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In fairness though, it would be remiss of me not to mention the role IKEA played in my knee replacement.
IKEA, as I’m sure you will all know, is a Swedish furniture manufacturer, famous for selling furniture in a ‘flat-pack’ form to be assembled when you get it home.
I had the option of a general anesthetic or, a spinal anesthetic that would numb me from the waist down.
I chose the latter, as the advice was, the recovery time was significantly reduced if you didn’t have a general anesthetic.
The option to be knocked out all together remained throughout the operation if I found it too uncomfortable or, more likely, psychologically difficult once the drilling and sawing began.
A screen was erected so I couldn’t actually see what was occurring with my knee.
I lay there feeling pleasantly drowsy as the surgeons did all the preparatory work.
Then they began.
It was very noisy indeed. Drilling, sawing, and hammering. I couldn’t feel a thing, but I could certainly hear a lot.
I pointed out that, with all the drilling and sawing, I felt like I was a piece of IKEA flat-pack furniture. This amused my surgeon very much as, he told me, he worked at IKEA in a Saturday job while he was studying medicine.
I mused whether his knowledge of knee replacements was medical, or mainly through assembling bits of furniture – so I asked him.
This caused much hilarity. So much so that they had to stop the operation for a few seconds while the surgeon composed himself.
The operation was a complete success and I can’t speak highly enough of all the staff involved.
I asked the surgeon why there had been two cancellations. “Too many people” he replied succinctly.
I was pleased about that as, whenever I say we have ‘too many people’ over here I get shouted at. You can shout at my surgeon now 🙂
I still need the right knee doing – hopefully, sooner than later. I hope I get the same IKEA surgeon. He was a good egg.