My operation in France: Fused discs

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

A fall from a ladder in 1983 led Karen Knapton, now 72, from Seyches in Lot-et-Garonne to develop back and neck problems many years later. Having had four operations in the UK to remedy her problems, she retired to France in 2006 hoping she would be able to enjoy her retirement in good health.

Initial symptoms

Over the years, I’d had several operations in the UK due to arthritis and problems developed after a fall I’d had in my 30s. My operations in the UK included having part of my clavicle taken off, as well as a procedure to remove discs to decompress the nerves; the last of my procedures in the UK took place in 2005.

I’d always dreamed of moving to France for a ...

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