Patient Case Study: Christopher Bloore

Seven years ago Christopher Bloore was a thrill-seeker, who led an extremely active lifestyle.

He was a keen mountain biker, who also raced sidecars at racetracks all over the country – including the Isle of Man TT races. 

That was until he started suffering with knee problems in 2009, after an accident on a mountain bike.

Mr Bloore, 45, a Mechanical Engineer from Market Drayton in Shropshire, said: “I went from living an extremely fast-paced, busy and active lifestyle to not really be able to do much at all, which was really hard for me, as well as for my wife and kids.

“It meant I wasn’t able to do things we all take for granted, I wasn’t able to go anywhere or take the kids on holiday. It was really frustrating.

“My knee just gave way as the cartilage was worn, and as a Mechanical Engineer, you spend a lot of time on your knees, so that made my working life very difficult, in total over the past seven years I’ve probably had about two of those in total off.”

Mr Bloore (pictured with his wife, Emma) said the pain had “taken over his life” and eventually piled on five stone due to not being able to take part in any physical activity.

He had had enough – until he was referred to The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, where he was seen by Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Professor. James Richardson, who put him forward for ACI.

Mr Bloore started the trial in April 2016 and has not looked back since.

He said: “I’m delighted I was given the chance to trial ACI, I’m able to live a normal life again, I’ve even managed to shift the five stone I’d put on from inactivity. I’m absolutely delighted, it’s made a huge difference to not just my life, but also my wife and kids.

“I’ve made huge progress since the trial. I’m back at work, and I’m able to move around again. It’s made a huge difference to my quality of life.”