|This is a picture taken from Dr. Nuzzo's website that shows in the upper right corner how a wedge would be cut out to tilt the femur head into the socket|
|Because Bryer's hip was 'too far gone,' for only the tendon lengthening and alchol blocks, she also had to have a hip surgery refered to as an osteotomy, or SLOB procedure. As the doctor explained, it's like a softball in a glove, where the ball (head of the femur) is coming out of the glove (hip socket). Being a college softball player, I knew immediately that this was my kind of guy, speaking my language! He explained that he would lengthen the fingers of the glove to secure the ball into the glove. (This is different than the other procedure where they wanted to cut a wedge from the femur bone and tilt it into the socket. Adding to, rather than taking away from, her body made sense to me.) For some patients, it's enough to put them in a hip positioning brace. Bryer's hips were considered 70% out, and they call them 'too far gone' and need to do this surgery to form the socket around the femoral head. |
This is the summer we really learned to serve. We're lucky we have such a cute project to practice with!
The brace is not cute. It's not a fun accessory. I'm not gonna lie. Some of the summer, it was just a plain pain in the rear. It was hard to get her in a car seat, a stroller, and she had to have a different wheelchair to accommodate her wider legs.
There were tears - more on my part then hers. And then I'd see her happy face and realize that if she could endure it with a smile, then I could too. She began to stand with lots of help about 6 week post op.
Then there were more tears when she had to lay down - she wanted to be up, up, UP!