"It was tough. I'm not going to lie about that," Ford told reporters about missing out on England duty through injury this summer.
"Sitting there on a Saturday morning, in a sling, watching the Test matches was tough. But I had to get it done, the bottom line was I had to get it done, I couldn't carry on, I needed to try to give myself the best chance to get fit for the start of this season and try and start as well as I can.
"That was all I could focus on and all I've been concentrating on. It was hard to watch."
Bath continue their season next Saturday when they entertain London Welsh at home.