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Offline jimyyy

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Fothcoming surgery
« on: November 25, 2009, 09:54:17 PM »
   Hi everyone,
I am happy that I found that forum for knee issues. The reason I am writing is that I am going to have a surgery on my knee due to a torn ACL.
However, I have some questions to ask that concern me. The first thing is how can I found a good specialist and where can I find him.
I am currently a student in Edinburgh. I looked on your surgeons list and I saw only one specialist in Edinburgh. I went to a hospital through NHS and they told me they'll send me to someone who has done these surgeries. The thing is, I am not from UK so I've no idea. I also had a chat with one of the top surgeons in my own country. Another thing is that it will probably cost a lot to go to a good specialist. Can anyone who had that kind of problem give me some advice how to proceed and suggest a good place, or one they've been to and it's been a success.
 Any help will be appreciated
 Thank you for your time

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Re: Fothcoming surgery
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2009, 08:50:52 AM »
Most of the private specialists in the UK work in the NHS as the "day job".
For instance my OS usually works in 2 local NHS hospitals for the day job, but he does private work at a private hospital which is where i had mine done.
I chose to go private as 1) i have private medical insurance and 2) i didnt want to wait as i had private medical insurance.
Essentially because i went private i got to have the head NHS man - the consultant do the operation, whereas in the NHS you would have one of his team doing the operation.

The beauty of the UK is that so long as you can wait, eventually the NHS will get round to sorting you out - it may not be perfect in terms of having to wait for your operation, but generally the care and skill of the surgeons/nurses/doctors etc is second to none. I've had 2 operations on my right knee since Sept, the last operation was to repair my ACL.
RT Knee collapsed 08/2009
MRI 10/2009 - torn ACL
Arthroscopy and MFX - 10/2009
ACL and OATS 11/2009
RT knee lateral release, mosaicplasty and medial reefing - 22nd September 2010.
Still not 100% OK :(