Here is how it went..
Arrived in Frankfurt Hahn 11:30am Tuesday morning, i had arranged with the hospital for their driver to pick us up in arrivals but he was not there! We spent 40mins hanging around looking to see if the driver was going to turn up.I tried ringing the hospital but all i got was an answering machine.I was beginning to panic as my consultation was for 1pm! so we decided to jump a taxi. Be warned they are rip off merchants, one guy priced us 150euros we got another guy for 100euros (still expensive)
It's an hour drive from the Airport to Lebach and the scenery is just forestry, i was very glad i brought my Hubbie along as other wise i would have been thinking the taxi guy was driving me to the middle of nowhere. (any girls thinking of traveling here I'd advise you bring someone with you)
I arrived for my appointment 20mins late but needed not worry as we hung around until 3:30pm.While waiting for Dr Betz in his waiting room i was sitting with another two people one was a LL patient days away from getting rods removed and another doing his research to help him with his decision on LL. Guys i know you do be on this site but i just want to apologize to you both for seeming uninterested, the reason been obviously now. I'm not a future LL patient but just looking for correction. I could not say that to you when i was there as I'm so paranoid and embarrassed to talk or draw attention to my legs. I think because my Husband is 6ft 1" and I'm a mere 5ft 4" everyone was thinking i was surely having LL lol
I met with Dr Betz at 3:30pm (a nice man) and then headed off for x rays so he could see exactly what options he could suggest.
The suggestions were the external device (which i was already aware of through research) this involves cutting the tibia bone just under the knee in a v shaped wedge and moving the bone to correct position gradually and held in place with an external fixator. Dr Betz said with this method the recovery is longer and more risk of infection. The other method what he suggested was open wedge osteotomy. This he thinks is the best option for my condition.
In the opening wedge osteotomy one cut is made through the upper tibia in a wedge shape
After the bone is cut, the two sides of the tibia are separated to form a wedge-shaped opening. This opening is then filled with bone graft. The bone graft is usually taken from pelvis bone, through an incision in the side of your hip. The bone graft is held in position with a metal plate. After fixing the two edges of bone with the plate, the surgeon stitches the skin together.
Dr Betz has said he will only do one leg at a time and that recovery time is 6 - 8 weeks on crutches.I have never considered this option before as i have only heard of the fixator method. what has me worried is the thoughts of having bone removed from my pelvis! he told me this would be more painful then the leg!! I would love to hear from anyone who has had or has any other useful information about their experience of this method.
I'm still thinking things over and have another list of questions that are coming to me to send to Dr Betz he also has to supply me with a price so ill update all when i have it.
I had an early flight home the following day so i stayed in the hotel B & B just a walk across from the airport perfect...
P.s when i got home and checked my mail i had a message from the hospital saying that the driver would be late collecting me at the Airport (12:15) as he was collecting another patient...so make sure you get the drivers number before you travel if you are thinking of heading over.....foolish me