I saw a lower limb specialist locally here in Surrey at the Surrey Orthopaedic Clinic, a Mr Michael. The aircast works by putting pressure on the bone to encourage blood flow to the limb while at the same protecting it and discouraging you from putting too much weight on it. I wore it for six weeks.
Which hospital does your consultant work at? There are a number that you don't want to go anywhere near. You can also look up your consultant's kill rate on line.
A 'kill rate' sounds ominous!
The consultant works at the north Lincolnshire trust hospitals and has a private practice, but then I think that most offer private work.
i am allowed to now put 50% of my weight through it, this was less until recently. I am also allowed to walk without crutches in the house now, with is great.
the Exogen machine uses ultrasound to try and stimulate blood flow/ healing and I'm now 9 weeks in with that. Next appointment is on the 27 th january.....fingers crossed!
North Lincolnshire is in the bottom 14 NHS trusts as far as quality of care is concerned so likely to have high mortality rates. Essentially more patients die at the Trust than would be expected based on the type of patients they see. But as you are seeing the consultant privately you should be OK.
After almost 9 months on crutches.....it's healed! It's not a atrong mend yet, but I'm allowed to cross train and have started to cycle. Running will take longer but at least I feel that I've got my life back!
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