Hip Surgery Testimonials
Jon Conroy performed a total hip replacement for me almost two years ago. Before the op I was in constant pain with limited movement. Since the op I have been pain free, recommenced my skiing, gym and horse riding.
This has totally given me my life back. I could not recommend Jon Conroy enough.
My name is Megan and for the last 5 years I have been training and competing in martial arts. I have competed in Europe as part of the World Association of Kickboxing Organisations (WAKO) Great Britain team and have achieved multiple gold, silver and bronze medals along with CIMAC Super league Champion of 2013 and British Champion for my weight category of -46kg.
In September 2013 at the age of 15 following a training session and arriving home I was in excruciating pain and after seeing a physiotherapist and having an MRI scan a labrum tear was discovered in my left hip. I was then referred to Jon Conroy who performed a hip arthroscopy on the 7th of December 2013. Physiotherapy followed with Adrian Moore at Nuffield Hospital York and I was back in the gym by March very slowly regaining my confidence and ability to raise my leg again. By August my leg was back to full use and full strength, however during this time I had concerns about my right hip as the same symptoms were occurring.
At the end of November 2014 I had my follow up appointment with Mr Conroy for my left hip at which time I mentioned what was going on in my right hip. We discussed all the options and we both agreed another operation was needed before my hip got any worse. The surgery was performed successfully on the 15th of December 2014 and I was surprised to hear that the damage was much more severe than we thought.
I have now resumed physiotherapy with Adrian Moore in York and I am recovering well with very little pain in my hip. I now hope I recover like last time and get back to training as soon as possible to continue competing in the years to come.
I would like to thank Jon Conroy for doing such a good job, I would recommend him to anyone!
I would also like to thank Dr Brian Withington for just being generally lovely and dealing with my fear of needles, he really supported me through it. Last but not least I would like to thank Adrian Moore for his support and encouragement throughout both operations, he makes physio enjoyable.
After struggling for two years with hip pain during running and cycling I was lucky to be recommended and referred to Jon Conroy. The hip arthroscopy that he performed has enabled me to enjoy running and cycling again and even compete occasionally. Before the operation, six years ago, I had virtually stopped running. Because of Jon’s help I have had more active years than would have been the case without his intervention and I can’t thank him enough.
Thanks again for performing my hip operation. Only 8 months afterwards I cycled 500km from the Atlas Mountains to the Sahara. It was a fantastic trip with really tough cycling virtually all the way. We have another cycling trip to Bali booked for this year.
In February 2014 I slipped and fell which resulted in a very painful hip when I walked. I put off seeking medical advice for a few months in the hope that it would sort itself out. Eventually I consulted my doctor who mentioned that there was a possibility it was a labral tear.
Needless to say I Googled it and the symptoms did appear to be indicative of her diagnosis. I was referred to the Musclular Skeletal team who seemed prepared to label the injury as anything other than a labral tear. However I stuck to my guns and insisted on a scan which confirmed the tear. There followed a course of cortisone injections which gave me a little relief from the tendonitis that had been triggered but it was only a temporary remedy. Exploring my options further I was shocked to discover that the NHS do not, as a rule, fund labral tear operations on patients over the age of 50yrs. As I was 60 at the time it seemed that a complete accident had catapulted me into old age and my only hope would be putting up with the pain until I was old enough to have a hip replacement.
And then I was referred to Dr Conroy.
Despite it being against the normal funding dictates of the NHS he took a very pragmatic, common sense view. I was otherwise fit and healthy and fully appreciative of the risks and possible outcomes and he realised that doing nothing would ultimately cost the NHS much more money that the cost of repairing the tear. On that basis and with a view to me regaining my previous quality of life Dr Conroy carried out the Arthroscopy.
I am so thankful he did. I recovered very, very quickly and with only discomfort not pain and less than months after the op I was back to normal and able to again enjoy taking my very active young dog on energetic walks.
