The knee is better than ever after my ACL reconstruction (December 2017)! I ran my first half marathon last Sunday in 1hr 41mins, just under 14 months on from going under. I just wanted to touch in to say thank you for the incredible work you did both before and after the surgery. You have enabled me to get much fitter and healthier than I was prior to this injury and I thank you immensely for that.
An update on my meniscal repair. I wanted to share that I’ve just come back from two skiing holidays, a week with the family, and immediately afterwards a long weekend with friends. After a gentle start for the first hour, I skied for the rest of the time at the same standard, pace, control and balance as when I last went - before my injury. It was amazing. I knew that my knee was 100% recovered when I realised that both my legs ached equally after spending a whole day skiing with people who live in the ski resort. I couldn’t tell which of my knees had had surgery. Many, many thanks for the excellent work, and the brilliantly paced rehabilitation.
Mr Akhtar was very friendly; he put me at ease and always apologised for running behind schedule, even if this was just by a couple of minutes. Mr Akhtar took time to explain the options available to me; it didn’t feel rushed and he didn’t force me into an operation. Everything was in plain English; Mr Akhtar drew diagrams and used models to ensure that I fully understood and could make an informed decision. The injection that I was given seems to have worked, which is a very good outcome as far as I am concerned; prior to this, I had weeks of physiotherapy with very little noticeable improvement in my symptoms. Even if this doesn’t work longer term Mr Akhtar gave me the option of going back for another injection in a couple of months’ time. Mr Akhtar always took the time to check whether I had any questions before leaving the appointment. I would highly recommend Mr Akhtar and I would feel comfortable approaching him regarding any further treatment in the future.
I am delighted by the care that I received from Kash Akhtar for my torn meniscus and give him my highest recommendation. His explanations of what he would likely find, and how he would proceed, during surgery were thorough and clear, and he gained my complete confidence. On the day of the procedure, he once again took me through what was going to happen, and gave me precise information about how I should structure my convalescence. I cannot believe how quickly I have recovered -- after months and months of pain, I am now walking quite normally and without any discomfort just two and a half weeks after the surgery -- indeed, the discomfort has been minimal throughout, even on the days following the procedure. In my follow-up appointment, Kash talked me through the video of the procedure, showing exactly what he had done (and not done) to address my poor ravaged meniscus. I enjoyed all my interactions with Kash -- he is a great communicator and an excellent surgeon. I consider him to be an intelligent and compassionate individual who also has technical skills and knowledges of the highest order.
I was referred to Dr Akhtar for a pain in my knee, after an MRI he explained to me that my meniscus was damaged and I needed a surgery to fix the issue (debridement) He was very knowledgeable and reassured me about the outcome and full recovery. Having been a professional footballer, I really wanted to be able to carry on playing football with my children and thanks to Dr Akhtar I am now back to normal and on the field! I would described Dr Akhtar as a very professional, approachable person. He always explained things in details and he is very reassuring. Thank you