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Patient blogs


NJR's 'Hippy Chick'

The National Joint Registry (NJR) Steering Committee patient representative Sue Musson is the author of ‘Hippy Chick’ - a patient-focused blog to capture her experiences as a pre- and post-operative hip replacement patient.

Prior to her hip operation, Sue Musson commented: “I am passionate about relevant and reliable information for patients who are facing procedures like joint replacement surgery. Like many diagnosed with osteoarthritis, I’ve found life is less mobile, but no less busy! That’s why finding helpful information is so important. I thought it might help other patients to hear about my pre- and post-operative experiences and to provide some food for thought. I have certainly found comfort in the conversations I’ve been lucky enough to have with other joint replacement patients.”

Read Sue's installments at or find the links below:


NJR's 'Kneedyman'

NJR colleague Mike Swanson, also known as 'Kneedyman', has captured his experience as a total knee replacement patient. Mike works for the registry's IT and data management contractor, Northgate Public Services, and admits he is 'not the typical knee replacement patient'. 

Find out about his story at


External Patient Blogs

There are many other patient blogs on-line.  The NJR has listed a few below.

Please note: The NJR takes no responsibility for information contained on external links from this website. Views expressed by individuals on their own webpages or on external sites they link to are not necessarily those of the registry itself. See here for more details.


Questions and Contributing

If you have a question for NJR's 'Hippy Chick' Sue or 'Kneedyman' Mike, then please send them to  

If you would like the NJR to add a link to your own patient blog about experiences of hip, knee, ankle, shoulder or elbow joint replacement then please contact NJR at the email address above.

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