Thursday, December 29, 2016

SPML and Knee Capsulotomy: A Success!

After 5 weeks, Caleb is officially cast free! He had his final trip to Galveston this week for the cast removal.

Prior to the SPML and Knee Capsulotomy surgery, the bend in Caleb's legs was close to 70°
His legs looked like this. Trying to get them straight was like trying to straighten bent steel. Impossible.

Now his legs look like this.

From 70° to 7°! His legs are so perfectly straight. I can't believe it. 

We still have to be diligent about keeping them stretched and straight. He has to wear his KAFO's a minimum of 8 hours a day (overnight counts too). His bones are weak and fragile after 5 weeks in casts so we have to be careful he doesn't do anything that could cause a break, which means no wheelchair basketball for a bit. 

His skin looks pretty gnarly after being in casts for so long so I'll wait a bit before I share photos of his incision site. 

I could not be more pleased. I really didn't know what to expect because his contractures were so bad. I can't believe we were able to get them almost completely straight. 7° is not even noticeable. 

He's almost as tall as me!

Caleb has been such a trooper throughout this whole thing. I'm so proud of the way he handled everything. We still have work to do to regain motion and strength in those legs but now that they are straight, we've got something to work with. I'm so glad we made this decision.

I'll continue to share his progress over the next few weeks. 

2 comments:

goodie girl said...

Wow. congratulations.

Nicky said...

That's great! I was really surprised by the standing photo - he's really tall!

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