I had previously had 4 years of knee pain that was not going to get better, but Mr Elson explained everything about what I needed and the results have been excellent. After 4 years of pain and inactivity, the surgery I had means I am now able to run, enjoy the outdoors and most importantly, play with my children. I was always treat with care and respect, which means a lot to me.
Excellent experience regarding Mr Elson. All questions answered thourouly and any explanations that I needed were done brilliantly.
Looking forward to my next appointment with Mr Elson.
Mr Elson is a great surgeon and an even better person..very helpful and caring
Fantastic surgeon , kept me informed throughout my surgery always willing to answer any questions I had made the whole process very understandable.
At age 59 arthritis in my left knee brought me to a sudden and painful halt. I simply couldn't walk. Which is something of a setback for a postman. There followed a lengthy (10 months) period of following the NHS processes of physio, antiinflammatory's MRI. During this period I became extremely anxious and depressed. I eventually got an audience with a surgeon who, extremely reluctantly, agreed to go ahead with an arthroscopy. After the operation he explained he hadn't "done too much" and there was nothing further he could do for my pain. Aparrently my arthritis was level 3 and wasn't deemed severe enough to replace the knee despite my crippling pain. I was desparate and pleaded with him for some help. It's fair to say we didn't really get on!! He said there was a procedure called an osteotomy which I MAY qualify for but he couldn't do it and was only available to a minority of candidates. He put me forward for it (thank goodness) and that's when things really changed for me.
Within 3 months I had my appointment with David Elson in Gateshead. WHAT a difference to my local surgeon! From the start David and his team gave me hope, with an extremely pragmatic approach to my situation. He was positive, upbeat, direct, and clearly understands his subject thoroughly and with such enthusiasm! He granted me the operation and explained what he was going to offer in plain, easy to follow language. His 'can-do' approach gave me renewed confidence. After the interview a date for the operation quickly followed. It went well, VERY well! I followed David's advice on post op recovery to the letter and 10 weeks later was back walking 10/15 miles per day......pretty much pain free!! I'm now coming up 61 and honestly believe I've been blessed to have been offered an osteotomy. It is no exaggeration to say David (and his staff) gave me my life back. Not only did he perform an osteotomy, but also did extensive work on regeneration of the cartilage. Amazing surgeon! Great guy!
Very informative from start to finish. Happy to answer any questions. Gives realistic outcomes.
Thank you for seeing me so soon and for the excellent job you did on straightening my leg. I am looking forward to being back on my bike soon and will be grateful when I can do all the activities that I enjoy again.
Thank you, Mr Elson, for everything you have done. Take care
Thank you for all your care and attention throughout my stay.
Thank you for doing such an amazing job of reconstructing my ACL. Especially for calming me down when I was nervous and being very helpful in explaining it all. I will never forget this - thank you so much
Mr Elson has given me my life back can't thank him enough.
Always friendly, happy and confident in clinic. All staff willing to help and answer questions. The operation performed worked well. Every step was clearly explained. I would recommend this clinic to anyone.
Fantastic operation.has improved my life no end. No pain at all from arthritis.
Have been happy to be given every option and means possible to help attempt to improve the longevity of my knee from Doctor Elson and his team
For Mr Elson and his team: Thank you for the care you gave me for my fractured leg.
Job well done, really chuffed with my knee replacement. Thank you so much.
Following my knee surgery (tibial tubercle osteotomy), my mobility has improved and I can share some of my recent achievements. Staithes 10885 steps, Edinburgh 17390 steps, Windemere 20215 steps, York 15918 steps, plus a 3k cycle ride each day! Thank you for everything.
I would like to thank you so much for my knee replacement. It was worth all the pain and everything else that went with it. At 10 weeks I have a new lease of life and you gave me matching scars just like I requested. I am very grateful to you and your team at the QEH.
Just to say, many many thanks for improving my mothers' quality of life - we are very grateful. The care she has received has been second to none. Very best wishes for the future.