Re: Girdlestone Surgery
My father seems to be in exactly the same situation as your fiance, he had a hip replacement, but the thigh bone broke 3 weeks after he left hospital & had to be operated on again. The second operation was Girdlestone and then an infection set in, he was in hospital for 4 months. He was also in a very serious situation. The doctors did 3 cleaning operations and in the end had to remove part of the thigh bone as it was so infected, he is now (hopefully) clear of infection but like your fiance, has no hip & only part of his thigh bone. We live in Spain & went to the top hospital here (in Valencia) where they have a special bone infection unit, the first created in Spain, more than 25 years ago, and had the best doctor look at my fathers situation. My father is 73 & at the moment the doctors will not operate on him for two reasons, the risk to his health & also the worry of another infection. They have however had a brace for his leg made which, with time, should allow him to become mobile again. We are new in this situation & haven't been able to find anyone else like us. Have you managed to obtain any new information? Does your fiance have any type of brace? Has he now had his operation? We would love to know how you are getting on in America & if you have found anything we haven't.