"FAI Hip Impingement Arthroscopy "

About: Doncaster Royal Infirmary / Trauma and orthopaedics Lincoln County Hospital / Trauma and orthopaedics Lincolnshire Teaching PCT

(as the patient),

I have been diagnosed by my consultant at Lincoln as having an impingement in my left hip.

This causes me an incredible amount of pain, even with heavy dosages of a cocktail of painkillers.

I was referred to another consultant at Doncaster as he carries out the surgery. He agreed the diagnoses and recommended the arthroscopy, which is done on a day case basis.

Lincolnshire have turned the funding for the surgery down. At first it turned it down because is was not the result of trauma. With the support of my GP who said it was the most ridiculous reason they had heard, I appealed again and it was turned down this time because they didn't believe it would be beneficial.

So here's my problem I have a health authority who would seemingly rather leave a women in her mid 40's crippled and on a cocktail of highly addictive drugs than provide treatment (which by the way is only day treatment).

When I had my knee arthroscopy last year I had to sign a form first acknowledging it might not work so what is the difference here? Nothing.

A faceless board of accountants decided it is acceptable for me to live in constant pain when someone in Doncaster gets treatment.

I never believed in the post code lottery for treatment but it seems to be alive and kicking in Lincolnshire.

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Response from Jennie Negus, Deputy Director of Patient Services, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

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Dear Tracy; I am sorry you are in continued pain. As you have discovered there are different parts of the health system that manage different aspects and United Lincolnshire Hospitals (which includes Lincoln County Hospital) cannot unfortunately resolve this situation for you.

However, I am concerned by your described level of pain and would like to suggest (if you havent already done so) to ask your GP for a referral to the pain service who may be able to help you whilst your situation is being sorted.

Kind regards

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Update posted by TracyM (the patient)

Hi Jennie

Thanks for the reply, I am already under the the Pain clinic as I am a Fibromyalgia sufferer. I have nothing but praise for them, they have been brilliant in helping my cope with my Fibromyalgia, the treatments they provide have been an incredible help with the Fibromyalgia pain but I I feel that it would be a lot easier to cope with if I didn't have to deal with this hip on top. It seems such a false economy to deal with the effects of this problem for years on end rather than to allow a day case proceedure that might help it.

I have to sign to say that the arthroscopy on my knees might not help, this is no different. I think it is purely another cost cutting measure by Lincolnshire PCT, which as so often is the case is actually costing more.

Again my whole hearted thanks to the pain clinic, without their support I don't think I would have been able to cope with this at all.