An inspirational one hundred year old lady has become the oldest patient to undergo a successful knee replacement.
Florence Calendar, known as Florry, from Stockton on Tees is recovering well after her operation at the University Hospital of North Tees.
Florry told us ‘’ I have had problems with my right knee for a long time, the pain was getting worse and I was taking a lot of pain medication. I was having trouble sleeping and would often have to get out of bed and walk around to ease the pain.
‘’ My son pushed for me to see a consultant but when I was told surgery was an option I was both shocked and surprised. I thought my age wouldn’t allow me to have an operation but the doctor told me he thought my health was good enough to both undergo surgery and recover well.’’
Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Shanmuga Maheswaran said ‘’ we have not performed this kind of surgery on a patient as old as Florry before, normally due to barriers such as deteriorating health conditions. To my knowledge I am not aware of a knee replacement being performed on a 100 year old patient anywhere in the county until now.
‘’ After weighing up the risks and the benefits we decided surgery was possible as Florry is in such great health, she is mobile, of good spirits and her memory is fantastic. The surgery was a great success, looking at the x-rays before and after its clear to see the knee is in much better condition with the prosthesis in place and the pain has been relieved.’’
We asked Florry how she has kept in such great shape, she told us ‘’my mother was a farmer’s daughter and i worked on the farm most of my life and it certainly kept me busy and in shape. We have had the farm in our family for over 200 years now; even my two grandsons help out so it has been in my family for many generations.
‘’ Apart from the swelling my knee feels much better; the pain has completely gone which is wonderful. I’ve been looked after very well on the ward and I would like to thank the staff for the wonderful job they do.’’
Staff nurse Nicki Edgar added ‘’Florry is doing fabulous, she was up and ready the day after her surgery which most patients half her age don’t do! She is upbeat and very keen to go home and get on with her life with the help of her son and grandsons. She has been a pleasure to care for.’’