Man walking down the road

John, active 73-year-old

Consultant: Prof Adrian Wilson

Knee arthritis / osteoarthritis


John is walking further than he has for five years following AMPP® injections to his right knee for bone-on-bone cartilage damage

This non-invasive regenerative treatment allowed John to avoid a knee replacement and a lengthy recovery

John, 73, had suffered a stroke at the age of three, which left his left side weakened. As a consequence, he has always put much more pressure on his right leg which has had to do all the work.

He was brought up in a very sporty family and sport has always been extremely important to him. He has played golf and tennis all his life and enjoyed skiing and water-skiing up to the age of 68 (he is 73 now).

Three years ago, John gave up skiing as the right knee was just too weak and sore, and two years ago he stopped playing tennis, as he could no longer play as well as he used to. He was becoming really concerned about the risk of injury to his right knee.

A fellow tennis player recommended Professor Wilson who had performed a partial knee replacement for them with good results.

John had a consultation with Professor Wilson and they discussed AMPP®, which is a combination of Lipogems® and PRP. This course of action seemed the obvious solution for John as he didn’t want a new knee as he couldn’t afford to have his right knee out-of-action due to the weakness in his left leg. The non-invasive approach of AMPP® was also appealing to John as there was very little risk of infection and it had a lower risk than major surgery. He explains: “We were aware of the fact that there was a 75-80% chance of it working as explained by Professor Wilson and the effects lasts 2 years. Given my history and the fact I really didn’t want invasive surgery this seemed a good option.”

John went ahead with the treatment and says: “The procedure itself was really quick. I arrived at 11am and was walking back through Waterloo station by 5pm the same evening. The staff were extremely professional, the surgeons first class and everyone was so helpful.”

He updates after the treatment: “Since AMPP®, only two months ago, the bone on bone ache has disappeared and my knee is feeling very much stronger & more stable. I actually felt the benefits from day one, much to my amazement! I find daily physio, exercise bike, and walking very beneficial to my recovery, which I started a week after the AMPP®.”

John continues: “Following AMPP® I can now walk much further, even on very rutted and muddy tracks and don’t get tired so easily. It’s brilliant, because I love walking and I haven’t been able to do that without pain for 5 years.”

He summarises: “The whole experience with Professor Wilson was very good and I’m so pleased I saw him and took his advice on AMPP®.”

Professor Wilson concludes: “With the weakness in John’s left leg, a minimally invasive treatment with quick recovery was needed. The beauty of these regenerative treatments (Lipogems®, platelet rich plasma and AMPP®, which is a combination of the two), is how quickly the results are seen and patients are back to their normal lives. Really glad it has gone so well for John.”

December 2019