A very quick and efficient visit to Northampton General this morning mainly thanks to Steph Furniss of CRT who was kind enough to drive me there and back.
I saw the 'head honcho' Mr Northover this morning:
- The good news is the structure of my hip is very sound
- He thinks I am way ahead in terms of recovery than he would have expected 6 months after the breakage and that I should continue to walk as much as I can
- He could see the difficulty I was experiencing in bending around the joint which he thinks may be due to the big tendon running over the metalwork of the repair and being irritated by it. The options (in about 6 months) will be:
o Do nothing because everything is now OK
o Remove the metalwork
o Replace the hip
o Give a couple of steroid injections
- None of this can be contemplated for about another six months at the earliest to give the hip more time to recover on its own
- He said that I am quite unlikely to ever be without some form of very slight disability (e.g. a slight limp)
- There is ‘damage’ associated with ‘anno domini’ which is more pronounced on my right (bad) hip and as ‘expected’
I popped into the ward is was on – ‘Abington’ and by chance spoke to the physio who thinks it will take between 12 and 18 months for me to get back to full fitness.
I feel much more settled now that I understand a bit more of what is going on.