"Pain relief for my two hip replacements"

About: Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital / Pain Management

(as the patient),

I had my first hip replacement in 2006 and my second in 2007. As I suffer from Ankylosing Spondylitis I had to have a general anesthetic. On both occasions I was also given a pain block injection in to the spine that was to have lasted for twelve hours,

With the first surgery it worked very well and I only used the morphine pump provided a couple of times as my upper leg was so completely numb that I could feel no pain.

I had exactly the same injection with my second hip surgery but from a different anesthetist this time. It was me who asked him for the injection and he sounded a little reluctant to use it. He did say at the time that he could not guaranty the result.

My upper leg was nothing like as numb this time and I had much more pain and so had to make much more use of the morphine pump. I post this story as in my opinion luck plays a part in pain management.

First surgery with one anesthetist excellent pain relief. Exactly same surgery but different anesthetist and very poor pain relief.

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Response from Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital

Thank you for your feeback. Our aim is to provide high quality services for all our patients and we are disappointed that your experience has not met the standards we set. The Trust is committed to listening to patients and improving their experience. If you would like the issues you have raised looking into, please contact the Trusts’ Patient Advice and Liaison Service by telephoning (01691) 404606; by emailing PALS.office@rjah.nhs.uk or write to PALS Officer, the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 7AG