Hello! Long time, no post!
It's hard to believe that it's been 6 years since Jeffrey's lengthening with the external fixator surgery! 6 years! He was such baby then. Since that time, they've developed a super cool, internal lengthening device, which we'll take advantage when Jeffrey is a teenager.
For now, we plan to have Jeffrey's next surgery on June 29th. We found out in the fall that Jeffrey's hip needs a deeper pocket. The femur head is not resting in a curved pocket on his affected leg. Dr. Standard plans to perform a triple pelvic osteotomy, (hip cut in 3 places and tilted to form a deeper socket). The is the result of his lengthening surgery. Typically, children with this type of limb discrepancy have a surgery to strengthen the hips before lengthening.When he was a baby, his hips were no concern needing surgery before lengthening.
We had an appointment Monday, May 16 at 1:15. We were in and out so quickly! It was impressive. Here is the great doctor's drawing of the surgery in kid terms:
|Dr. Standard illustrating what's gonna take place and why|
|Dr. Standard drew the Femur head and how the hip will be cut and shifted. Then Jeffrey added "butt cheeks"|
For the next month we'll be prepping physically and mentally for the Summer ahead. We'll be at Sinai for 3-4 days following his 4 hour surgery, then possibly a week at Hackerman-Patz. Jeffrey will be non-weight baring for 2-4 weeks, then light weight baring and home stretching. By 8 weeks, he should be ready to get back into sports. This is good news for Fall sports.
We are so blessed to have found Dr. Standard and RIAO!