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Offline Peter Le conte

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Knee injury in foreign country - multiple fractures
« on: August 25, 2010, 04:27:41 PM »
Hello and what a wonderful resource!

Briefly Im ex-pat English, I live in Moldova and recently fell, classic knee strain, quads torn and kneecap damage.
The medical facilities over here are somewhat basic, I dont speak Russian and am in a pretty pickle.

Luckily (?) Siemens have a diagnostic facility close to my apartment and Ive had a MRI this morning and have multiple kneecap fractures plus associated quad damage.( Waiting for a English translation on the basic report)

I don't have medical insurance and frankly apart from seeing a Russian speaking Doctor who the analyis facility recommend, I'm at a loss to know how to get anything in motion. I have a pretty MRI scan sheet (looks like a large X ray to me) and a CD with imagery on it.

Can anyone offer any advice - is this something I should try to sort out privately in the UK? Is there anyone who has a contact that would be worth at least some form of long-distance consultation with? I don't know what is possible ... be grateful for any advice really.

Kind reagrds

Peter

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Re: Knee injury in foreign country - multiple fractures
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2010, 08:19:19 PM »
Oh dear, poor you

Can the British Embassy help in any way with at least finding an English speaking doctor or providing a translator?  http://ukinmoldova.fco.gov.uk/en/
http://ukinmoldova.fco.gov.uk/en/help-for-british-nationals/when-things-go-wrong/if-you-need-doctor

I am sure there are private specialists in the UK who could perhaps help? 
There is a list of knee specialists on this forum.  The London Bridge Hospital has a very good reputation or the knee specialists at the Royal National Orthopaedic in Stanmore. 

Is there anyway you can get home - again, talk to the Embassy I'd say

Hope it all works out for you :)
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Re: Knee injury in foreign country - multiple fractures
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2010, 09:40:37 PM »
Thanks very much for your kind and thoughtful response.

Our Embassy here is  in my opinion a total joke, compared to consular services Ive had in other parts of the world leastways.
But thanks anyway.

I'm able to get to the UK if necessary, probably want to try and see if I can find what treatment and costs to expect there
would seem that whilst an MRI isnt the Holy Grail it should enable at least an opinion for disgnosis, I'll see if I can get a dilaogue with the one you mention in Stanmore going.


Many thanks

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Re: Knee injury in foreign country - multiple fractures
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2010, 10:26:03 PM »
That's a shame!  I am not familiar with the ins and outs of embassies, just seemed a logical place to start  :)

The Stanmore surgeons have their private practices at the Spire Bushey hospital  http://www.spirehealthcare.com/bushey/Orthopaedic-Surgery/
I saw Mr Skinner last week there, and others on here have been treated by him too.  Has a very good reputation.

I'll send you his sec's contact details by PM


« Last Edit: August 25, 2010, 10:30:09 PM by Vickster »
Came off bike onto concrete 9/9/09
LK arthroscopy 8/2/10
2nd scope on 16/12/10
RK arthroscopy on 5/2/15
Lateral meniscus trim, excision of hoffa's fat pad, chondral stabilisation
LK scope 10.1.19 medial menisectomy, trochlea microfracture, general tidy up

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Re: Knee injury in foreign country - multiple fractures
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2010, 10:43:34 PM »
Many Thanks for the contact info Victoria!
 
My problem is trying to see if I can get a diagnosis if I get the CD with my MRI scan to a UK Doctor.
I CAN walk ( albeit slowly with a crutch) and i know I can fly, albeit Business class ( I'm tall and leg room when I was fit was an issue!)
 
I have made contact with an OS in the city hospital, limited English but my wife will do her best translating. (Medical  terminology is hard to translate...)
 
Hopefully should know more after Saturday which is when I will have a consultation - having seen the normal hospitals here I dread surgery here, they are positively pre-war and for a non Russian speaker a real nightmare! Teach me to live in a foreign country!

Best Regards
 
 
Peter

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Re: Knee injury in foreign country - multiple fractures
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2010, 10:51:33 PM »
You're welcome

All the best of luck with it :)
Came off bike onto concrete 9/9/09
LK arthroscopy 8/2/10
2nd scope on 16/12/10
RK arthroscopy on 5/2/15
Lateral meniscus trim, excision of hoffa's fat pad, chondral stabilisation
LK scope 10.1.19 medial menisectomy, trochlea microfracture, general tidy up















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