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I broke my tibia, fibia and ankle (4 breaks) paragliding into a mountain.
I have a pin in my tibia and never had any plaster. The operation was in Spain.
When I returned to the UK, a junior consultant took an Xray and said all was well. Two consultations later, he says the same. The three Xrays all show the same gap in the tibia.
The senior consultant popped in during the second consultation and quizzed the junior consultant about the gap, saying that it had not healed and perhaps the screws holding the pin would break hopefully. Hardly inspiring.
I have been attending the excellent physiotherapy gym and can put full weight on the affected leg. I've just started work on my allotment too. I can feel the unhealed gap.
Another 8 weeks to the next appointment. I can't get hold of electronic copies of the Xray because the hospital cannot email my GP! They can only send a faxed copy which cannot be zoomed in to the gap.
I'm just wondering if I should ask to see another consultant at a different hospital.
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I have a rod inside my tibia held in place by screws. The screws keep the gap open as far as i can tell. But the communication skills of the consultants are appalling, so I don't really know what they plan to do apart from wait.
I think I'll go to my GP and ask to see someone at a different hospital. But I'll have to wait another 8 weeks for that of course.
I'll post any outcome here.
I wrote to the scretary as suggested and she rang me back. She suggested I ask the registrar a few more questions. I'll atend my 4th appointment in about 5 weeks and see if he can explain my progress.
She also explained that the NHS is not joined up electronically. Didn't they scrap the previous scheme, wasting millions if not billions of pounds? Incredible.
I'll make a post after the next appointment.
In the meantime, the NHS gym is going well. Now that is a great resource. But I cannot use some of the machines until I know the break has healed.
I asked about the fact that my foot now points outwards by about 7 degrees. He said that my gait would adjust. Is this normal? Anyway, that's the last appointment. I'll post back in 6 months after my physio is complete.
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