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Posted by Steve Suckling
on December 02, 2000 at 18:35:54:
In Reply to: Re: osteomylitis posted by Sheri Smart on October 09, 2000 at 20:14:54:
I too have suffered with Osteomylitis since the early 1990's. In 1979 I was hit by a motorcycle which severed my left leg, mid calf, apart from a small 1 cm area containing an artery. the doctors were able to save my leg.
As you quite rightly say most 'flare ups' appear to start from a break in the skin, letting in infection, and this has always been the case with me. I can relate to the problems you've had with high doses of antibiotics over a sustained period of time and the hospitalisation that goes with it.
After approaching my GP I was referred to my local hospitals specialist plastic surgery unit who came up with a plan. As the underlying problem has to be within the body to start with then preventing it in the first place was the way forward.
Due to various problems, which I can go into if you like (but mainly hospital politics) I ended up with a different treatment.
The area where my infection always occurred was through a skin graft stuck over my tibia, meaning if I knocked my leg it would almost certainly bleed. The blood circulation in this area of my body is also extremely poor, due to my accident. therefore I have just had (2nd November 2000) a ' Free Rectus Flap' . Basically this involved taking a large piece of muscle from my stomach, together with blood vessels and placing it over the affected area. The blood vessels were then plumbed in to create a healthy living area and a protective skin graft over the top. this should ensure that any infection is cleaned naturally by my blood and my skin should not break down as it will be entirely flexible.
I hope this info may be of some use to you and if you would like any further info please contact me.