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Knees-y does it for Yorkshire golfer Jeff

Alwoodley man is back on the course after knee replacement

WHEN Jeff Benedict steps out on the course today, it’s with a major sense of achievement.

However, that’s not entirely down to his golfing skills. The Leeds man is getting back to par both on and off the golf course following total right knee replacement surgery at Spire Leeds Hospital.

When the former taxi driver from Alwoodley retired, he had planned to spend more time reducing his handicap. However, he had suffered with debilitating knee problems for most of his life following a cartilage operation when he was 17-years-old after sustaining a knee injury playing football.

Before the operation Jeff, 69, needed a walking stick even for short distances. He’d had his knee cleaned out twice, which helped temporarily but he put off having a knee replacement, which he knew he needed.

“The pain was excruciating. It has felt like bone on bone for the last seven years and I used a walking stick because I was always afraid of falling and twisting it,” said Jeff. “I lived on a diet of painkillers to keep me going, but I was determined not to let the pain take away my enjoyment of life,” he said.

Then in August 2012 Jeff’s knee gave way completely on the course and he needed a buggy to take him back to the clubhouse. He said: “That’s when I realised surgery needed to be sooner rather than later.”

Jeff was referred as an NHS patient to Mr. Aaron Ng, consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Spire Leeds Hospital. Mr. Ng said: “After careful history taking and examination, I organised a radiograph of his knee, which confirmed the diagnosis of osteoarthritis of the right knee. This was due to wear and tear of the knee joint. The symptoms affected his daily activities and quality of life, restricting his walking distance and ability to climb and descend stairs.

He also had night pain, which disturbed his sleep.  He has had previous surgeries to his knee in the form of arthroscopies and lateral menisectomy.”

Jeff had a total replacement of his right knee in November 2012 and, just six weeks later, he was back on the course. “I cannot recommend the procedure enough,” he said. “It has completely transformed my life.”

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