I'm looking forward to having them over and done with, but I'm feeling pretty anxious as he'll be put under general anesthesia. Some doctors use local anesthesia or numbing cream, but Dr. Segal prefers general anesthesia, especially for babies with bilateral clubfeet, since it's so important that they stay perfectly still - a strong jerk of the foot at the wrong time could be disastrous.
After the tenotomies, he'll get another set of casts and will be in those for three weeks. Once they are removed, he'll start the 23/7 brace wear.
I was hoping he'd be into his boots and bar before I go back to work (probably December 2), but it looks like that won't happen. I hope he adjusts well to the brace, because enduring a few sleepless nights will be that more difficult if I have to get up at 5am and drive 43 miles. Luckily, he's a mellow little guy so far and has adjusted really well to the casts.
|Peter's feet prior to round 6 of casting|
|Peter's feet prior to round 5 of casting|
|Peter's feet prior to round 4 of casting |
(couldn't get a better pic because he was kicking a lot!)
|Peter's feet prior to round 3 of casting|
|Peter's feet prior to round 2 of casting|
|Peter's feet at birth|