Bilateral Hip Adductor and Iliopsoas Releases with Brace Application

Riley leads a sedentary life. Sedentary is not exactly how I think of Riley. He has a lot of energy and being Riley takes a lot of energy. The reality, however, is that his activities are confined primarily to a seated position. My yoga instructor, Matthew, recently observed that “our body adjusts to how we live life.” In Riley’s case the body falls apart to how he doesn’t live life: no running, no playing, no exercise…

Each summer, Riley is evaluated by his Pediatric Orthopedist as we watched through ex-rays the worsening trend of his left hip out of the socket. In July, we discovered the hip subluxation to finally measure 50% out of the joint.


Day before surgery, the boys and I decided to take an adventure through The Naples Preserve.

My goal is always to keep Riley as comfortable and happy as possible. It was finally time to act in order to keep him comfortable. I had kept him out of the operating room as long as I could. Quizzing our doctor, I learned that many of the candidates for corrective action had surgery around the age of six. Perhaps we had been doing something right over the years or had been very fortunate. The risk of having to repeat the surgery is proportional to age, Riley’s eleven years puts him at old. Regardless, we had reached decision time.

All of Riley’s issues lead back to the original event, brain hemorrhage. The injury compromised all of his systems. There is nothing that can correct the brain injury and we are left to manage all of the resulting injuries through therapy, medication and even surgeries. In planning, our doctor notes that “complex neurological issues can cause unexpected results.” As a parent of a medically complex child, this concept has become all too apparent over the years.

Riley’s options as Mom understands them:

Each of these options has downsides and risks. After deliberating over many months John and I determined to move forward with the soft tissue lengthening.

To be continued…






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  3. Lux says:

    Best of luck to you and your family. 🙂

  4. Anmol Rawat says:

    Good luck and my best wishes to both of you 🙂

  5. Laurel Regan says:

    I wish you and Riley all the best. Thank you for sharing your story.

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