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    wendy
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    So I have been in agony for the last 7 years plus due to my right foot.  I am now on morphine.  A few years ago I asked my specialist if they could amputate and got told no as I was being reactionary as I couldn’t deal with the pain I hadn’t  thought it through etc.  In reality I had.  I know all the complications I know how long recovery takes etc.  I don’t want to spend the rest of my life in agony and on high end pain relief barely able to do anything.   It has stole most of my 20’s I don’t want it to steal my life.  I know it’s not a magic wand and I know it will not solve everything it will however after recovery give me some form of a life back.  I don’t know how to go about asking for it where is the best place to ask ie specialist or gp etc?   Any help would be so gratefully apprrciated!

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    wendy
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    Hi Janie.  Yes, I was at a similar time in my life in my mid 20’s when I had to decide whether to carry on with ops or opt for amputation.  My badly broken leg mid tibia hadn’t healed 3yrs down the line after a RTA.  I opted for amputation and inspite of difficulties am glad I did.  The quality of life is definitely better.   In my case I was already under an Orthopaedic Consultant.  However, I would advise you go through your GP and ask for a referral to a Consultant.  No doubt you’ve already explained your reasons.

    What part of the country are you in?  Maybe one of the Forum contributors are near to you?

    Also you could email the Helpline on this site and ask for a chat?

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    wendy
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    Hi Janie, if you are in the UK, particularly England you will  probably have Disablement Services Centre (DSC) somewhere fairly nearly you, they are usually based at main hospitals and the prosthetic centres where we get our prosthetics made are usually part of this.  Most DSC’s will have a rehab consultant or prosthetic rehab team and they would be good people to see to get some idea of whats involved, if they’d think you’d benefit, as well as perhaps being able to look at the prosthetics perhaps talk to other amputees etc.  Rehab consultants also generally have good links to surgeons who do this sort of surgery regularly and are able to get optimum  results for contemporary prosthetics.

    I imagine there are several ways of doing this and it probably depends on what is available whereabouts you live, you could go to your GP and ask for a referral to your local DSC, imagine you might need to do this if you want an appointment with the rehab consultant, or you may be able to ring up your local DSC and ask for advice or perhaps an informal visit.  I know some DSC’s do this routinely now for people considering this type of surgery.

     

     

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    wendy
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    I’m already under an orthopaedic specialist,  have been for several years, I changed specialists last year and haven’t approached this specialist concerning elective amputation.   Have an appointment with him on the 18th so will ask him.  Thank you for the help :).

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    wendy
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    OK. Keep us posted.  All the best for the 18th.

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