Too long leg becomes too short after failed op
Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 27 Jan 2009, 10:13
Published: 27 Jan 2009 10:13 GMT+01:00
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The police officer approached a private clinic in Gothenburg to correct a problem: one of his legs was longer that the other and it was agreed that surgery would remove two and half centimetres.
But after four operations the man has been left with back and knee pain and a leg that is now five and half centimetres shorter and with the imbalance now firmly on the other foot.
During the original operation the man lost a large quantity of blood and received several blood transfusions, writes Hallands Nyheter.
He felt pain soon after the operation and was submitted for an x-ray a week later.
The x-ray showed that one of the screws used to hold his knee together had loosened and that the joint was fixed 20 degrees out of position.
A further operation showed that a plate in the leg had been fixed incorrectly in the original operation.
The man has reported the clinic to the Medical Responsibility Board (HSAN).
He alleges that he was not informed of the the risks of the procedure and that he has been subjected to treatment that should be classified as life-threatening.