Former IRON MAIDEN singer PAUL DI’ANNO will undergo long-awaited knee surgery in July
After seven years in a wheelchair and a difficult condition that could have resulted in the loss of his leg, Paul Di’Anno found salvation in Croatia. Since the end of November 2021, Paul has been undergoing treatment in Croatia, where he took his first steps in May after a series of lymphatic drainage treatments and daily physiotherapy. The complicated and long-lasting treatment was initiated by fans and friends who raised significant funds to restore his new life. Castro Pergjoni, owner of the legendary Cart and Horses pub, where Maidens had their first performances with writer and huge Maiden fan Stjepan Juras from Croatia, launched an action which brought together thousands of fans from all over the world.
Juras checked in with the following update on Di’Anno’s upcoming operations:
After Paul Di’Anno’s long and intensive recovery in Croatia, and a series of treatments he underwent, the time for the big announcement has finally arrived. You already knew Paul was facing three major surgeries, but now we finally know the dates. Paul Di’Anno will be admitted to hospital on July 5, 2022 and the three surgeries will be performed on him over two consecutive days, after which recovery in hospital will take approximately two to three weeks. Hospital recovery and intensive care is followed by the second part of recovery, which is rehabilitation and relearning to walk, which will be significantly improved in the first days of October, and by the end of 2022, Paul should be able to walk fully.
The first operation, or the installation of the so-called umbrella in the vena cava, will make a team of specialists and vascular surgeons and thus prevent the movement of a large thrombus (blood clot) in the abdomen and a stroke or a potential embolism. The cement removal operations (spacer between the bones) and the fitting of so-called tumor prostheses or custom bone and knee prostheses will be carried out by an expert from the ‘Heatlh Center of Excellence’; prof.dr.sc. Robert Kolundžić, orthopaedist, subspecialty traumatologist of the musculoskeletal system. The operation will be performed at the KBC Sestre Milosrdnice Trauma Clinic or (possibly) at KBC Dubrava.
Paul is very motivated and can’t wait for the biggest change in his life to happen. The doctor who will operate on him is one of the authorities not only in Croatia, but also in Europe, when it comes to surgery of this type, and the operation that Paul will undergo is the most complicated and difficult of all surgeries. orthopedics. Although Paul will be treated by a number of experts and the operations will be performed perfectly, Paul’s biggest “adversary” in all is his own body or circulation. Namely, the circulation in his leg isn’t at an enviable level and with all the effort that’s been made so far, it can’t get much better, but they’ll try hard. This is the greatest danger that threatens Paul and he is aware of it. Almost the same thing happened to him before, when his body rejected the stent, but in this case it’s much worse. If poor circulation suspends wound healing and custom bone rejection occurs, this will be the end of the treatment labeled Plan A.
Plan B would then be a leg amputation, but that doesn’t mean Paul wouldn’t walk. Also, the recovery would be shorter and Paul’s movement better and more reliable. The only difference is that he wouldn’t have his own leg. Paul is aware of all the consequences and is ready for anything. He told us that he had considered this option seven years earlier, but due to a double infection with MRSA, it was impossible to do. Paul is ready for option A and option B, but we all hope that after the barochamber and additional lymphatic drainage at the polyclinic in Ribnjak, the circulation will be better and that Paul’s leg will last and heal and that it will work this year.
Paul has important days of psychological preparation for the operation ahead of him and now he needs the understanding of all the fans and only peace. In a few days, my colleague and friend Kastro Pergjoni will also announce excellent and fantastic news.
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Thank you all. In irons.”
On May 22, when Iron Maiden kicked off their 2022 Legacy Of The Beast World Tour in Zagreb, Croatia, bassist Steve Harris and Di’Anno reunited for the first time in years. A video was released with Di’Anno meeting Harris and band manager Rod Smallwood. Di’Anno sang on Iron Maiden’s first two legendary albums, Iron Maiden and Killers. Di’Anno has spent the past few months in the Croatian capital receiving lymphatic drainage treatment ahead of an upcoming knee operation.
A guest on The Metal Voice, Di’Anno recounted the meeting with Harris and Smallwood, calling it “quite emotional”. Check out the interview below.
Di’Anno: “It was great because first I met Steve’s sister, Linda, who I hadn’t seen in about 30 years. And then…Steve was amazing, then Rod too , it’s been my whole year , actually. It was fantastic. It was pretty awesome. It was pretty emotional. If this had been the first time we’d spoken together in 30 years, it might have been a bit weirder. But, like I said, we talk about football and stuff like that, and Steve has called me a couple of times from (his home) in the Bahamas.”