"Pain control infirmation lacking"

About: Royal Orthopaedic Hospital

I was called as a late replacement for a full hip replacement at 8.00am and asked to get to the ROH by 12.00pm but was not seen in admissions till 5.30pm. The operation was performed that day at 6.00 pm and was back on the ward by 7.30pm. So far so good. I was discharged 2 days later!! even better. The problem is that I was not fully briefed as to the amount of post-op pain that is normal. All the information says that the hip pain stops straight away and you will need some pain killers to take as required for a few days post-op. I have had my staples out and am now 14 days post-op and the pain in the muscles of my thigh are excruciating but I am unable to find out if this is normal. The nurse who removed the staples says the wound is healing well but I can hardly move as the pain is so bad. Do I contact my GP or the ROH or my consultant? there is just not enough post-op information which causes anxiety and delays the relief that a hip replacement should give. So better follow-up information is needed

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Response from Royal Orthopaedic Hospital

Dear Mr Morris, hello and good morning Thank you for taking the time to let us know of your concerns and experiences. I am sorry that it has taken me a few days to respond - I think in the meantime, if I have understood well, that the ward team and PALS have been in touch with you and provided the information and clarity that was needed. I have highlighted this to the Matron in charge of the large joints directorate so that we can esnure we learn from your feedback and improve our communication and provision of information. Please don't hesitate to let me know if I can be of any help or assistance to you; I can be contacted on 0121 685 4128 or via email at roh-tr.pals@nhs.net thanks and best wishes Claire Williams, Patient Relations Manager

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