The reality of tendon surgery for me

I’ve only really ever had two major surgeries in my life. The first, when I was about four was a fairly common surgery to cerebral palsy. The surgery was a tendon lengthening.

In plain English this means that when I was little I literally was so tight in my legs that I couldn’t sit easily. The surgery released some of this spascity allowing me to sit better. The surgery created a few small scars on the back of my legs and led to a fair amount of stretching post operative.

The reality of tendon surgery for me

My parents followed post operative doctors orders which prevented me from muscle atrophy which is apparently common and would result in doing the surgery for a second time in many cases.I know that others may have a different experiences and I am interested in hearing more about your experience with tendon surgery did you or your child have it done did they do one of the other options out there? lets talk about it in the comments below

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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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One Response to The reality of tendon surgery for me

  1. Crip video says:

    I had 2 tendon lengthening surgeries. I believe it was a good decision on many levels. My only problem was how the casting was handled for the second surgery. I was in what my doctor called an “A Frame” cast where my legs had a bar between them. The cast gave me a really bizarre gait that took me years to get rid of and I think I lost some of the benefits of the surgery because of the awful cast. Other than that it was a lot better than the other options available and I’m glad I did it.

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