3 November 2010

Conrad is having hip surgery on Friday morning.  The brain damage he sustained created an imbalance in his muscle control, which caused his hip to gradually pull out of the socket. We have been monitoring the condition for over 6 years and have been able to delay surgery through our aggressive therapy routine. While therapy can delay progression, it cannot reverse migration that has already occurred.

The good news is the fix should stick. Many children who sustain such severe brain damage at so young an age, require surgery within the first year or two and then have to repeat it. Conrad’s prognosis is bright since a) he has passed several growth spurts, b) his cognitive recovery has started to even his muscle movement, which will help curtail future migration and c) he is such great physical health.

If we wait any longer, we risk an emergency situation or worse, the doctor may be unable to get the bone back into the socket. The condition has also been compromising his gains in other areas, such as using his walker and stander and he appears uncomfortable. So if ever there was a “perfect’ time – it’s now. After Conrad sails through the surgery and recovery, he will be able to better participate in therapy and we should see substantial improvement in function.

Conrad will be in the hospital 5-7 days and will be sporting a hip spica cast for 6-8 weeks. Google that one if you want to see that it looks as uncomfortable as it sounds…. But it will keep his hip in place.

I will send a brief update after the surgery to confirm how well he did. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

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