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Offline SavannahV

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Femoral Derotation Osteotomy
« on: May 02, 2016, 12:08:02 AM »
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 aussie1087

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Re: Femoral Derotation Osteotomy
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2016, 10:08:56 AM »
Hi Savannah,

I'll share some of my experiences with you, they will probably be similar to what you may experience, but I had a tibial osteotomy not femoral derotation osteotomy. To be completely honest, the first 2-3 weeks were not a lot of fun. I had a lot of swelling, and going up stairs on crutches was quite painful as it pulled on my scar. It really helped me to have a stool to sit on in my shower (I used that for 6 weeks) and also to have a chair with handles for the toilet, as it made sitting down/standing up a LOT easier! If someone (your parents) are going to be with you to help with cooking, cleaning etc it will make life a lot easier! I think I started partial weight bearing at 6 weeks. At this point, I was also able to get in the pool and start walking - just nice and gentle walking and trying to convince myself that I could do it. I was allowed to start swimming with flippers at the 4 month mark.

With walking, I was walking without crutches in public at 2.5 months and without my brace in public at 3.5 months. I was walking without them at home earlier, but was very wary being in public without some sort of support. I was allowed to drive after 2 months. I am a very active person and have quite strong legs - my quads pretty much disappeared after 2 weeks. Even now at 6.5 months post op, my right quad is about 1/2 the size of my left quad and I go to the gym 4-5 times/week. I found straight leg raises very hard (but reading posts on this board, not everyone has as much trouble with them!) and it took a while before I could peddle all the way around on the exercise bike. It was actually easier to peddle backwards than forwards at first! I'm also still having difficulty walking down stairs - I can walk down small steps properly but can't walk down normal size steps yet. I think the fitter and stronger you are before your surgery, the better off you will be, you need a fair bit of upper body strength to use crutches so often and your good leg is going to get a great workout especially when you go up/down stairs.

I really wasn't expecting the recovery to be as long or difficult as it has been. A lot of my pain from before surgery has gone which is incredible! Mentally it has been very difficult though, especially for someone that is used to being so active.

I hope I don't scare you - As I said, you are having a different surgery to the one I had and recovery will be different. Usually the younger you are the faster you recover as well! Good luck with it!
August 2006 - Partial Menisectomy
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Re: Femoral Derotation Osteotomy
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2016, 08:47:38 PM »
Hi savannah, I'm jade and I'm having my femoral derotation osteotomy on the 30th June so I'm so glad I've found somebody I can talk to who is having a similar op!! The only difference is I'm having both of my femur's done at the same time! I'm expected to be in a wheelchair for 4 weeks, which is rubbish because my dad gets married two weeks after my op so I'll be a bridesmaid in a wheelchair   :(  hope to hear from you soon so we can share experiences lol x

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Re: Femoral Derotation Osteotomy
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2018, 02:18:57 AM »
Hi! Your story was the only one I could find that was doing both knees at the same time. Did you ever have the procedure? I have the same angles as you, and am scheduled in 2 weeks. I am very nervous and there isnít a lot only about how recovery is when doing both knees at once. If you could share any information, thatíd be great.