Susan's Story - Triple Pelvic Osteotomy

Not only has he proved an outstanding orthopaedic surgeon but also he has a bedside manner which is second to none. I was always treated with kindness and respect.

Susan (Aged 35)

Before my operation I found I could not walk too far and often had sleepless nights trying to find a comfortable position. I was restricted in the types of sports I could do, finding cycling and swimming almost impossible.

Following my consultation with John O’Hara I was relieved that a cause had been found for all this pain, however, I was a little shocked as to the extent of surgery required. I was told I needed an operation to realign my hip, called a triple osteotomy. John O’Hara was particularly good at explaining what would happen during surgery and what to expect afterwards. My greatest fear was the general anaesthetic, having never had one.

On returning from theatre, following the best sleep I had ever had, I was bruised but I had an epidural in situ, which worked beautifully and was given analgesia orally soon after. I was horrified the following day when the physios turned up with a Zimmer frame! My sciatic nerve had had some handling during surgery and I found it extremely painful to put my foot to the floor. However, with the help of the brilliant physios at the Priory hospital two days later I was walking up and down stairs on crutches.

With a great team at home; my husband, children and parents, I gradually became more independent. My wounds and bone healed very well under the watchful care of John O’Hara and at six weeks post op I started driving again.

Ten months on I’m considering having the metal work removed. I was warned that my leg muscle would be numb as the nerve had been severed, this is still the case however it must be healing as it occasionally itches, although when I scratch it I feel nothing.

I have recently moved to New Zealand and still have great care from John O’Hara from the other side of the world (via e-mail). I recently walked to the top of One Tree Hill, a local monument and work full time as a nurse.(I’m still hoping too that I could be used as a teaching aid when John O’Hara visits NZ soon and he could whip out this metal work!)

I really cannot thank John O’Hara enough for the expert care I received. Not only has he proved an outstanding orthopaedic surgeon but also he has a bedside manner which is second to none. I was always treated with kindness and respect.

Keep up the good work and come and teach the Kiwis!