Thursday, May 7, 2009

Appt update

This is going to be quick...I will elaborate more once I am home and have the time.

DR. STANDARD IS FABULOUS AND WE LOVE HIM! He took an hour and a half in the room w/us explaining things, answering questions. He is so nice and caring. I can't say enough good things about him. THANK YOU to all my perthes group girls that pushed me to call him. I met 3 ladies from our group over these 2 days!

Bottom line...He sees things that are concerning..mainly range of motion and the head of the femur coming out of the hip. His internal rotation is 20%, external is 15%, and his abduction is only 10 he's VERY tight. He said that we can do one of two things.

1. Physical therapy w/a therapist 2xs a week and the other days at home for 4-6 weeks.

2. Go ahead with tenotomy (clipping of tendons) and core decompression (which is basically where a small hole is drilled in the head of femur and it stimulates regrowth).

He said if it was his child he would start w/the PT.

We have opted for physical therapy. Our next appt is 7/6. We will see how the PT is working...if it is then we will continue it for another time period and reevaluate. If the exercises aren't working then we will go forth with the surgery and we will discuss it and set it up at the next appointment.

He even gave us his cell phone number...he is wonderful.

Thanks so much for all the prayers and everything. We are about to head back for SC now.

In the meantime, he wants no jumping at trampoline, no jumping out of a car, off the couch, etc. He wants him swimming and bike riding.


  1. YAY! Dr. S sounds AWESOME!!! SO glad little D doesn't have to have surgery right away.

  2. WOO HOO for awesome doctors! :) So glad things went well and you feel like you really are on the right track now and getting the best information from the expert, etc. Travel safely coming home! (((((((hugs)))))))

  3. What a great update! Have a safe trip home. ((((hugs)))

  4. Sounds like you had a great appointment. I'm glad things went so well! Be careful coming home.