Ankle Bender

October 25, 2009 at 6:31 PM | Posted in Journal | Leave a comment
  About a year ago, my 12-year old daughter was about five-foot six.  Now, at 13, she is five-nine.  We make ’em tall in my family, I guess.
  And usually with some deformity.
  My son is a behemoth at six-foot-eight.  His feet are flat like his mother’s, and shaped much like a duck’s foot.
  Miranda has a real arch like I do, but she is knock-kneed, a condition for which there is a long word for.  With her knees together, there is 20 centimeters between her feet.  That is…a bit much.  Luckily, the orthopedic doctor says they can do something about it.
  We should have done something about this a year ago, before her last growth spurt, but I put it off and put it off.  However, I made an appointment for her to check out the possibilities.  The did some x-rays of her knees and also her hand to check her bone age.  It looks like she has a little bit of growth left in them.  Maybe enough.
  What they would do is make a tiny incision above and below the knee, right on the bones on the inside, and screw on a couple of plates.  These would inhibit the growth on that side while allowing the other side to continue to grow.  This should allow the legs to straighten out somewhat.
  It might be a little late to get full recovery on her legs, but the doctor seemed hopeful that they can get the gap down to about half, or 8 to 10 centimeters.  Anything over 18 is too much, which is what she has.
  So.  So now we set up the surgery, make the calls to the insurance, and get it going.  They do it as an out-patient procedure, and she can walk out of the office.  She might have to take a few days off of school, but it’s not very invasive.  She is actually looking forward to it.

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