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I managed to slip over on 6-November-2015 and fracture the femoral head of my right hip. This blog is just to keep friends and relatives up-to-date with my recovery. It also will show where the NHS is good and where there is opportunity to improve. If you click the images tab (above) there are a few images of the break before and after the repair.

Update 10-June-2016 - sadly the femoral head has avascular necrosis and a total hip replacement will be carried out on 15-June-2016

I am home in Stoke Bruerne

Friday, 29 April 2016

Update following visit to consultant

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.

1 comment:

  1. Well it's a bit of a shame that it's going to take that long to fully recover but it must be very comforting to know that you are making much better progress than expected! Keep up the good work.
    Kath (nb Herbie)

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