I had a tibial-fibial osteotomy in May. I don't know how extensive your child's is, but mine was to both legs and quite extensive. First they said 4-6 months for my recovery, now they say 6-9. Here's what I know so far: I've been off my feet for two months and presumably maybe even longer, so my muscles are atrophying quite a bit. Also, there will be a lot of discomfort and swelling in the operated regions. I'm only now starting to feel comfortable, and even now I still have pain in some areas. It will be a long and uncomfortable recovery, depending on the extent of surgery - you'll need a lot of patience. Vitamin supplements help - I have been taking a calcium supplement and extra vitamin C - as does Motrin or Aleve, but it will take time and experimenting to see what helps your child the most.
I wish you the best of luck. I certainly wish I had been better prepared for my surgery before I had it - two months out and I still am having second thoughts. I just hope it will be all worth it for me (and your child) at the end of the road.
My 6 yr old son had his femoral osteotomy on June 15. How is your son doing? We are struggling tremendously every night with this...he is totally miserable from about 11 pm - 4 am. We are all up and trying to help him. Pain isn't the issue I don't think b/c no matter the amount of meds or which I give him, it's not stopping. Just curious to see if your son has had anything similar?
Hi, my son had his surgery may 27. He is doing well, just started beating weight and PT last week. He lost alot of weight and muscle and is very weak, but he is not complaining of any discomfort anymore. I certainly hope this is not because he has a high tolerance for pain- which he does.
The first 2 weeks after surgery were th worst. His legs are now very straight, but I hate the scars. I hope an pray this will help him, robbrittany, and your son in the long run.
Is he still having pain at night or spasms?
We are considering this for our 7-year old son per a doctor's recommendation, but I'm still unclear of the benefit it will have for Noah. Do most people do this surgery to take the stress off of the knees from the internal rotation?
Hi, we opted for the surgery for our son because he was knocking knees while walking on his walker and tripping on his in-toeing feet. Also we were told that this surgery would give him a better chance of walking independently, and also for self esteem as far as cosmetics of the legs. I also wanted him to have the chance to ride a bike again, his legs were turning in and making this impossible. I guess every case and child is different and you must weigh the pros and cons. Good luck, it is a difficult decision.
So glad there is a thread on this. Our 6yo has just seen ortho and will undergo bilateral femoral osteotomy as soon as booking allows, am hoping for this year but have to wait for the date. His degree of internal rotation is between 60-70.