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Posted by Sherri-Lyn on January 19, 2000 at 16:42:02:

In Reply to: Hamstring Lengthening Surgery posted by Ryan on January 04, 2000 at 01:35:20:

: Does anyone have any info on these surgeries?
: 1. Bilateral medial and lateral hamstring lengthening
: 2. Bilateral nectus transfer
: 3. Bilateral adductor releases
: 4. Achilles tendon lengthening

: I am 18 yrs. old with mild CP on the right side. I am considering thses surgeries and would like to speak to someone who has had all or some of these procedures.

I am 28 years old with mild CP. I had my achilles tendons stretched when I was 4 1/2, which made it much easier to walk. I will be having the surgery done again (one side at a time) within the next few months. The first surgery should be done within the next 6 - 8 weeks. I will let you know how things go and the results I get. The few things I do know is that it will be done in day surgery (I will be awake), and my doctor has decided to go with casts for 6 weeks. My doctor isn't at all worried about the surgery, he does quite a few adults each year. One of his patients was in a wheelchair, supposedly with no hope of ever walking again. That same person now walks with crutches, but at least he's walking again. Have any of your doctors told you what to expect in the next 10 years? When I was 18 I was still completely independent, and walked anywhere I wanted to, even on ice. The only obstacle was a flight of stairs (more than 4 or 5) with no railing. Now I can't even get up and down a curb without help, and if it's slippery outside I can't go anywhere without help. Ask lots of questions and don't let anyone tell you "there's nothing we can do".

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