That's what the doctor literally did to Jeffrey. He stuck screws in his right hip. We are giving the femur a deeper pocket and more strength for future lengthening.
We came expecting a four hour surgery called a triple pelvic osteotomy. In pre-op, Dr. Standard presented us with 2 options. The first was the 4 hr triple osteotomy, which is tricky and risky. That's the only option we thought there was. Then he presented a second option with a surgery time of only 1 and a half hours. He even made up a name for the procedure that combined the two types of cuts and the bone graft. (later referred to as the "whatchamacallit") He wouldn't know how he was going to officially approach the situation until he opened him up in the OR.
|Dr. Standard initials his knee to be sure the correct leg is worked on|
|The middle was the original triple osteotomy, the left and right were the other option|
(They kind of look like
After Dr. Standard told us the possible options, Jeffrey chimes in with, "I want that one!" (referring to the shorter, less risky surgery with quicker recovery time.) I love that he thought he could just "order" up the surgery he preferred.
It turns out he fished what he wished for! He had the shorter surgery (the illustration above on the left).
Now, this means he has a quicker recovery time, which is awesome! However, he is not allowed to bear any weight at all on his right leg for at least 2 weeks. Jamie and I will have large muscles from all the lifting we'll have to do. Once Jeffrey's arms are epidural and IV free, he will be able to help lift himself with his arms, but until then, it's all us.
Fortunately or unfortunately, Jeffrey has a brace to keep his hips in place which should be worn pretty much 24/7. He currently has "waffle boots" on to help keep his feet flexed, up straight, and his heels off the bed to prevent sores.
The 2 week timeline brings us right up to our family vacation in Ocean City. Hopefully, we'll have a clinic visit the Friday before we leave and maybe be light weight bearing on the boardwalk. Although, board walk bumps are tough to maneuver just walking...or is that just clumsy me?!