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My surgeon reviewed me in surgery last week. He told me I had "non union post-left Ganz Periacetabular Osteotomy". Past month has been extremely painful, although the past two days I have had lessened pain. I phoned him and he said it could be possible that I have broken the screw into the iliac wing allowing the osteotomies to start to sit back together. I have been booked in for december 22nd - just in time for christmas! oh the joys!!!! He wants to screen the hip and remove the screws. Also if removable of the screws does not aid the union I will need some bone grafting, but he is hoping if he "adjusts the mechanics of the situation it will knit back together in a satisfactory fashion". He also mentioned that there was a chance of "losing the correction".

Could anyone explain this a little better and what it entails? Or has anyone else had these sort of difficulties with non union after a PAO? thanks in advance!

-- Emma Jones (polobint@aol.com), November 16, 2004


Just reread the letter from the surgeon.... on the back of it it states exactly what he will be doing when i go in on dec 22nd, although I have no clear idea as to what some of it means.


Can someone tell me what "TCI" "EUA" means please :-) Thank you kindly :-D

-- Emma Jones (polobint@aol.com), November 16, 2004.

Looks like he is using jargon speak for he doesn't know what he will find till he opens you up and removes the screws:

doctor speak

TCI To come in EUA examination under anaesthesisa

Hope you get the non-union sorted. Its a long recovery from the PAO- I had an older version of it-but worth it in the end!

-- Leigh (LghCampbell@hotmail.com), December 02, 2004.

Well... I have had the metal/screws removed now. They cut through the initial scar instead of making another incision which was great! My surgeon wants to see if my bone knits together with the screws out before he decides whether or not to give me a bone craft. Being reviewed on 16th February... still in lots of pain and unable to walk unaided and without a severe limp... Had the PAO back in april and i'm hearing all these successful stories from you all and getting disheartened that mine doesn't seem to be improving at all :( I hope those of you who have had surgery recently still enjoyed a really good christmas. Happy new year to you all!

-- Emma Jones (polobint@aol.com), December 31, 2004.

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