Prison Pete

Tuesday, October 14, 2008
  Leg report - Breaking News.
Be careful what you wish for. I had been anxiously awaiting my next follow-up appointment. I had a second CAT scan back in August. After more than five months on crutches and not putting any weight on my right leg, it appears it is still not healing! The alternative to the femur not healing itself: rip it and part of my perfectly good hip out, and replace with man-made (as opposed to God-given) parts.

Now I again am reaching out to my ever faithful readers and asking for any input on the subject of hip replacements. I know there is more than one type, and at this point I still have not met the surgeon who will be doing the operation. The surgeon that did the first operation, placing three pins into the femur to hold the ball end of the bone in place, no longer does the full hip replacement surgery. This could be a good thing since this created the opportunity for an automatic second opinion.

From a pure layman's perspective, I see reason for my continued use of crutches, keeping all weight off my leg until the bone either heals or begins to die.

So now if you are reading this you are asked to put your two cents in. What are the questions?

How long can I wait to see if bone will heal?

And do you have personal experience with hip replacement hardware?
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