Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Surgery Date

We heard good news this week. On March 8, 2011 at 7:30 AM Joy has a date with two surgeons at Gillette Childrens' Hospital for an operation on her hips. It is called a bilateral derotational femoral osteotomy. The spacticity in her adductor muscles in her groin is pulling both hips out of their sockets. So she can continue learning to walk and avoid arthritis later in life, Joy's surgeons will surgically break both of her upper leg bones and rotate them into her hip sockets, securing the broken ends with plates and screws. (The link above, a document from another childrens' hospital, has illustrations and x-rays if you are curious.)

At the same time, Joy's surgeons will surgically lengthen her overly-tight groin muscles to slow the rate at which they put undue stress on her leg bones. So Joy will come home her 5-6 day hospital stay in a body cast stretching from mid-chest down to her toes, which she will wear for four to six weeks. The cast will keep her groin muscles stretched to their optimal length while they heal.

Why is a surgery date good news? First, the surgery will help Joy be more independent. Second, we have waited months for a surgery date and finally I am able to begin planning for everything from school, to extra PCA help for 45 days, to rehab therapy and my husband's travel schedule for work. March is also a good month because where we live, we're usually snowbound off and on all month with snowstorms. So it is a great time to be housebound in a cast. When Joy comes out, it may be spring!


Corrie said...

Hey we will be praying for you - i know how these types of surgery can affect everyone, even though they are meant for good! We have been through many surgeries and the joys and trials of them! Keep us posted as to your needs - we will try to help where we can! Corrie

Grace said...

praying for you! wonderful that this will be such a great help to joy!

Tracy said...

I will be praying for you all and especially sweet Joy.

Sarah said...

When is the surgery? Let me know what I can do for you!