Thursday, October 16, 2008
I took Jake to the orthopedic surgeon today to have his out-turned feet assessed (tibial torsion). His left foot is in the normal range of facing outward, his right foot is not. Basically we have to decide if we want to do surgery. We don't have to decide now, as it won't get any better, but it also will not get any worse. He could have the surgery now or he could have it when he's 30- it doesn't matter. Either way, with or without surgery, he's not at risk for any problems in his knees and hips like arthritis. The surgery would consist of cutting through the tibia, rotating the foot into the correct position and reattatching the bone with screws and plates. He'd be in a cast for 8 weeks and then a year later, they would go back in and remove the plates and screws. After talking, Dave and I have decided to let him make the decision. Dave thinks we should just wait until he's old enough to pay for it himself. (joke!) But then again, if we do it now, Jake will finally be able to do the hokey pokey and shake it all about. Lately I've realized that is what I love most about my husband- his ability to make a joke about everything. It makes us laugh and certainly takes the edge off. Hey, if anyone can make a hormonal, pre-teen boy smile and smirk, that's a good thing. In all seriousness, if Jake is that uncomfortable with how he looks (he has a strange gait because of the foot), then we are all for the surgery. If he doesn't care so much and isn't being made fun of, we're all for not doing the surgery. I'll keep you posted on whatever Jake decides to do.