Helena Hughes Davies is eighty years old; yet she is 'young' in the knees and raring to go after a knee replacement surgery. The lucky octogenarian becomes the second person in the United Kingdom to undergo a knee replacement surgery.
In a 40 minute surgery performed at the Spire Hospital in Cardiff, Dr. Rhidian Morgan Jones fitted a specially designed slim line knee called as the Zimmer Knee. The cost of the surgery was about £10,000.
During the investigation prior to the surgery, Dr Rhidian found that that the cartilage in Helena's knee was practically eaten up. There was no way out other than a replacement. He advised her to go in for a specially designed women's knee replacement.
Talking about the novel Zimmer knee, an adapted knee replacement to suit the female body, Dr. Rhidian said, "It is specially contoured, smaller overall with a slightly different shape and angle for the fitting. The standard knee replacement which is fitted to both men and women is still fine for a vast majority of patients but the new knee is more suitable for women who may be taller, smaller or thinner than the average. It is a very good option for the right women and more comfortable."