I'm about to see my GP to discuss options for TKR, aged 62. Benefits of arthroscopy and micro-fracture 7 years ago for grade IV OA have worn off and pain is now far worse than it was before that op.
My question is whether people feel private surgery is likely to lead to a 'better' outcome than the 'NHS standard'? I've emailed a couple of private surgeons who claim that more advanced prostheses, eg BCS Journey II or custom-made ConforMIS, are likely to result in more flexion, less pain, greater durability etc, but arguably "they would say that, wouldn't they".
I've also spoken to an anaesthetist friend who reckons the quality and experience of the surgeon and medical team is a better predictor than the type of joint and that better outcomes tend to come from specialist knee units.
Any views? Unfortunately in the UK the NHS does not offer an 'upgrade option' and TKR is an expensive operation privately at typically £9-12k per knee.
If anyone has a recommendation for a really good surgeon in the South or London that would be much appreciated.