"Surgeon has made me feel terrified about operation"

About: The Queen Elizabeth Hospital / Trauma and orthopaedics

(as the patient),

Last Friday I had an appointment to see my surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kings Lynn in regards to a hip replacement.

Of the half an hour I spent with him about 15 minutes was spent telling me what could go wrong, with great emphasis on the possibility that I could get an infection and have to have the implant removed and how would I feel about living the rest of my life with no hip.

Whilst I appreciate that I should be made aware of the downside of the major surgery I would be undergoing it made me feel very uneasy indeed, in fact it made me feel positively queasy to keep listening to him telling me over and over again that I could end up with no hip and bedridden for the rest of my life.

It appeared that as far as he was concerned there were no positives and I wonder why he is still performing this operation when he feels so negative about it. As I am on maximum pain killers and need a walking stick now there is no alternative but to have this operation as without it I will end up in a wheelchair anyway. I have already had one hip replaced and it has been very successful.

I will still go ahead with this operation when I eventually get to the top of the 4 month waiting list, but when the time comes I know I will be absolutely terrified, which is surely not conducive to the healing process.

Surely there should be a balance between the positive and negative results to be gained from such an operation. As it is I am left feeling fearful of what is to come.

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Response from The Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Please could you contact me to advise me who you saw so that they can be advised of the impact of their advice. Valerie Newton, Deputy Director of Nursing and Patient Experience 01553 613582

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Response from The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn NHS Foundation Trust

I am very sorry to hear of your concerns, if you would like to contact me I will speak to the Dr concerned so that he is aware of the impact of his discussion with you.

Valerie Newton, Acting Director of Nursing and Patient Experience

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