Thank you Dr Conroy and team for your commitment to improving peoples lives, your commitment to excellence and for using the NHS rules for guidance and not blind obedience. And for anyone over 50 with this type of injury - never take no for an answer!
Hi Dr Conroy
It's been 18 months since my hip replacement in May 2012. I am the American woman who moved to Germany about 7 weeks after the surgery. I just wanted to tell you what a difference the surgery has made in my life.
We went on our first hiking trip to Italy recently. Before the surgery a trail that was marked 1 1/2 hours to trek took me about 3 1/2 hours. But now it only takes a couple of hours for a hike like that and at the end of hiking I'm not exhausted and debilitated. I do a lot of walking as I live in a rural area of Germany with no pain and I could walk 1-2 hours every day of the week if I wanted. I feel great.
Also I am a yoga teacher and I'm happy to report that I can do almost all the poses I could do prior to the surgery. I started practicing about 4 months after the surgery, but it was excruciatingly painful. I was not able to really begin practicing until about 9 months after the replacement. At 11 months after the replacement I started teaching yoga again. I can even sit in lotus position now (cross-legged). However, lunges are still a little difficult but I'm getting stronger all the time.
Anyway, I just wanted you to know what a success the surgery was and how much I appreciate you doing your best work on me.
I would just like to feedback on my recovery since you performed my operation to repair a labral tear. After my 3 month post op consult with you on 20th July where all was progressing well I returned to steady running & building mileage. This has progressed very well & I completed the Great North Run on sunday where I was able to not only take part, but achieve a time matching that prior to the operation & less than a minute off my PB. I am convinced with further time to train I will be significantly quicker. Whilst running I have been suffering no significant discomfort & no pain after competing or in bed.
Please accept my sincere thanks for your work in repairing the damage to my hip in such a way that I have been able to recover to pre injury levels in 5 months. If you have any highly active sports patients with a similar injury who would like reassurance or discuss the recovery process I experienced in getting back to fitness please let me know & I would happily discuss my case with them!
Mr Jon Conroy performed my hip arthroscopy surgery to repair a labral tear and to remove the excess bone around my hip socket that had caused the tear. I am absolutely delighted with the results. At 8 weeks post-op, the severe unremitting hip pain I experienced for nearly a year has gone, my range of movement is much better and I am looking forward to getting back to cycling, horse-riding and a generally active life again. After having to limit my activities for so long, I can honestly say I feel like I'm getting my life back. The hip is getting better every day.
Mr Conroy is a highly skilled surgeon in the field of hip arthroscopy surgery and he really listens to his patients and shows real understanding and empathy.
Thank you Mr Conroy, I would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone.
12 weeks after my hip replacement I had returned to Greece and joined a group which gathered for a walk on Pendeli, a mountain to the north of Athens at 8 o’clock in the morning to avoid the summer heat. The walk was described as ‘of medium difficulty, though not long, the path is rough and the ascent is 350m’.
This is to tell you how thrilled I was to be able to do this without any pain whatsoever – and I wasn’t one of the last - and I wasn’t one of those who didn’t do the uphill bits – and yes, I was the oldest. Just to let you know how good it felt and to share the satisfaction of the outcome of the hip replacement only 12 weeks ago.
Thank you very much for giving me back a very satisfying part of my life.
Following a moped accident at 16 years old, I had to finish participating in my hobbies, I was no longer able to continue with these due to the pain that I was experiencing. I endured 2 years of doctors appointments, X-rays, MRI scans, physiotherapy, ultrasounds steroid injections. Many diagnosis' were indicated over the 2 years however after further tests I was told that nothing was actually wrong with me.
As a result of the accident and excruciating pain I was feeling I ended up having to have counselling. I though I was going mad, how could I have all this pain, everyone telling me there was no medical evidence to confirm the reason for the pain, yet I knew 100% there was something wrong. That's when I came across Mr Conroy.
