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terrih69

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hi all

its been a while since i came on here, i am slowly trying to catch up on everyones news.... but its taking me a while!

i havent been well this last few weeks and having quite a bit of pain and discomfort in my stump. i had an appointment with my consultant who did some xrays and it was discovered that i have staples in my stump (supposed to be there) and one of them has come loose, causing an irritation and a pocket of infection, hense the feeling unwell and discharge from stump. i have been on antibiotics and it seems to have calmed things down.

has anyone heard of this happening before? i am due to see a consultant surgeon on 8th august (the one that did the surgery) to see if they want to remove the offending staple or not.

its not all been doom and gloom though over the last few months, its been 6 months since my amputation on 9th august, and i feel that i have achieved quite alot. infact i would go as far as saying i have done more in the last few months than i have done in years. it was my birthday last week and my girls bought me a bicycle, which i have had hours of fun on, i have been trampolining and bowling! (hoping to go ice skaing at some point during school holidays with my two girls)

look forward to catching up with everyones news

keep smiling :D

Terri

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i havent been well this last few weeks and having quite a bit of pain and discomfort in my stump. i had an appointment with my consultant who did some xrays and it was discovered that i have staples in my stump (supposed to be there) and one of them has come loose, causing an irritation and a pocket of infection, hense the feeling unwell and discharge from stump. i have been on antibiotics and it seems to have calmed things down.

Terri, I'm not sure why the staples were supposed to be permanently in your stump?

When I had my amp, they closed it with stitches, not staples. Perhaps there were internal stitches that I didn't need to know about. BUT, as soon as I got home from the hospital, I fell directly on my stump. This caused swelling and actually caused the suture line to break open. Yuck. I immediately went to my surgeon's office. They looked at it and told me that there was no need to re-suture the mess. ( :blink: ?)

Because I'd been so sick with bone infection for months prior to the amp, and because the suture line was pretty wide open (Yuck again!), it took MONTHS for this mess to heal up. I was constantly having little pockets of infection that would eventually spit out yet another stitch.

So, I guess all I'm trying to say is that there are all kinds of things than can and do happen after an amputation. (Though I swear, if I had to do it all again, I'd certainly know better!)

Glad you are on the mend and that things are moving along...

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Hi Terri. As you are a BK ( I prefer trans-tibial), I wonder if the staples that you refer to were actually pinning the residual ends of the tib and fib together?

When Mr. Angel did mine at Stanmore, the surgeons were apparently divided as to whether it was better to leave the bits to "float" ( as mine do ), or whether to restrain them with pins or staples.

If the surgeon decided on the latter, they were probably meant to stay in. Of course everyones' tolerance to metals is different. I understand that if they use titanium, just about everyones' body "accepts" it. For the ladies that have pierced ears, they can go the whole gamut from stainless steel, to platinum, ( depending on depth of pockets) in order to get a metal that their body will tolerate.

I once met a lady who had had a prototype ankle replacement. The problem with ankles, as I know to my cost, is that the bone structure is rather like a "Malteser". Honeycomb (cancellous) in the middle, with just a thin layer of harder (compact) bone. ( Meds, call it all "tissue".)

The unfortunate lady was doomed from the start, as the problem with ankle replacements, ( and why they are not widely done,) is because there is no hard bone to take the screws. Coupled with the fact that the surgeon used nickel fittings, which the lady's tissue rejected, left her in a mess. At the time that I met her, she was recommending me to see her Specialist in the NE of England. I'm rather glad that I didn't. It would REALLY have prolonged the inevitable!

It was more unfortunate that she knew from experience with her earings that she "rejected" nickel !!!

When I flex my (missing) calf muscles, I can make the ends of the tib and fib "part" quite markedly, ( which my wife has forbidden me to do, 'cos it looks disturbing.

If it is as I suspect, it isn't a huge problem. I was led to believe that it's quite a common "aftermarket" op. which may even be done by local anaesthetic.

I was offered the complete amputation by "local" ( epidural )......guess where I invited them to go ?? Although had I known at the time, this procedure is proven to reduce the likelihood of "Phantom".... Oh well. :blink:

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When I flex my (missing) calf muscles, I can make the ends of the tib and fib "part" quite markedly, ( which my wife has forbidden me to do, 'cos it looks disturbing.

:lol: :lol: I'm with your wife! That would certainly be disturbing. Now I gotta take off my leg and see if I can do that trick! (I don't think so... it's pretty obvious when you do it, right :blink: ???!!!)

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Hi Terri, Like you I still have staples in my stump.

It's always been something that has concerned me because I think the bodies natural reaction is to remove foreign matter. To date though they have not cause any trouble.

It would seem that the one causing you grief needs to be removed-I would have thought it would try to work its way to the surface to come out. I guess the long term problem will be the trouble you have walking-I'd go straight back to the surgeon and get it sorted.

Good luck

Mel.

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Guest bearlover

I also had a major bone infection before my amputation. I have been told by my Dr. and prosthetist that pain sometimes continues after amputation. If a amputee has much pain before they continue to have pain after. :( :(

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hi all

i havent been well this last few weeks and having quite a bit of pain and discomfort in my stump. i had an appointment with my consultant who did some xrays and it was discovered that i have staples in my stump (supposed to be there) and one of them has come loose, causing an irritation and a pocket of infection, hense the feeling unwell and discharge from stump. i have been on antibiotics and it seems to have calmed things down.

has anyone heard of this happening before? i am due to see a consultant surgeon on 8th august (the one that did the surgery) to see if they want to remove the offending staple or not.

Terri

Hi Terri

I had a very large bit of what we thought was "stitching material" work its way out of my stump some several years after the amputation. However, it didn't cause me any pain or any problems it just appeared,and came out .

Ann

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hi all

thank you again for taking the time to reply. it makes a difference hearing it from people that have actually gone through it.

i am not going to worry about this, not much point. going to speak to the surgeon that actually did the operation (appointment 8th august) will keep you all updated.

take care all

keep smiling ;)

Terri

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How did you make out with the "Party Trick" Marilyn, did you get it to work ?? :D

If you're showing off the stump to the "uninitiated", the extra movement is a real bonus !! I can actually hold on my prosthesis without suspension just by opening the bone bits. ( muscles in the thigh are responsible.) :lol: ( I really wanted the little green Smiley that throws up.) ;) I showed it to my Solicitor ( Lawyer) and he had to rush out of the room. Aren't I wicked??

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How did you make out with the "Party Trick" Marilyn, did you get it to work ?? :D

If you're showing off the stump to the "uninitiated", the extra movement is a real bonus !! I can actually hold on my prosthesis without suspension just by opening the bone bits. ( muscles in the thigh are responsible.) :lol: ( I really wanted the little green Smiley that throws up.) ;) I showed it to my Solicitor ( Lawyer) and he had to rush out of the room. Aren't I wicked??

You ARE wicked! :lol: Nope, my muscles don't work that way, and I think I was rather relieved! :blink:

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