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  1. Hello again Aidan. I am making moves to have the surgery done in May or June through a Vascular Surgeon in Newcastle (Dr Arvind Deshpande). He has done two before and considers it 'not difficult'. When discussing the procedure in depth, he says he would be taking a vein from the groin area on the same side as the occluded area (so mine is a long occlusion of the external illiac, not just a kink). Is this the norm in your experience? Other athletes have had a vein removed from the calf. There would be two cuts to the abdomen, one large/long lower down and smaller higher up. Its not something he does regularly but sounds confident enough and is not someone who needs to 'tick off' this particular procedure. In terms of recovery in Dr Deshpande's opinion cycling is the last thing I would be returning to (only after 6 months) as this was the cause of the 'injury' and he wants the artery reconstruction to 'bed in' before going back to that movement pattern. Cycling would be allowed after 6 months. (I do currently cycle up to 120km/week albeit in pain) He said that swimming, walking (maybe even jog), weights etc would be ok as it is all about the hip angle/damage to the artery we are trying to avoid during recovery. Does this all sound OK and familiar? I'm trying to figure out if I should get another consultation to go through the facts with another surgeon in Sydney just to be sure. Because I am based in regional NSW. Closer to Newcastle, the Newcastle option is a lot less stressful in terms of travel. Thanks
  2. Definitely crazy times. I have met others with stories that could have been avoided. I totally feel that unless you meet a proactive doctor, many do not think outside the square and if you are just breathing its classed as a success story. What else do you want in life? Don't worry about quality of life. Glad you guys are doing well. What you went through would have been frustrating and soul destroying at the time.
  3. Wow interesting. Yeah I had ' semi dead leg' right through 3 Ironmans back between 2003-2005. I just coped by adjusting to walk/runs and pretty much walked most of each run. Claudication pain was in the calf to start with for years, would come on running but stop when I walked. Misdiagnosis for a very very long time. I stopped doing tris. Running got worse and worse. Soon riding was bad too. Adductors, hammies, hip flexors all affected not just calf. Eventually the blockage completely blocked around 2011 and I actually couldn't walk.....or do anything with my leg. Was told to wait for the collaterals take over more blood supply and prepare to be sedentary. I refused and re-trained myself to be reasonably active but I do so with pain (no hills on the bike, sitting in upright position only and walking no running). The body does adapt to an extent. Took up kayaking, do lots of weight training. But I'm over it. If I get this done and can run for more than 40 seconds in my lifetime I will consider it a miracle. Looking forward to it!
  4. Another question. Post Op care, physio and rehab. I currently live in a small country town and to get to a decent physio I have to drive 80kms. Same as a good hospital. I imagine for a while lifting/driving may not be possible. Then some specialist re-training of abs etc. My partner and I are quiet prepared to move to a bigger town (eg Newcastle) before I get the op done. Well for lifestyle as well really. Just sussing out the timing of things...... Am I over thinking things or would this be a sensible thing to do?
  5. Thank you. Sounds like a lucky improvement indeed I am glad your wife is o.k. My mother and her family has been through some weird vascular stuff in the past too so I'll be curious to see if anything is related. Although blockage is definitely whole physical injury to the artery (aero position, over training etc)...its just interesting how most people get away with doing this kind of sport with no issues, then there are a group of us that don't. Yet they still don't really know why. I'm very happy to get the names of these surgeons, knowledge is power. Its interesting as when I was diagnosed in 2012 in Perth WA, two vascular surgeons strongly advised against intervention. Over here (east) seems to be the opposite. Everyone I see asks 'why do you live like this'
  6. Thank you for the replies guys. Good news. Comfortably Numb mine is also a quite long blockage. One of the longest they have seen I'm told (lucky me not). How long was she out of action for? Aidan I will take your info with me when I meet with a vascular surgeon in Newcastle in Feb. I am in NSW. Dr Arvind Deshpande - who seems knowledgeable about the procedure but I'm not that sure how many he has done on athletes. He should know about the work of his colleagues in Melbourne I'm hoping I'm not too de-conditioned, I have pushed the pain limits for 8 years teaching myself to walk again(with nordic walking poles), ride (slower), swim, I do strength training too, kayaking etc. Also became a personal trainer some time during this time, though I gave that up a while ago. PS I'm 40yo. My concern these days is I'm noticing how uneven the body is becoming, interestingly more muscle bulk on the left side (bad side) than the right. Looking forward to getting a pain free life back (fingers crossed)
  7. Guys I've been away from this forum a REALLY long time. So hi! Pretty impressed to see these forums are still around. I am looking for people who are wiling to share their stories, experiences and all the nitty gritty truth in regards to rehab/recovery following Endarterectomy Surgery for Endofibrosis of External Illiac Artery. I have been living with complete occlusion of my external illiac artery on the left side for about 8 years, misdiagnosed before that (whilst doing long distance tri's). I decided to modify lifestyle (ahhh hence no tris, no running etc) for the last 8 years instead of undergo surgery at the time as it was 'strongly advised against'. Since that time, I believe the procedure has been refined a bit better and surgeons are clear that the only true fix is the procedure outlined in this article https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1078588412000093 I'm come to the point in life where I am strongly considering the surgery as the disability and pain I live with affects every aspect of my life, as I cannot even walk without pain. My body has also adapted and is becoming 'lop sided' in other ways with hips, feet, ankles, everything starting to degrade and suffer. The mental health aspect is probably the worst. I know some of the pro's have had this done and I have already been in touch with Melissa Hauschildt. Anyone else out there willing to share how things went? Any failures? If you've had it done how are you living now? Any precautions etc. (PS I know I've seen some previous thread chats in the past but can't find them, also looking for recent info) Thank you. Melinda
  8. melchski

