"Bilateral core decompression of both femoral..."

About: Leeds General Infirmary

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 .

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