Oct 27, 2009

Proposed feature by Robert Barrett – bone necrosis (avascular necrosis) following major surgery.


Robert has been contacted by a lady who underwent radical surgery for breast cancer and within weeks became crippled by pain in her right ankle. It transpired her right ankle bone (the bone which connects your foot to your leg) had lost the blood supply and was “dying” (avascula necrosis is the medical term). Although she was in danger of becoming permanently crippled, there was no apparent reason for the condition.

Fortunately, after six months of pain, the lady in question made a good recovery but whilst lightly anesthetised for additional, corrective surgery, felt a pain in her right leg, in an area where a blood pressure monitor had been strapped too tightly to her. She believes this was the cause of her condition.

If you have experienced similar problems following surgery, Robert would like to hear from you.

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