Mr Conroy suggested a hip arthroscopy operation of which I was really nervous and worried about. I was operated on at 18 years old in late June 2015, we are now in August 2015 and I am already driving, fishing, walking unaided, no medication and best of all pain free. Mr Conroy found a labral tear which he managed to repair with a few stitches. I have to continue with physiotherapy for a while to strengthen and build everything back up. You have to be patient with your recovery and make sure you keep up with your physiotherapy.
I can not thank Mr Conroy and his team enough, he has given me back me life, physically and emotionally.
I must say I'm very pleased with the outcome of the hip surgery I have had from Mr Conroy. I'm 18 years old and was passed about by the NHS for nearly 2 years but as soon as I came to Mr Conroy he reviewed my problem and was able to perform surgery after roughly 2 months of seeing me.
I had the surgery an was able to walk after 6 weeks. Now it's been 6 months an I'm very very happy that my hip is much better an mostly pain free. Once you have the surgery you just have to keep up with the medication, keep staying active by walking now and again so you don't stiffen up and not to stay in one place for too long. Also strengthening your hip and legs after you are more or less walking and then you will realise how much it was worth having the surgery done.
Now I'm back to boxing full time training 6 times a week and having no problems at all. For that i would like to thank Mr Conroy an his team for their services and performing surgery on me, it has really made my life so much better. No more stress and no more problems.
Thanks so much!
In October 2013 I began to feel a burning sensation on the top of my right thigh, every time I sat down, which could only be called frustrating with the office job I currently hold. The pain was affecting both my work and focus which in my current capacity was difficult as the deadlines were tight and the workload extensive. After visiting Adrian Moore, a physio at the Nuffield Health Hospital in York, I was referred to Jon Conroy to discuss the idea of having a Hip Arthroscopy operation to correct my problem. Unaware of what this may entail I was apprehensive but Jon was fantastic in both clarifying the detail behind the procedure and also calming me down from being the worrier I am!
Two weeks after the initial appointment (14th July 2014) I underwent the operation which fixed my hip impingement and torn labrum. Things went extremely well and I am now currently on the road to recovery which is going equally as smooth. I started with the crutches which I only needed for a week instead of the recommended two and I was out walking lengthy distances also after a week to keep the movement in the joint. I am now into week four after my operation and although I have had a few twinges and pains, the symptoms have not returned and this leaves me with a positive attitude. I must say that although I was desperate to get back to work having the prescribed time off helps as it means you are not pushing yourself too far too quickly. I can only advise listening and taking note of what Jon says... It is only for your benefit even though I wish I could have disagreed when it came to work ha :)!
In summary I can not thank Jon enough for his efforts and I can not recommend his services enough should you begin to experience symptoms like mine. A further mention must also go to my current physio, Mr Adrian Moore, who not only forwarded me on to Jon but has been fantastic in developing a program that supports me in every way. If you are from York or the surrounding areas an appointment with him is where you should turn first.
Thanks once again!
Further to my review last week, I just wanted to express my thanks to all concerned with my recent hip replacement. The whole experience at The Duchy was great from start to finish with everyone being so helpful and attentive.
My operation has been a great success and it is wonderful to be pain free. I cannot believe ow quick and straightforward my recovery to date has been. I was nervous of having the procedure as I am only 51 but I am glad I went ahead and grateful for your reassurance and skill as a surgeon.
7 weeks post op yesterday and we are tonight treating ourselves with a short stay at Swinton Park, so lovely to be back doing normal and nice things. As I am now back driving, my next big goal is to be back on my horses in 5 weeks time.
As you know I have been seeing Tom Gooden for ongoing physiotherapy and feel that this as also greatly helped with my recovery.
Once again thank you , I can now get on with life!
