So Tuesday morning was easy! We even finished early and had time to grab lunch in the hospital cafeteria (surprisingly good) before checking in for surgery--a tenotomy, or releasing of the Achilles' tendons, the final step in the Ponseti casting method for clubbed feet. (Well, almost final, I guess, if you count the fact that she will need special shoes and a bar afterward.) Here are some photos of the progression...I didn't think to take photos each week in the same position, but you can get the idea...
|Prior to any orthopedic work--this was at a regular check-up.|
|This is after the 2nd set of casts came off, so|
two weeks in casts total.
|After 3 weeks/3 sets of casts, side view.|
|After 3 weeks/3 sets of casts.|
The surgery was very quick; in fact, it took longer to put her casts on than the actual procedure dealing with the tendons. She got a local anesthetic; actually, they put numbing cream on the area after the casts came off, and then she got the local after they whisked her away for the operation. She was away from us for less than an hour and came back in a sleepy little bundle.
|Right before surgery. Isn't she a doll in that gown?!|
|After surgery...final set of casts. They look huge!|