At almost 42yrs old the time has finally come for change..
‘Life changing’ change..
I was born with a pretty significant leg length discrepancy with my right leg longer than my left. It is not something I have worried about at length (no pun intended). Actually life has been pretty good to me surrounded by an amazing network of family and friends.
Don’t get me wrong there’s been days when I have hated being different but while it has shaped me as a person (in a good way) it has never defined me – for that I am grateful.
Since about June last year I have been seeing an Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr Ivan Astori, (for the first time in 27yrs – to his horror!) in relation to my leg. As I am getting older and things are starting to wear it was time to look into the options available to me, the longer I leave it the less likely it is that I will be considered for anything as major as planned.
Couple of interesting facts:
I don’t have a cruciate ligament in my left leg – that was new.. but explains a lot!!
I have a 12cm difference between my left leg and my right – never knew that fact either 😁
I think I have been a very interesting case and perhaps considered a little blasé when it comes to the fact that I haven’t been to a specialist or had an X Ray since I was a teenager.
Regardless of that on May 24 2016 I undergo a 5/6hr surgery under Dr Astori that requires both my femur and tibia to be broken. The femur will be fitted with a Precise Nail and my tibia will be fitted with a different device using the Ilizarov method. The Ilizarov device involves an external ring clamp consisting of split rings with the fixation of spikes/rods. This carries the most risk due to the pin infections that can occur during the life of the lengthening. They also have to cut/release my calf/hamstrings to allow the necessary bone growth (sounds fun 😜). It is expected that the femur will gain 4cm and the Tibia 6cm in length (hopefully) I will still have some difference – as the full length may be just too much for him to gain via this procedure, but that is quite ok with me as who wants to be perfect😂! Ha.
This is a minimum 6 month process including the extension (min 60days) and consolidation (min 120days) periods . I am really hoping the Ilizarov cage will come off by Christmas this year.
I have now finished work for the next 6-7 months and things are about to get real. At the moment my mood swings between excitement, total fear and hoping to god there’s lots of GOOD drugs.
So ‘Just Take The Step’ is a blog on my leg lengthening story, it’s mostly for me (a therapy if you like) but I’m happy to overshare. Actually I have no idea how to blog.. first timer right here!
So if you’re interested (or know someone who might benefit) follow my blog. Whether you believe in God, spirits or none of the above please consider me in your prayers, affirmations or thoughts! Any positive vibes you send my way I will gladly accept.
Thanks for just taking the step with me. x