A patient who feared she may never walk properly again due to pain in her toe has said joint replacement surgery has cured it.
Anna Lynch’s left big toe was so painful at its worst that she feared she may never walk freely again.
But thanks to surgery she had at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust she is now back to full health – even trekking 10,000 feet up the Himalayas just months after her operation.
“I had always assumed it was a bunion and had just tried to ignore the pain, but it was gradually getting worse. By last summer, the pain was so bad that it was starting to lead to pain in my hip and problems with my gait because of the way I had been walking with this pain in my toe.
“I saw my GP who said I needed to be referred for an X ray. I did a bit of research and spoke to a friend who had been treated by a consultant at the trust and was very pleased, so I asked my GP to be referred to him.”
The doctor was consultant orthopaedic surgeon Rajiv Limaye, who assessed her and diagnosed severe arthritis.
Anna, a former NHS director who lives in Sunderland, said: “Mr Limaye told me that the only way the pain would go completely would be to have toe joint replacement surgery.
“I was booked in for surgery to the University Hospital of Hartlepool under general anaesthetic and went home later the same day.
“Almost instantly the pain disappeared – I didn’t even take the pain killers I was given. I was soon back doing my power walking. My recovery was so good that my husband Craig and I travelled to the Himalayas with my daughter to trek to the Tigers Nest, something I never thought I’d be able to do.”
Mr Limaye said: “When I first saw Anna I told her the only way to cure her of the pain she had would be a full toe joint replacement. After having the surgery, her pain was gone and other discomfort she had experienced in her hip and her posture had also gone as a result.
“I hope Anna’s experience will encourage other people with the same issue to choose this option of treatment.”