Back on top after arthritis

Terry Gregory on Kilimanjaro
Terry Gregory on Kilimanjaro

A RETIRED businessman who suffered from severe arthritis has climbed Africa’s highest mountain following revolutionary knee surgery in Sheffield.

Terry Gregory, aged 73, reached the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania after having his knee replaced by computer-navigated surgery.

He can also ski again as a result of the operation by orthopaedic surgeon Derek Bickerstaff, using a technique developed by Sheffield-based healthcare company B.Braun Medical.

“It has been amazing,” said Terry, who lives in Northumberland, and whose daughter and grandson live in Dronfield. “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, visited Madagascar and the Galapagos Islands and China but my knee got progressively worse and was so painful in the end I couldn’t walk any distance without poles and could barely get up the stairs.”

Derek Bickerstaff said: “It just goes to show what can be achieved if you correctly implant and align a knee into a very determined patient.”