"Pain reduction."

My nhs consultant gave me two options regarding my constant agernising pain in my ankle which had previously been fused and had osteoarthritis in it.

1: An operation that would leave my toes sticking upwards or

2: Do nothing and carry on in constant pain.

I asked my doctor to send me for a second oppinion with another consultant after searching and checking a few reviews, lucky for me they did.

The consultant straight away understood my anguish and arranged an xray. After veiwing it myself it seemed to me that the two remaining screws could be the cause of my constant pain. The consultant confirmed my thoughts and offered to remove them in the hope that my pain could be reduced.

Shortly after I had the op and to be honest have not felt the chronic constant pain that I was suffering since.

It hasn't been a miracle cure as the arthritis still remains but to not be woken up in the middle of the night or wake up in the morning with horrendous pain is fantastic. I use to wish I could have my leg amputated but I can cope now which is better than I was for the previous 12 years.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to my consultant, I cannot recommend your clinic enough.

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