Archive | July, 2013

Yesterday’s Appointment

31 Jul

Just a quick update about the appointment I had at the hospital in London yesterday…

I had some measurement films done (x-rays with a ruler held up against my legs), some blood tests (which I really, really don’t like… they are the bit of hospital trips that I hate the most because I can’t stand the feeling of blood being drawn out of my body!) and a couple of ECG scans as part of the pre-admissions stuff.  What I didn’t do was see the surgeon, so I don’t really have any news about what’s happening with my hip replacement!

 

Will post again when there is something to tell! 

 

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Inside my legs… X-Rays!

25 Jul

At the appointment with the surgeon earlier on this week, I gained access to all the x-rays of my legs that have been taken since 2008.  Some of them look quite interesting (or maybe it’s just because they’re of my legs?!) so I thought I’d post them on here…

 

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This one is of the first Taylor Spatial Frame I had, before the pins had been turned and when the bone was broken and wonky. The break in the bone can be seen clearly.

 

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The image above shows the same leg, once the frame had been altered and the bone was straighter… and the image below shows where bone growth began (where the white cloudy bit is filling the break.)

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The x-ray above shows the last post-frame in a plaster cast.

The following images are of the second TSF I had in 2011…

 

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And before I bore everyone with these… this final one shows why my right knee wouldn’t bend after the TSF was taken off.  The two bones were jamming up against one another!

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I shall update this blog again on Tuesday after my appointment!

 

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X-Ray… of the hip that is hopefully soon to be gone!

22 Jul

This evening, I have been to see another surgeon about my ever increasingly annoying right hip… that is soon to be replaced, on the 6th of September. As this appointment was with a private surgeon, I was able to keep the x-rays, and so I thought I would post one on here for purpose of comparison between a ‘normal’ hip joint and mine (I’m not convinced the explanation I’ve been giving really makes it clear!). The photo below shows how I do not have a socket for the hip joint – meaning I have been walking about on what is essentially a dislocated hip – and that the ‘ball’ of the joint is far from it. It’s more like a spike… which is another reason it’s been getting more painful by the week, as the bone is slowly wearing down to nothing!

That’s all the news for now, though I do have an appointment next Tuesday (the 30th) for measurement films and pre-ops… so things are seeming very very close now. Eek.

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