Thursday, August 30, 2012

Upcoming Surgery for Annalise

This coming Wednesday, September 5th, Annalise will have her first surgery and hospital stay.  Up until a few days ago when we met with the orthopedic doctor, we were planning on just an achillotenotomy which would be an outpatient surgery and only leave her with boot casts for 6 weeks.  However, as we, her physical therapist, and her physical medicine doctor feared, her adductors have also become so tight that she will need an adductor tenotomy as well.  This will require an overnight stay and she will be in a cast going from her hips to her feet and separated with a bar like this one      

that Bryce wore for 7 weeks when he had the same surgery done almost 2 years ago.  I am seriously not looking forward to going through this again!  I think the time in the casts will be especially hard for Annalise because she is still mobile...and she LOVES her bubble baths.  6-8 weeks without walking or taking a bath...she is not going to be a very happy camper!  We are really hoping that this surgery will release the tightness and pain that she has in her legs and hips and ankles.  We are also very hopeful that when the casts come off, Annalise will be able to walk a little easier and with less scissoring and pain than she has now.

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