Hip Surgery Risks

On several occasions throughout the past year, John and I weighed the merits and risks of putting Riley through soft-tissue lengthening to alleviate the strain his tight tendons were putting on the left hip joint.   We knew that eventually Riley would require the surgery. The surgery would bring him more comfort and flexibility going forward and waiting would only cause more correction to be needed.

Surgery Risks:

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  • General anesthesia high risk of complication
  • During anesthesia even healthy patients have pooling in lungs
  • Infection
  • Damage to surrounding structures: the iliopsoas muscle starts at the spine to the femur, blood vessel surround the hip, etc.
  • inflammation
  • extra bone formation. Our Orthopedic shared that children with neurological damage tend to be aggressive bone formers.   (I find this curious and will need to research further.)

Regardless of our concerns, surgery would eventually be the conclusion. We could not hope to out- smart the progression of Riley’s disease through nutrition, physical therapy or even prayer and love. Our mission is to keep Riley’s life as comfortable and happy as possible, making decisions with the best information we have at any given moment.







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7 Responses to Hip Surgery Risks

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  2. Dearest Stacie; Trust in yourself – Riley has full confidence in you – after all he choose you to be his mother. You and John are amazing parents, loving, caring and giving to both your boys. I can’t begin to imagine what it must be like for you at this time – sending you positive energy and asking all your angels to guide you and bring you peace. hugs and blessings C.

  3. Lux says:

    I hope I know the right words to say to make you feel better or to make things better for you and your baby. Just hang in there. I’ll include you in my prayers.

  4. Renee says:

    Oh, Stacie, what challenges you face. I do hope and pray you have a great support team in family and friends. I will pray for you to make all the ‘right’ and best decisions possible. God bless Riley on this journey. Bless you. Bless you. Bless you.

  5. Shaunna Prentis says:

    All you can do is make the best decision for you and Riley. Its good that you are researching fully before making any decisions.

    • Stacie says:

      Shaunna, You are right… I have had that conversation repeatedly with other special needs moms. Sometimes we are successful and other times we are left with some fall-out. Torturing ourselves over choices shouldn’t be part of that.

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