Surgery and a high BMI
Hello I am so glad to have found you. I will try to keep this short. I was first advised I had arthritis in my knee 5 years ago. I was put on a list to see a consultant but advised then I was a bit young and should lose some weight. I joined a gym and was working out 3 times a week until a flare up meant suddenly I was in immense pain.
Back in 2021 I was invited to have a new x ray and it was decided I needed surgery, my BMI was checked and I was advised to lose weight, I am only 5foot so BMI isn't very forgiving! A few months later I received a pre op appointment.I was delighted. I was in the ward and first thing was to take my height and weight, I was told to come back when I had lost weight. I was out in 5 minutes absolutely devastated.
I can't exercise as I can only walk now with a walker, I need 2 knee replacements, I have lymphoedema which makes my legs ache, I had surgery for cervical lymphoedema in 2021 which has halted symtoms but not improved them. I have lots of problems as a consequence. Including weight gain partly from the side effects of drugs. My mental health has just got worse and I feel hopeless.
My question is how can I ask the GP to help me get surgery based on the fact that research has shown that BMI shouldn't be a reason to refuse surgery.
Sorry for the long post and thanks for reading
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