Dawn's Story - Triple Pelvic Osteotomy

The operation went very well, I was in a little discomfort but not as much pain as I thought. I was up out of bed after twenty four hours and came out of hospital within a week of the operation.

Dawn (aged 36)

I had my triple pelvic osteotomy on my right hip in November 1999. At the same time I had my right femur broken and fixed with a plate and screws. When given the date for the operation I was given a detailed account of what to expect with the operation and recovery, which was very informative. However many questions arose, any concerns I had were soon eased by the hospital staff who took time out to discuss things at great length with me until I was happy with the procedure.

The operation went very well, I was in a little discomfort but not as much pain as I thought. I was up out of bed after twenty four hours and came out of hospital within a week of the operation. I had a course of hydrotherapy, which I found very beneficial and relaxing followed by many sessions at physiotherapy. I carried on with the physio for many months.

I do believe at nearly sixteen stone my weight hindered the healing process. It took a lot longer to get mobile than I thought. I made friends with another patient who had the same operation as me on the same day. She wasn’t overweight at all and became mobile a lot quicker than I did. She came off her crutches weeks before me and walked without a limp maybe even months earlier.

When Mr O’Hara suggested the same operation for my left hip I’d put on even more weight I was close on 18 stone.

I promised to lose weight but by my next appointment I’d only managed just over a stone. I asked him again if he’d give me another chance to lose weight before my operation and to be honest I don’t think he would have operated on me at that weight anyway.

My appointment was in January 2003. I was weighed at 16 stone 7 pounds. I decided there and then to do myself a favour and lose 3 stone by my next appointment in July. That same week I joined the local Weight Watchers class along with a friend for moral support.

I lost half a stone in the first two weeks and a stone within five. Even though my friend stopped going with me I decided I would stick at it. Soon I noticed a difference in how I looked as well as how I felt. Some weeks would be harder than others but I persevered. By the time I’d lost two stone I noticed a big difference in my mobility. I strongly believe that by losing the weight I am only now beginning to feel the benefits from the first operation. I’m a lot more comfortable when I walk and the range of movement has improved greatly.

When I arrived for my appointment in July I was weighed again and I had done what I’d promised 13 stone 7 pounds – three stone exactly! My operation will probably be early 2004 so I intend to keep going with the weight loss. I’ve no concerns about having my left hip operated on as I now can feel the benefits from the surgery and I know the recovery will have been made more speedy and less frustrating as I will be a lot lighter and more mobile to begin with.

Thank you Mr O’Hara for being so patient with me.