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Post Op

Recovery from Bilateral Hip Adductor and Iliopsoas Releases with Brace Application challenged our entire family. We were all patient and prepared but had been optimistic that Riley’s recovery period would be short given our dedication to his well-being.

Surgery Discharge

Surgery could have been yesterday in my mind. Let me see, it was back on August 25th and I am ready to recount arriving in the recovery room.

Riley made it through the surgery without complications.

Riley, however, disagreed with the complication free assessment.

Into Surgery

It has been a long road for this family since committing Riley to Bilateral Hip Adductor and Iliopsoas Releases with Brace Application.


Arriving with Dad for surgery. Golisano Children’s Hopsital of Southwest Florida

On August 5th Riley and his Dad, John, headed up

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.

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…

Top Ten Self-Disclosures

My wife was playing with a post for tonight… Bit too technical for me (medical terms and all). I work in Information Technology so that is saying a lot… But I read one thing she wrote and decided to run with it… (LOL … keep on Running until the Devil knows you are gone… Country fans will get it…)…

She wrote:

In planning, our doctor notes that “complex Neurologic issues can cause unexpected results.”

That is the PERFECT note: To the point as it describes our life and the lives of many who read this post.

Ultimate Decision

Some years ago Riley had a medical procedure done that I found barbaric. Basically it has something to do with his shunt… I called it the lightening rod procedure. Put a metal monitor (bolt) in his skull/brain (exposed) and hold him still for 48 hours, intended to be 24, so they can read what is going on. Given Riley’s expressive nature. Holding still was a task. But I did it (actually he did it… I was just along for the ride) and I never imagined anything worse…. Until recently…

Hip Subluxation

The decision has been made.

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