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Offline SavannahV

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Femoral Derotation Osteotomy
« on: May 01, 2016, 11:25:20 PM »
Hey all,
   I started having knee pain a few years ago and my parents decided to wait a few years to check into it because they thought I was just growing. After a couple of years, it kept getting worse and my right leg started flipping out/doing this weird thing when I walked for anymore than a mile and running was out of the question. I started doing online gym because I felt so embarrassed and self conscious about doing anything physical in front of other people. We decided to finally get it looked at and had an MRI done which of course came back showing weak muscles so I went to physical therapy. I won't say PT didnt help at all, it reduced my pain quite a bit but my leg was still doing that weird flippy thing (idk how else to explain it lol) So we went to a specialist and he sent us to a surgeon. Dr Holmes at Primary Childrens in Salt Lake figured out my femur was rotated but was concerned because on top of all this I ALSO HAVE NO REFLEXES! ZERO!! haha what does that mean? Well, she didnt know and before she went ahead with surgery, she wanted me to go to Neurology. I put my legs on hold and went to neuro where they diagnosed me with CMT Neuropathy. That is a completely different challenge that I have to deal with every day but, Now we could go ahead with my legs. We got a second opinion with Dr Peters at TOSH in Murray, Utah and I liked him much better.
I am starting a CNA program in September so when the surgeon said his earliest available surgery was in August, I cried! Ha! I need to be lifting patients and doing CNA clinicals in September!! After we explained this, the adorable schedule coordinator said "Dont worry, I will figure something out!" What a sweet lady! She moved some stuff around and got me in for June 28th!!! They are just doing the right leg for now because its much worse and they want to see if it will be enough.

I'm 16 years old having a Femoral derotation Osteotomy on June 28th and I feel so blessed to have someone who knows how to help me and for the surgery date I got. TOSH IS THE BEST!! Ive heard this surgery makes a world of difference and since Im on course to be a nurse on my feet running around all day, I sure hope it does!

So I need advice! What can I do the next two months to prepare for surgery? What does recovery look like? How long did it take for you to be able to walk on your own? What should I actually be worried about?  Ive never had surgery before so im extremely nervous! How long will it be till I can drive? How about swimming (it will be summer)? Do you think I'll be able to do clinicals in September?! Thanks a million in advance!!
-Savannah V

Offline Leena20

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Re: Femoral Derotation Osteotomy
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2016, 02:19:56 PM »
Hey I've written about my experience with this op quite a bit and there are a few diaries on this site as well that might give you an idea of what to expect as everyone is slightly different with recovery.
Preparation wise do your physio if you can but otherwise just relax is all I can think of! I felt pretty dreadful for 2 weeks but then things started getting much better. Don't think about the complications as chances are they will not happen, all you have to do is sit around and let the bone heal so make sure you have some books/movies ready. Once I could bend my leg a bit more I used a wheelchair to shop a bit with my mums help which was good for getting out as crutches are really tiring.
I had about 7 weeks on crutches gradually putting more weight through the leg as it takes 6 weeks on average for bone to fuse back together. Can't remember with swimming but I'd think it would be 2 months before your knee would be strong enough to try that - crutches and water are not a good combo as they slip really easily! Driving about week 8. My leg was still stiff and weak after that for a while though and got very hot/achy by the end of the day. After 2 months I couldn't have stood on my feet all day, things really started getting better at the 3/4 month mark. I had my knee cleaned out too though so that made it a lot worse, and my other leg is really bad so that affects things. I wouldn't worry about it, just see how things go as you might heal quicker being so young. I've found the op great so definitely worth it in the long run.
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