I've had ongoing back problems since age 18 but it didn't cause any major problems – I still managed to run a half marathon aged 20! Occasional flare ups would generally get better with physio. The problems with my hip started in my late twenties – I would notice that after certain activities e.g. gardening or DIY, I would experience pain in my left buttock – but on waking the next morning it had gone. In 2010, aged 31, I had my first child. The pregnancy and 4st weight gain definitely exacerbated my hip problem but once she was born it eased and although unfit I was able to walk with the pram most days for 45 mins to an hour and lost most of my baby weight. In 2012 I had my second daughter and gained 5st in weight! This time I was less active after the birth and I have still not lost all the baby weight! However my hip pain at this point was still only intermittent following activities that involved lots of bending.
I'm an Occupational Therapist and have specialised in mental health for the past 14 years. My jobs have gradually become more sedentary as I moved into management roles. The real flare up for my hip came when I changed jobs in Sept 2013 and had a 50 mile round trip to work every day and then a 10 min walk from the car park. Looking after my 1yr old and a 3yr old also meant lots of bending and sudden movements. So I went to see my GP armed with a letter from my Physio suspecting hip impingement. The pain was getting difficult to cope with at this point and I was referred to Mr Conroy. After an x-ray and MRI arthrogram I was diagnosed with FAI with labral tear in Dec 2013 – at this point I was on Ibruprofen every 4 hours during the day and 30mg codeine on a night for pain. The impact on my daily functioning and quality of life was quite severe at this point and definitely impacted on my mood. The most upsetting part was struggling to look after my young children and not being able to take them to the park or to soft play centres by myself. Getting through the day at work after not sleeping well was also a major struggle.
I had surgery on 26th Feb 2014.
Immediately after surgery came the massive relief that my hip pain had gone – I came off all pain meds 4 days later and just used ice! The first 4-5 weeks I felt great – no or very little pain, doing all my exercises (very motivated!), resting, eating well (probably too well!), took it easy and didn't feel guilty for being off work! What did surprise me was how tired I felt and I had to have lots of afternoon naps. However I felt content just being at home (we moved house the day after my operation!), enjoyed daytime TV and the peace and quiet as my daughters were in nursery all day. 6-10 weeks post-op was emotionally hard. I felt I should be better by now. I felt frustrated, less motivated to do my exercises and my mood dipped. I also still felt really tired and had put on nearly a stone in weight – which made me feel rubbish! At 10-12 weeks I started to look back at how far I had come and the realisation that this was no quick fix! So at 12 weeks post op, guided by my knowledge of being an OT, I wrote some hints and tips to maintain positive mental wellbeing during the rehab process. I hope you find them useful.
I underwent a hip arthroscopy with Jon Conroy at the BMI Duchy Harrogate in March 2014 to fix a hip impingement and torn labrum. I'm happy to report that everything went very well and my recovery has been smooth.
After the operation I only needed crutches for 1 week, and was able to get back in the gym for light exercise after 2 weeks. After 4 months I am now able to hike for extended periods of time and can manage steep up and down hill walking without a problem. I've also recently started running again. I am now more or less pain free in my hip apart from occasional discomfort following sitting for extended periods or a long drive, which is fantastic especially considering my surgery was only 4 months ago.
The treatment I received from Jon was excellent and I was given full and honest information on what to expect during the operation and subsequent recovery. I would highly recommend Jon if you are in need of a hip arthroscopy! I would also like to mention that I've been rigorous in following the post-op physio programme set by Jon and monitored by my excellent physio Stacey Lalande at Physiofit in Horsforth, Leeds - and I'm sure this has aided my quick recovery.
Mr Jon Conroy performed hip arthroscopy surgery to repair a hip labral tear and to remove the excess bone around my hip socket that had caused the tear. I am absolutely delighted with the results. At 8 weeks post-op, the severe unremitting hip pain I experienced for nearly a year has gone, my range of movement is much better and I am looking forward to getting back to cycling, horse-riding and a generally active life again. After having to limit my activities for so long, I can honestly say I feel like I’ve been given my life back. The hip is getting better every day. Mr Conroy is a highly skilled surgeon in the field of hip arthroscopy surgery, but I feel importantly, he really listens to his patients and shows real understanding and empathy. Thank you Mr Conroy, I would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone.