My operation in France: Double knee replacement

The inside stories of readers who have had operations in France – and how they found the health service, by Gillian Harvey

Former nurse Lesley Giffey, 64, dreamed of moving to France for 30 years. However, it was not until 2016 that husband Bernard also fell in love with the country and the couple made the move to Thiviers, north Dordogne in 2016, before settling in Montpon-Ménestérol in February 2017.

Initial symptoms

I’d had pain in my knees for a couple of years, and thought I’d probably need to have them replaced at some point. 

I had seen a consultant in the UK who felt that cortisol injections might help but, unfortunately, they didn’t work.


In March 2017, I visited my GP to see whether I could see a specialist.

She referred me to the surgeon in the May and, after a ...

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