A 73-YEAR-OLD grandad has conquered Africa’s highest mountain after undergoing revolutionary knee surgery.
Terry Gregory, of Lynemouth, defied the odds to get to the top of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, 19,000ft above sea level, just over a year after having his knee replaced using computer-navigated surgery.
The retired businessman has also been able to go skiing again after his knee was replaced using the OrthoPilot technique.
“It has been amazing,” said Terry, a grandfather of one. “Within five months, I was skiing again, and 15 months after the surgery, I was standing on top of Kilimanjaro.
“I have always led an active life and after, surviving prostate cancer, I was determined to see places and do things I’d never had the chance to experience before – and I did.
“I walked the Inca Trail in Peru and visited Madagascar and the Galapagos Islands and China, but my knee got progressively worse and was so painful in the end that I couldn’t walk any distance without poles and could barely get up the stairs.”
Terry was keen to get active again, so he opted to have his knee replaced by orthopaedic surgeon Derek Bickerstaff in Sheffield and is glad he did.
“This type of activity is not recommended after knee replacement, but it just goes to show what can be achieved if you correctly implant a knee into a very determined patient,” said Derek.