Monday, January 19, 2009

Top Docs and Curly Toes

Today Lucy had her first appointment with the pediatric orthopedic surgeon. When she was born we noticed that her fourth toe on her left foot was bent. Its not just an "underlying" toe or one that is pushed to the side. This toe is bent at one of the joints basically. Her pediatrician, who has been rated as one of the cites top docs in his field and was also my doctor for 20 years, recommended we have her checked out with a specialist.

The doctor we saw today was awesome. He is also rated as a "top doc" in the pediatric orthopedic surgeon category. Right away he put my mind at ease about the whole situation. This condition, a "curly toe" as he called it, is not uncommon. The procedure to correct it is very simple but I had a number of questions for him about this and its effects on Lucy. Among the bigger concerns was that of the timing and recovery. She will need to have this done around the time she turns one. I was worried that this would set her back in learning how to walk but he assured me that after the procedure babies are up and walking in no time at all. Another issue would be recovery. I wanted to know if she'd be in pain or uncomfortable but because of the method they use he said recovery would be a breeze for her.

The last big concern is the procedure itself. What they do is put the patient to sleep, make a small cut and simply repair the tendons. That is a lot better than what I was thinking. I was very concerned they would have to do something to the bone itself. This operation will be out-patient. The only part that I'm still a little nervous about is putting Lucy under anesthesia. Her surgeon said that is why they wait till babies are a year old to do this because at that point the risks with the anesthesia would be no greater for her than they would be for an adult. I'm a Mommy though to a perfect little princess, so I'll always worry about my girl! But we are just trusting God in this that He will be guiding the whole process once the day comes for Lucy to have the surgery. Thankfully this will be very simple for her; I think G.I. Joe and I will be the ones who take a while to bounce back from this! :)

Thank you all for your prayers in this matter. We thank God that Lucy won't have any developmental set backs from this. Here is a picture of her little foot so you can see what I'm talking about. This picture isn't the best but Lucy didn't really want to sit still for it! If you notice the fourth toe is not only pushed down but it curls inward too:



Mallissa said...

Thats good you found a good ped. to ease your mind! Things will go good, and im sure she'll be running around the house soon after the surgeory.!

Margaret said...

I'm really happy to hear that everything will work out better than expected! And I'm glad you're happy with the doctor!

aevans said...

Her little foot is so cuuuuuuute :)

Ariels_mommy said...

I am so glad that I found your post. My daughter also has a curly toe. It is actually the same foot and the same toe. When I took her to the doctor they told me that they wouldn't do surgery till she was 3. Ariel is 20 weeks old and I am counting down the months. Eventhough I do not want to see my daughter go through surgery I do believe that when she gets older she will thank me. It was not a hard decision for my husband and I to make as soon as we noticed it when she was a baby we knew we wanted to get it fixed. Please keep me posted on your journey. :)