Joint Surgeries

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Joint Surgeries

Synopsis

EPISODE 14 Wed 16 May
How do you know when surgery is the best option and who makes the call?

Meet The Guests

James Dunn

“It was a bit like going to a mechanic, when he tells you that your oil filter needs to be replaced, so you replace your oil filter.. So when he said I need a new knee and a new hip, what else are you to do?”

Carly Francis

“I was more than happy to have surgery, more than happy to have arthroscopes done … I think at that time you’re also willing to do anything to relieve pressure when it’s at its worst, or when you feel you’re at your worst.”

Rhonda Warburton

“He said I was too young, and that I needed to wait until I just couldn’t bear it any longer … I would leave his surgery crying and go okay, I have to deal with this again.”

Jessica King

“I feel like it was probably the most drastic sort of step, and I went there too soon.”

Rhys Donnan

“I think the arthroscopies were largely a placebo, because it gave me a break from what I was doing, allowed me to slow down.”

Yarie Nikolic

“I did not want to have my knees chopped off and replaced with plastic or whatever. I wanted to keep my knees as I was born and hopefully die with them as well.”

Professor Ian Harris

“Did the operation work? Just because somebody says they feel better afterwards, it doesn’t mean that they feel better because of the surgery.”

Dr Timothy Steel

“It seems that we’re now able to offer less invasive, better surgeries with a tremendous amount of safety than we used to … and we’ve got an aging population who are finding that they’re incapacitated by joint pain.”

Matthew Williams

“We’ve found roughly 15 per cent of the individuals that were going to have surgery, as a result of the improvements derived from the interventions, withdrew from having the surgery.”

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