Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Femur Head Fracture Update

Today, Jackson had a follow up with his orthopaedic surgeon.  Jackson hasn't had any pain, his leg seems completely healed, and he's back to full strength. We ran into his PT while we were waiting for the results of his Xrays, and my assessment to him was that "today is probably the last sentence in this chapter." 

I was wrong.  I should be used to that...being Matthew's mom... but it is always humbling to be taken off guard in a doctor's office!

A cyst has formed on Jackson's femur head, near the break.  This is of concern because it makes the bone weaker and more prone to future breaks.  Ugh.  The good news is that in 1/4 cases, these type of cysts go away without treatment.  The not-so-good news is that in 3/4 cases, they stay the same or get bigger.  At this time, we are waiting and watching.  If it stays the same or gets smaller, we will continue to wait and watch.  If it gets bigger, the surgeon recommends a process called "curettage and bone grafting" (more detail on this type of cyst and process can be found here). 

So, the femur head fracture story continues.  We are really praying that Jackson is in the 1/4 group!! 

We always forget to wear shorts sans zippers to these appointments but Jackson loves the disposable shorts they give him to wear for the Xrays.  He pulled them up to his armpits. 

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