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GuestPostSeptember 15, 2014, 10:38
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My son has had perthes for a year and is nine and a half years old, we have just had the news he needs to have the plate in his leg op at the beginning of october its shocked us as we thought he was going to escape anything like that!! Is anyone else in the same position? Has anyone had this op and would they be able to explain a bit more about it to us we need to know how long lee is going to out of action after and if there is a light at the end of the tunnel we are all so worried and lee is finding it hard to deal with - any info would be brill to help us put our minds at rest.

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Hi there my 4 year old may be facing surgery as he has early extrusion of his femoral head so they are worried it may need help to contain it... I think this op involves building up the lateral part of his hip socket with his own bone to stop it popping out and reforming badly when it starts healing. I don't think a plate is involved in this surgery so it must be something different for your son. We are only 4 months in. Your orthopaedic surgeon should be able to answer all your questions a bit better so you are all better prepared. Good luck with it . I'm sick of perthes already!

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Hi, my son had a Femoral Osteotamy almost two years ago. you said your son was going into hospital in October so you are obviously post operation now. I have added a post under the 'treatment' section so that gives you an idea of where he could be in a few years time. Essentially, follow the instructions to the letter - don't let him put the foot down until the doctor says you can, use the crutches until they say he can stop ... Do LOADS of swimming. That will keep his muscles in tone - there will be muscle wastage inevitably but the swimming will help reduce that. Do the physio exercises at home, they are boring but the quicker the muscle gets stronger, the better. As I said in my other post, two years after initial diagnosis my son is running and playing football. Seems a long way away but it does happen.

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