"The unexpected aftermath following my surgery"

About: Canberra Hospital / Emergency Department Canberra Hospital / Trauma & orthopaedics

(as the patient),

I presented at casualty with a fracture of my left hip, the result of tripping on a pavement while walking my dog.

I previously had bilateral hip replacements 24 years ago at the age of 42. I have never had a problem with them until I fell.

The Orthopedic Surgeon on call when I went in did a wonderful job on repairing the fracture and fixing my hip. He suggested I get the other one done as it was worn and if I fell again it would not be good. I accepted this.

When I woke from the surgery I had terrible difficulty breathing, I had oxygen on all the time. I did the exercises suggested but just couldn't get my breath right.

I made every effort to get out of bed and get mobile, the nurses were great although run off their feet. I couldn't sleep as my breathing or lack of would wake me up.

I finally  came home and unless propped up on pillows could not sleep. I found walking difficult as I was constantly out of breath.

I went to my GP who suggested I have my heart checked. I went a cardiologist and after testing she found my heart was fine. But she suggested going to a lung specialist. After further testing and CT scans and puff test with the lung specialist it was discovered the lower lobe of my left lung was paralysed. I requested a report from the anaethetist which told me nothing. I feel I am going from pillar to post and not getting any answers.  Almost a year later I am still in the same situation and don't know how or why this happened 


Response from Care Opinion Australia 2 years ago
Submitted on 05/04/2018 at 15:06
Published on Care Opinion at 15:08

The following response has been published by Patient Opinion Australia on behalf of Canberra Hospital:

Dear Still no answers,

ACT Health takes all consumer feedback very seriously, and we are committed to engaging with people about their experiences with our health service. We are very sorry to read that you are having a difficult time. I’m sure it must be very frustrating to keep going down different avenues and not find any answers to your questions.

We would like to encourage you to contact us directly, so that we can understand what happened and why, and to try and provide you with reassurance, answers and solutions to the problems you’re experiencing.

The best contact is our Consumer Feedback and Engagement Team, on telephone 6207 7627 or our website: http://health.act.gov.au/about-us/feedback/I-want-provide-feedback-about-public-health-service.

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Update posted by Still no answers (the patient)

Thank you very much for the response of the health.act.gov.au/about us/feedback.

I am told that they will investigate my case and get back to me. It could take 30 day's.

I am waiting to hear at this stage.