Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Road to Progress: Part Three - Success!

Liam is 8 months old today. And to celebrate, his casts were removed for good! I know this is a much anticipated update. Believe me, I've been anxious to reach this point too! Liam's surgery has been a great success and now I can give the update of updates the occasion warrants. First of all, let me preface by saying this has been a difficult journey and we are certainly blessed with a strong and motivated little boy.

Day of Birth

We are also blessed with the love, support, prayers and encouragement of many and for that we are eternally grateful. We thank God for all of you and for giving us this wonderful baby boy. We are greatly thankful for the expertise and care Liam has received from his orthopedists, nurses and his therapists. If not for the technology and treatment available  today, Liam would not be where he is now.
Day of Birth

Where is he now? Free of the burden of any further surgeries. That's right. His orthopedic doctor confirmed that given the progress that Liam is showing through his treatment and therapies, he does not see any need to intervene any further with surgery!

Waiting for final cast removal
Waiting for final cast removal

So here we are, 3 1/2 weeks after his last Achilles tendon lengthening procedure, patiently waiting for the last casts to come off. These heavy things (probably about 1 lb each) had been on his legs since immediately following his surgery. He is very strong!

Immediately after cast removal

Liam's doctor successfully achieved the 90 degree angle he was aimimg for with this last surgery. Going into the surgery, the doctor thought he might need to insert pins in Liam's heels to help with the lengthening. If that would have been the case, then Liam would have needed to be placed under  anesthesia again. After the rough recovery he endured from his surgery, I am thankful this step was not necessary.

Enjoying his new freedom

We may have reached a break, but the journey is ongoing. Liam will need to wear special boots with a  Ponseti bar between them to maintain the new angle in his foot. We are instructed to keep his feet in the boots for 14 hours a day, most of which should be at night while he sleeps. This is expected for at least 6 weeks at which point his doctor will determine if we should continue with the boots.

Boots with Ponseti bar