M had SPML surgery in NJ with Dr. Nuzzo in April.
We flew to NJ and spent 3 days there while she had the procedure and recovered.
She spent 3 weeks in casts.
As with any surgery involving cerebral palsy, there is always the fear that correcting one thing will make another underlying problem a bigger issue.
We have been working hard with M in PT on bending her knees because she's wanting to stiff leg walk from the hip while locking her knees to stabilize since she lost the spasticity in her feet and ankles that she was used to.
Its hard to see the progress sometimes when you are with a child every day. In PT we focus on what the problems are, not what she's able to do. Sometimes that leaves me feeling perpetually frustrated with there always being something wrong.
This week here at the beach I have realized that SPML surgery gave her what we had hoped.
It didn't "fix" her CP, but it allowed her to do so much more.
The last time we went to the beach, she couldn't even walk on the sand without her crutches and she doesn't like using them for more than 5.3 seconds at a time, so basically she crawled most of the time.
She wanted to go walk in the water, but she just couldn't stand up in even a few inches (because she can't wear her AFOs in salt water). The sensation of movement knocked her over.
A picture is worth a thousands words, so I'll leave you with what she was doing yesterday.