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"Spiral fracture treated at Nambour General Hospital"

About: Nambour General Hospital / Orthopaedics Queensland Ambulance Service

(as the patient),

I fell from my horse late 2012, causing a bad fracture of my hip. The ambulance officers were amazing and the orthopaedic ward was great at Nambour General. I had a gamma nail inserted the day after the accident and everything was going well. The doctors did a good job of piecing the neck of the femur back together but the distal screws didn't go all the way through to the bone on the other side of the femur. The screws had backed out of the bone by the time I went in for the first outpatients check-up at six weeks and had a x-ray taken. The doctor that saw me after three hours of waiting said not to worry about it and to come back in six weeks. The loose screws were causing considerable discomfort but I went back in six weeks and was put on the waiting list to have the screws removed.

It is now nearly four months later and I am still waiting to have the screws taken out. I think that if the screws had been the correct length to start with they wouldn't have backed out and I feel that my pain and the prolonged healing process aren't being considered at all. Every time I bend my leg, to walk or sit, I feel the screws moving in the muscle above the knee.

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