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In my school years I was always a fast sprinter. In 1986, aged 14, I wanted to do hurdles. After only 6 weeks of learning the event, I won the Merseyside Championships (and won it in 1987 too). From this, I was selected to represent Merseyside in the English Schools Championships (ESSA) in Portsmouth which was for all the elite school athletes in the UK. I made the semi-finals of the 75 metre hurdles (75mH), narrowly missing out of the final by 1/10th of a second. I was then selected to represent Great Britain in the European catholic Student Games in Vienna Austria. I won a silver medal in the 400 metre hurdles (400mH). The same year, I was part of the 4x100m relay team running the anchor leg bringing the team home for a gold medal and crowned Northern Champions. In 1988 school exams took preference and I regrettably quit athletics.
Twenty four years later in 2010, aged 38, I decided to revisit the athletics track. Training was tough as I was unfit, had had 2 children but had never lost my determination or hurdling technique – I was so quick over the hurdle.2013 was a great track season for me. In my age group (40-44) I was ranked number 1 in the UK for the 100m sprint hurdles (100mH) and 9th in the 400mH. I was running fast and felt great.
In early 2014, I won the Northern Masters Championships in both the sprint 80m hurdles (80mH) and 400mH, and was selected to represent Great Britain in the World Master Championships in Istanbul. Disaster struck again though in October 2016 – severe groin pain. Too painful to even jog! Following consultations with Mr Gudena at Fairfield Hospital, St Helens, I was diagnosed as having ‘complete loss of cartilage’ and the hip was covered in cysts. I needed a total left hip replacement. I was devastated and initially thought ‘game over!’
I had my left hip replaced in July 2017 by Mr Gudena in Fairfield hospital. Surgery went well with no complications. Regarding my road to recovery I needed to be patient. I did everything that my excellent physio at Fairfield, Paul Marsh, advised me to do. I had to learn to walk with 2 crutches, then 1 crutch and then none. I ensured I completed all the required exercises, stretches and strength work and increased intensity as muscles strengthened. My constant gym sessions (which I still do now) helped me recover quicker – the static bike, the step machine, one leg squats and core strength to name a few.
I returned to the track at the end of 2017. This took a lot of discipline and patience. At first I couldn’t lift the left leg to the same height as the right leg when running. This mean’t more strength work was needed in the hip flexors and glute. Once I overcome this, the left leg would not extend the same length as the right. At age 46, I have just competed in my first hurdle race on 10th March 2019 at Sports City indoors Manchester in the 60mH. It felt great to compete again and I loved every second of it (literally) and ran great. I raced girls under age 20 and was not disgraced. I also won my 60m sprint race in a personal best time too.
Considering it was doubted if I would be able to sprint again, never mind sprint hurdle, I have the determination to work hard and succeed because I enjoy it so much.
I have 2 sayings to myself:
“Never give up hope – Run – Train – Live”
“If you can dream it you can do it”.
Thank you Mr Gudena. Thank you Paul Marsh. Thank you Fairfield.
~ Karen M
I was wheel chair bound for nearly a year following multiple operations on my right hip. I was seen by Mr Gudena at St Helens hospital, who explained thoroughly what he can do for me. I had my operation 3 months ago and half of my thigh bone was replaced. I am walking with a stick and my life is back.
Mr Gudena did a knee replacement in July 2013. I was out of hospital in two days and and I feel like a new man. Such a young professional credit to the NHS. I highly recommend him.
I am 28 years old and I had a hip problem called hip impingement. Following recommendation, I saw Mr Gudena, who explained to me about this problem and did Hip arthroscopy (hip key hole surgery). I recovered 6 weeks after the operation and back to my sports career... thanks to Mr Gudena.
One word... 'Brilliant service' overall. If you need your hip... he is the man.
I had my knee cartilage operation under Mr Gudena. Received excellent care throughout. I am taking my Dad to see Mr Gudena for his knee replacement operation. Mr Gudena is very pleasant and an excellent surgeon.
Mr Gudena is an exceptional Surgeon, explains everything in simple terms, very pleasant and professional. Had my Hip key hole surgery done with excellent results. I have nothing but praises.
My consultation was at St Helens Hospital and surgery at Whiston Hospital on 01/11/15. Both hospitals exceptionally clean, admitted at 07.30 and operation was 7.45. Everything was communicated well and the attention by the team was superb. Very well looked after by all. Excellent consultant/surgeon.
I travelled from Bolton to have my 3D customised Conformis knee replacement by Mr Gudena at Fairfield Hospital as he did highest number of 3D knees. I am very pleased with overall care and especially my knee. Had new lease of life. Mr Gudena is really an exceptional surgeon with great personality.