"Bilateral core decompression of both femoral..."
About: Leeds General Infirmary Leeds General Infirmary Leeds LS1 3EX
Posted by Hopallong poppy
I was referred to a prof at the end of October 2015, I had bilateral AVN of both femoral heads.
Within a week I had my first outpatient appt the prof ordered an urgent MRI and then called me back to say what they could do, I had my operation a week later. It was exactly a month from referral to surgery . It was urgent and the NHS has served me well. Everything was carefully explained so I could make an informed choice.
The admissions process was stressful and there was a long wait in the day case waiting room. Then lots of people asking questions that I thought were covered In pre op assessment. It seems a waste of staff time.
I have complex array of medical conditions snd was able to talk to the anaesthetist several times prior to the 3 hr operation .
I was told that 8am was the time of my surgery and it was prompt . I was frightened and they put me at ease.
In recovery the staff were brilliant,
I went to high dependency after the op, the surgeon and anaesthetist both visited. , felt reassured that all went well and my pain was well controlled .
Then on ward 50 I went to recover . This is on a separate review.
I went for an X-ray 24 hrs after and I was very woozy , it was late afternoon and I was off the ward for 2.5 hours. No delay in X-ray itself but the porter took me to a & e waiting snd I think I got forgotten it was 7pm when I got back I had missed a meal .
On the ward I have been treated with care and dignity throughout .
The Professor has been amazing . The took on my case when other specialist orthopaedic hospitals could offer nothing until the joints collapsed.
I'm 49 and had very poor mobility .
I will follow post op plans carefully and it will be a year before we know if bone graft has taken, but already after a week I have less pain.
I live. 80 miles away and this has been taken into consideration when giving appt times and doing pre op assessment on same day as seeing the professor .
Thank you for everything .