Dear Mr Singh,
Thank you for seeing me last week.
I wanted to write a note to thank you for doing such a wonderful job on my achilles tendon. I am a keen sports man playing very regular tennis, cycling, golfing etc. Many years ago, I injured my achilles and it has been a persistent, but manageable, problem for about 20 years. In 2011 the tendon got to the stage that not only could I not play sport (including cycling), but I even found it very painful to walk. This was all a bit depressing and I began to think active sporting pursuits were a thing of the past.
I had various tests on the achilles towards the end of 2011, which showed I had 40% scar tissue in the tendon. I came to see you early in 2012 and you felt an operation was appropriate – you operated on the 2nd February.
So how was it all? I did not find the few weeks of keeping my leg up too bad – good books and my computer kept me occupied. I did however find the overall recuperation very slow and at times wondered whether the operation was going to prove successful. It took a full five months from the operation before I was reasonably confident of my tendon. Once it started to feel good (when I stopped thinking about it) the recovery was very rapid.
By September (i.e. seven months after the operation) I was back on the tennis court, cycling to work, playing golf etc etc. My achilles feels better than it has for 20 years. I am absolutely delighted with the results. I am getting fitter and am returning to “fighting weight”.
So thank you and your team for your efforts. For other patients who are considering this procedure, my advice would be “100% DO IT”, but be prepared to be patient.