Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Meeting Dr Rischke

It has been a nail biting day as we waited to meet the world famous Dr Rischke.  We certainly were not disappointed, he was absolutely lovely.


The first thing he wanted to know even though we had talked via skype and email is what made the Australian surgeon do a bilateral SIJ fusion.  He told us that none of the scans taken in December last year showed any reason whatsoever for such aggressive surgery.  He has done many fusion of the sacro illiac joint himself but he said it is an absolute last resort.  He would need to see signs of arthritis or joint instability,  he told us my pictures showed no problems whatsoever.  



I felt a bit stupid really sitting there today, trying to explain why I let a surgeon operate on me, without seeking a second opinion. Why didn't I stop him from doing it?   Why didn't I shout louder or protest louder?  The Australian surgeon was so arrogant, so sure of himself, I suppose I felt small and insignificant, afterall what would I know, it's just my body.  I feel so angry with myself, I kept telling him it was my back, that the pain was coming from my back.  He was so sure of himself and had so little time to actually sit and listen to his patients, I never stood a chance.

Dr Rischke told me my discs are completely degenerate and that was and always has been the problem.  Had the proper tests been done it would have been quite clear what the problem was.  The doctor told me my use of crutches and my awkward walking is the fault of the SIJ fusion gone wrong and that when that screw is off my nerve things will be much better.  Plus having three new discs will help I imagine!

ESP Disc replacement


The next few days will be taken up with visiting the hospital, meeting the anesthesiologist and physiotherapist before checking in on Friday morning at 7am. I am first on the list at 8am, the operation should take around 4 plus hours.  So, a bit shorter than we expected.  Whilst laying on my stomach they will make four incision in my butt and hopefully remove all four screws, the holes left should eventually just heal by themselves.  Dr Rischke is bringing in specialists from the company that created the tools to perform the revision to assist him, so I really am in good hands.

Once he has finished with the revision of the SIJ fusion, they will flip me over and use a horizontal and vertical incision just below my belly button.  Carefully they will move everything out of the way and proceed to replace my three lowest discs with ESP discs.

Pyramide Hospital - Zurich

It all sounds pretty easy and straight forward I suppose! Afterwards I have to wear a back brace for eight weeks.  I will be in hospital for six days and seven nights.  Then we stay in Zurich for some rehabilitation, this is a little up in the air as unfortunately this was a little lost in translation and I think we will have to make a change to our plans as they are at the moment, but we shall see how it goes.

It's all go from here and suddenly what I had fooled myself into believing was a holiday is suddenly very real and just around the corner.



I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped me to get here.  Your generosity knows no bounds and I am eternally grateful to you all.  We didn't hit our target so without my Mum and Dad's help we wouldn't be here right now.  I don't know how I will ever pay them back. Knowing we are spending what little money they had put away for retirement on my back is absolutely mortifying but being the incredibly generous people they are, they wouldn't hear of anything else.  I will never be able to say thank you enough. You have always been there for me, and I know you are my folks but that doesn't mean I take it for granted.  I just wish you were here with me now, I miss you and the girls very much.  Knowing you won't be there when I wake up is a very hard thought but without you I wouldn't even be here, so thank you, thank you so very much.

Love Kate & Craig x

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