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The French connection: how I found orthopaedic surgery on the internet

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 04 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1101
  1. Marnie Clark (, patient
  1. Neston, Cheshire

    One Saturday last December I found myself unpacking my suitcase in a room in a French clinic, awaiting a hip resurfacing operation. How had I got to this stage? How was I going to communicate with the staff, whose command of English seemed to be about as good as my command of French—not wholly adequate? All the notices were in French, and I had little idea what was going to happen next.

    I had been having increasing difficulty with my left leg for about three years. As a keen walker I had assumed my problem was soft tissue damage. In 2003 I was referred to an orthopaedic surgeon who thought, after reviewing the x ray pictures, that nothing needed to be done about my mild to moderate osteoarthritis.

    I can't wait to see the orthopaedic surgeon's face when I tell him it has all been done

    Throughout 2004 and the first six months of 2005 the pain in my leg came and went and my mobility …

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