my research into choice available – Orthopaedic Surgeons at the Spire – selected Mr Cossey as my preferred choice. I selected Mr Cossey, an ex alumni of Kings College Hospital medical school, because he specialised in knee surgery and demonstrated significant experience in successfully completed knee replacement procedures. At my first appointment I was immediately puy at ease by his confident manner, simple explanation of the knee joint device and a “warts and all” guide tot he operation. My 4 day stay in hospital, physiotherapy, 6 month recovery and 12 month review want to plan. I am pleased to say that thanks to Mr Cossey’s skill and professionalism I am now able to enjoy pain free, all my pursuits of swimming, walking, travel and shipping. This was a classic example of the NHS and private medicine working together for the benefit of the patient.
Well done Mr Cossey and Spire.“
“I had been suffering severe pain in my left knee and was referred to Mr Cossey by my GP. Mr Cossey confirmed that the cause of the pain was osteoarthritis and said that he felt the best course of action would be a knee replacement.
When, In November 2009, the day for the operation came I was, to say the least, apprehensive. Although Mr Cossey had taken a lot of time and care to explain what would be happening, I was very nervous, particularly as I had opted for a local anaesthetic. My worry was that as I was awake I would be aware of what was happening in the operating theatre. I need not have worried. Mr Cossey and all the theatre staff put me at my ease, everything was explained to me and I began to feel really relaxed. The local anaesthetic was painless and produced only a warming sensation in my lower back and legs, and I remembered nothing more until I awoke in my bed on the ward. I felt no pain (that would come later when the physiotherapists arrived), no sickness, just the weird sensation of wanting to move my legs and being unable to do so. I was soon eating tea and toast.
During the rest of my time in hospital, I saw the physiotherapists every day. They showed me how to do the exercises which were often quite painful. However, I knew how important they were and kept going, no pain no gain, and pain relief was always available to me. I practiced walking up and down the corridors, first on a walking frame and then on crutches. I practiced going up and down the stairs and getting in and out of bed and after four days I was ready to go home.
I continued with the exercises at home and progressed to a walking stick. Six weeks after leaving hospital I saw Mr Cossey for my outpatient check-up and was pleased to report that I no longer needed a stick.
Unfortunately in 2012 I needed a replacement for the right knee; fortunately Mr Cossey was available to operate. This went as smoothly as the last one and I am now fully mobile. I won’t be running any marathons, not many people do at nearly 70, but I do enjoy a long walk in the country. In 2010 I walked a long stretch of The Great Wall of China and this year we will be walking in Burma. I do sleep without pain and I am very grateful for the new lease of life that modern medicine and Mr Cossey have given me.”