Queen health news: Monarch urged not to ignore operation advice – ‘It’ll make it worse’

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QUEEN ELIZABETH II is reluctant to undergo surgery to take care of her health but this stubbornness could worsen her condition, one medical expert has warned.

The Queen told a friend last year her “knees were playing up”, a Palace source claimed, adding the monarch doesn’t want to undergo an operation because it would force her to take some time off. However, one medical expert warned the Queen against ignoring her knee problems as she may end up “making the symptoms worse”, making surgery no longer an avoidable option. Shamir Patel, leading pharmacist and founder of Chemist 4 U, told Express.co.uk: “Of course anybody, of any age, who has undergone surgery and then experiences problems with that area should seek medical advice and guidance. 

“It may well be the case that there is not a serious issue here, but that a check-up is needed to ensure everything is okay with the surgery that was completed 16 years ago.

“With any procedure comes risks, but most come during or shortly after the surgery.

“As Her Majesty’s operation was back in 2003, it could be thought that the chance of her developing complications as a result of the surgery are slim, especially because the procedure was not a knee replacement, but only to repair a torn cartilage in her right knee.

“However, all of this being said, this [the claim the Queen’s knee is playing up] could indicate that further knee problems may arise for Her Majesty at some point. 

The Queen told a friend last year her knees were playing up Image GETTY
The Queen told a friend last year her knees were playing up Image GETTY

The Queen told a friend last year her knees were playing up (Image GETTY)

The Queen took a few weeks off after her operation in Image GETTY
The Queen took a few weeks off after her operation in Image GETTY

The Queen took a few weeks off after her operation in 2003 (Image GETTY)

“The regular engagements and public appearances she completes can be tiring for anybody.

“If she is facing issues with her knee then putting strain and pressure on it could end up making the symptoms worse and could make medical intervention essential.

“Your knees support you greatly when you walk, and therefore the number of appearances and visits that Her Majesty undertakes will be putting a strain on them.

“If she is experiencing discomfort she should certainly take some rest and seek medical advice and support.  

The Queen underwent surgery in to repair a torn cartilage Image GETTY
The Queen underwent surgery in to repair a torn cartilage Image GETTY

The Queen underwent surgery in 2003 to repair a torn cartilage (Image GETTY)

“At the end of the day, her health and wellbeing is the most important thing here.”

After the Queen underwent a “minor operation” on her right knee at the King Edward VII Hospital, Buckingham Palace released a statement saying she would take only “a few weeks” off, during which she rested at Sandringham, her Norfolk estate.

The Queen’s knee seems to have started troubling her again in 2018.

A Palace source said after last year’s Chelsea Flower Show: “She was talking to friends at the Chelsea Flower Show and said her knees were playing up. 

The Queen carries out hundreds of engagements in the UK every year Image GETTY
The Queen carries out hundreds of engagements in the UK every year Image GETTY

The Queen carries out hundreds of engagements in the UK every year (Image GETTY)

The Queens operation at her knee was carried out at the King Edward VII Hospital Image GETTY
The Queens operation at her knee was carried out at the King Edward VII Hospital Image GETTY

The Queen’s operation at her knee was carried out at the King Edward VII Hospital (Image GETTY)

“But she is reluctant to have an op due to the time it would take to recover. She is incredibly brave.

“People from her and Philip’s generation battle through problems and carry on. And Her Majesty doesn’t like to cause any fuss.”

The Queen carries out hundreds of engagements in the UK every year.

In 2018, the monarch attended 283 events, one more than in 2017 – and a similar workload at her age may worsen the health state of her knee.

It is not clear which problem may the Queen be suffering at her knee. 

The line of succession to the British throne Image EXPRESS
The line of succession to the British throne Image EXPRESS

The line of succession to the British throne (Image EXPRESS)

One physiotherapist advised the Queen to keep her knee “mobile and strong” if she is suffering from arthritis.

Lyndsay Hirst told Express.co.uk: “If the Queen has been advised to have surgery due to arthritis, she needs to make sure she keeps the knee mobile and strong.

“There is good evidence that you can manage knee symptoms due to degenerative changes purely by exercising.

“Pain around the knee can inhibit the quad muscle from working, my concern would be that her mobility could be affected or the pain may cause her knee to give way.”

The physiotherapist at Your Pilates Physio also argued the Queen may continue putting off her surgery if she takes some precautions. 

The Queen could end up making her symptoms worse if she ignores the advise of doctors Image GETTY
The Queen could end up making her symptoms worse if she ignores the advise of doctors Image GETTY

The Queen could end up making her symptoms ‘worse’ if she ignores the advise of doctors (Image GETTY)

“So long as she maintains the mobility in the joint and works to build her quad muscle, she is fine to avoid surgery.

“Movement is medicine! I have had many patients avoid surgery by working with exercise as a management tool.

“Knowing when to rest is also crucial, if she has a hot, swollen knee then she does herself no favours by walking on it and aggravating it, rest but keep exercising (range of movement exercises and quad strengthening) until the inflammation settles.

“Even using a walking stick if appropriate.”     

Source: EXPRESS CO UK