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Offline sjdean

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When Should Quadriceps Tendon Be Repaired
« on: December 17, 2018, 10:05:58 AM »
The literature I've read suggests a few days to a week is the optimal time for surgery to repair a ruptured Quadriceps Tendon. A week at the latest.

I've now been waiting 11 days with no sign or surgery on the horizon. I'm on a rolling list at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

Should I be concerned about going past two weeks?

Simon

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Re: When Should Quadriceps Tendon Be Repaired
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2018, 11:05:10 PM »
I'm not very knowledgeable about your particular issue.  My damage has been all cartilage, so I can't comment on how long you can afford to wait, as all I've read is the same as what you have.  I learnt the hard way that waiting for too long can turn a six month recovery into a life of knee problems, pain and limitation.

I had my most recent operation at the Royal Orthopaedic in Birmingham, so the waiting time may differ slightly, but I was waiting for nine months from the time I had my first GP visit to when I had surgery.  I had to be transferred to a more experienced specialist, so my wait was longer than it may otherwise have been, but unless they've listed you as absolutely urgent, I wouldn't expect you to be treated for a few months.

Have they told you it will be soon?  When I first had a knee injury three years ago, I had no idea that the NHS protocol was basically to leave you to ruin for months before operating.  You need to be on their case constantly so that someone you speak to actually helps get things done.
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Re: When Should Quadriceps Tendon Be Repaired
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2018, 06:59:36 PM »
12 years ago, tendon ruptures were treated as emergency. I was done within 72 hours.

As far as I know that is still the case. They told me it should have been done in the first week. But now 12 days on, they have no surgeon availability.

I'm on a rolling list. But I can't drive, can't bend my leg. Are they trying to make me unemployed and disabled?

I can't afford to spend an indefinite amount of time at home. It's ridiculous.

Simon

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Re: When Should Quadriceps Tendon Be Repaired
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2018, 07:01:37 PM »
Can they refer you to another hospital? Maybe one that isnít a major trauma centre? Even a private one on the NHS?
No private healthcare through work presumably? Although come Saturday thereíll be no private ops for a couple of weeks either.
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Re: When Should Quadriceps Tendon Be Repaired
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2018, 07:35:02 PM »
They practically flat out refused a referral. Obviously won't be done tomorrow.

So I'm taking matters into my own hand.

I'll make a complaint to PALS, contacted my mp, will speak to my GP and contacting other hospitals myself.















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