David Jason looks chipper as he says he had surgery for 'bionic' hip

‘I am on the mend!’: David Jason, 83, looks chipper on ITV’s Lorraine as he reveals he underwent surgery to get a ‘bionic’ hip fitted – after postponing Only Fools And Horses convention

  • The Only Fools actor told Lorraine he is ‘on the mend’ following his operation 

Sir David Jason looked chipper as he appeared on ITV’s Lorraine and gave a health update following hip surgery – revealing his ‘bionic’ hip is ‘wonderful’.   

The actor, 83, who played Del Boy on the BBC’s ‘Only Fools’ sitcom from 1981 to 2003, said in August he needed to undergo an operation to have a ‘bionic body part fitted’.

The Only Fools and Horses convention was postponed to January next year amid his health scare before he confirmed his surgery had been ‘successful’ and filmed a clip of himself dramatically discarding his crutches.

Today the clip was played on Lorraine as he joined the show and spoke of his recovery.

Asked how he is doing following his operation, he told the host ‘I am on the mend’.

‘I am fine. I’m having a little trouble getting the muscles back because I was so infirm for two to three weeks as it were.

‘I wasn’t using the legs at all, that’s where I am at now, getting it back, doing some exercises. But the hip itself is wonderful.’ 

Sir David Jason, 83, appeared on Lorraine today and spoke of his recovery from surgery

Lorraine asked him if he was on the mend and he confirmed he is doing fine 

David was on the  ITV show to talk about book The Twelve Dels of Christmas: My Festive Tales from Life and Only Fools.

He also touched upon details of his upcoming show, Touring Toolshed, with Jay Blades. 

Sir David previously shared a statement on his Facebook page about having to pull out of the planned Only Fools convention. 

He wrote: ‘I am so very sorry for the disappointment and all the inconvenience it may cause but we are having to change the date of the forthcoming Only Fools and Horses Convention.

‘Unfortunately I have just been advised I need a new bionic body part fitted. I won’t tell you which part it is, or you will all want one!

‘And don’t worry it’s not being supplied by Monkey Harris, it’ll be the pukka gear.’

He added: ‘I really hope everyone will be able to make the new date January 13th and 14th. 

‘We can all have something cushty to look forward to! These events are such an enjoyable celebration for myself and the rest of the ‘Only Fools’ cast, and it is such a privilege to meet so many of you, but I want to do it with the smile on my face I always have had.’

I’m having a little trouble getting the muscles back because I was so infirm for two to three weeks as it were,’ he said

The hip is ‘wonderful,’ the 83-year-old actor said as he appeared on the ITV show today

He earlier gave fans the update on his health in a statement explaining why he couldn’t appear at the event

Sir David signed off his statement: ‘Once again, please accept my sincere apologies as it was not a decision I took at all lightly and I hope that you understand my situation. All cushty wishes until then.’ 

Sir David has struggled with his health after a ‘seriously bad’ battle with Covid in July 2022.

The viral infection left him so frail he suffered a fall at his home in Ellesborough, Buckinghamshire, and told BBC Breakfast about his tumble ‘All the muscles weren’t working. I collapsed and I fell against the radiator. I was so weak, I couldn’t get up.

‘I tried for about a quarter of an hour, trying all sorts of things to stand up so I could walk about.

‘But in order to do that, I had to use my head. So now I’m lying face down on the ground, and in order to get to the door – and the arms really weren’t working and the legs weren’t working – I was using my head to drag me to the door.’

It is thought Covid triggered a condition called myalgia, which causes muscle aches and pain and can strike at ligaments, tendons and fascia – the soft tissues that connect muscles, bones and organs.

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