    Piriformis syndrome

    Thanks for that. Booked in with a sport physiologist in March (travelling til the, couldn't get in earlier) will get referral for MRI rather than go 'solo'. Want to ensure they look for the 'right thing' whatever that is and try to get max rebate. I've lived with it this long....must keep being patient.
  9. melchski

    Piriformis syndrome

    And no - my private health doesn't cover MRI or ultrasound. Maybe it does for some essential things but when it comes to sport its considered voluntary...'just stop running'.
  10. melchski

    Piriformis syndrome

    Ah right, didn't know that. Thought they were hard to get into. Yeah I get zero back pain and generally have a 'very healthly back'. But there has to be a hidden cause, something functioning. Been and done everything and am a 'core machine'. Its a totally mystery. Am over conservative treatments especially when they don't actually tell you what is wrong or what is being restricted. Its all just speculation based on the sports docs own beliefs usually or fad of the day. I was incredibly amazed when I found a proactive GP not long ago - sent me for a doppler ultrasound. Cost the bomb but at least he tried.
  11. melchski

    Piriformis syndrome

    Hi all, this is an interestic topic. I haven't been on here for years (at least 6) as the weakness/cramp like pain, numbness etc I get in my left leg, calf, foot, toes has restricted what I can do and basically put me off racing of any sort. Get it doing everything now including swimming and walking up hills. Multiple sports docs, physios, gurus over 10 years, all conservative, no one sends me for actual tests. Even booked self in for a doppler ultrasound thinking I had blood flow issues. NIL result just $1000 pain. But reading this about the MRI to diagnose nerve pathway issues has revoked my enthusiasm to ask for one. I find you have to demand a test. I get no back pain, have no functional movement test issues so on so the docs never send me, only to physios for more 'bum squeezing' which does nothing. MRI - roger.....now just to find a quack who will refer me. Mel
  12. melchski

    OT - WA

    Yes I'd do south over north anyday. Marg River, Yallingup, Dunsborough (go to Meelup Beach...is awesome there). If you want a nice little 'hideway' cottage that is something 'different' try the cottages at Wise Winery (but book early as there are only 4 I think). The Karri Forrest is nice too but probably not that special if you are used to forrests. The Coastline is nice down near Albany. Not 'that' much to do in Perth, but yes Rottnest is nice and great for Diving.
  13. melchski

    How old are you?

    29.....big 3 Ohhh next year. Haven't done a tri for 2 years, still waiting to feel the urge to make a comeback....... Really should do something while still in this age group..... hmmm then again maybe not. Not married, no kids and no intention.......
  14. melchski

    Fizik Vitesse Tri

    lol thats hilarious...the sizing names. Will check it out. All the specialized ones seem to have lots of 'seams' so am interested to see a seamless one Hi Roxii, just pulled out my old Forster 05 photos the other night, you are there after dropping off Canuck13 at our accom with your wanky license plates Ive been away...working too much...with a little 8 week holiday in europe thrown in. Keeping fit but the whole IM thing eludes me...how did I ever find the time? But you guys that do it...keep up the good work you machines!
  15. melchski

    Fizik Vitesse Tri

    Hi all, yes have been away for a long time. Looking to get interested in my bike again Have been using cutout saddles (Selle Italia Trans am)...forever and has been the best solution I can find. However, before I buy my next saddle....have any ladies switched from a cutout saddle (which I find to be essential) to a Fizik Vitesse? Have been suggested to try it. I am skeptical and can't really afford to buy and then discard.....any experiences (BTW I know all about standard pain, lubes etc as have done 3 IMs in the past..... so don't need the standard guff).
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