Severe Hamstring injury/avulsion

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Does anyone who has suffered the above live in the UK ?

I have just returned to England having pulled all 3 hamstrings from the bone in a waterski accident .

I can't believe this has happened to me and am normally an optimist but feel really concerned over what this means. I saw an Orthapaedic consultant who didn't give me a lot of hope as he said it was very rare and not a lot of people can help with surgery. I had a scan today and have to go back for the prognosis on Tuesday. Following the scan I was due to go for physio but told not to by radiologist due to severity of injury ie all hamstrings are off the pelvis. They could nt give more detail but said the consultant would look at the scan and check on the gap. I don't know how best to support my injury in the interim.

I'm on crutches and resting at home with pain relief. Any suggestions what will help at this stage or recommendations of surgeons /sports medicine doctors /consultants..? I think I need a specialist in this injury. Feeling desperate and very worried how long this will take to recover if ever?

I am a very busy mum of 3 children and work full time and can't drive or walk right now

Any hope of realistic advice you can give?

Would love to hear from anyone that could help From tracey

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    Hello Tracey And the others in his thread.

    I was nervous to have his surgery as some orthopedist as did not recommend it... But I followed the advice of one of Ruropen's experts in this surgery based in France - he has done nearly 250 of these in the last 12 years.

    I had all 3 detached with 4 cm retraction. I was operated on 15 days after the injury.

    I am now 7 weeks after the operation and am fine. I am a working mom of 3 and I was able to go to work with crutches a brace ( which needs to be worn at all times for 6 weeks) and amended seating after 10 days. Otherwise no driving, no standing for 6 weeks ( it does fly by).

    It is important to

    Confirm rupture early with Mri

    Find a specialist who has done his type of operation ( rare injury)

    Do it within 4 weeks of injury and chances of succes are much higher.

    Be very prudent for the first 6 weeks until the tendons re- attach - scar tissue finalized and wear a brace - to avoid straightening leg.

    Not take up sports for 3 months then slowly.

    The pain is really manageable - more the scar than anything else.. I had a giant hematoma after injury but none after the surgery ( they actually removed all the hematoma blood from the injury during the survey.

    For me it has worked - no complications so far

    And I feel that I will have a more solid leg..

    I am 50 and very active and also had knee surgery on the other leg and did not want to have 2 weak legs.

    Hope this helps.

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      No I haven't had surgery yet.. I had my accident 8 days ago I'm just doing as much research as poss because I had no idea this was so rare in the UK

      And am worried about my options

      I have looked at the N lefevre in Paris but don't speak French either so I'm waiting for my French friend to check it out for me

      I'm worried they will say no surgery because they don't know how to do it, even if I need it

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      I would really really appreciate you talking to Nicholas and finding out if he can recommend anyone in the UK Has he done many operations of this type? What was their success rate ?

      My scan results are available tomorrow and I don't have to go back to my previous consultant who already indicated if it was a worse injury he didn't know who be able to help me.

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      Hi Adriana

      We were in touch last weekend as I looked for support over my hamstring injury

      Thank you for sharing your story

      I have now had surgery to reattach my hamstrings

      The MRI scan revealed a full avulsion of all 3 hamstrings with 2.5 cm retraction bruising to the bone and a 10x5 cm Haematoma

      It's day 4 after was your recovery and how long before you were able to go to the toilet without pain and walk unaided?

      I would love to know when I will regain my independence and dignity and be able to walk, drive and return to work. I am a huge burden to my husband right now and it's tough on the children too

      I'm trying to be optimistic as usually am very positive but it's early days

      Hope you get time to respond


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      Hi adriana

      How are you doing post op now?

      I had mine on 2nd March it was a complete avulsion 2.5 cm bruised bone and giant Haematoma for the surgeon to fix

      It's 4 days now and I'm in the brace which is uncomfortable of course but if it all works I will manage

      Can you give me an update on your progress

      At the moment I feel a huge burden to my husband and 3 children and have a busy job which I need to get back to when I'm better

      I hope you're well


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      SUCCESS for me dépends on keepîimg on the brace- day and night... For 6 weeks.

      I went to work with crutches after 9 days - but tough..

      Bought handicap tools: toilet raiser, hospital table ( to work at homelayimg down), stool for shower, grabber...

      Took some pain killers- not much

      Worst issue at week 4 I moved around a lot on crutches and my back was twisted and had huge pain - put heat pads etc.

      Also. Slept with pillows under leg and small ones on either side for back- this helped.

      I had no complications

      Needs 6 full weeks of crutches.

      After 6 weeks - walk, drive sit better etc..

      I also got help from husband and kids babysitters.

      Time flies by.

      Will do muscle training at 3 months mark after injury- in late March.

      Hope this helps


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      Thanks Adriana

      That's encouraging ,day 5 after surgery now for me. I wish you well with your physio and muscle training when it was it after brace and a further 6 weeks of crutches that you could walk?

      Keep in touch with your progress , it's inspirational and give hope


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