Hoping to someday find M's brother adopted in the U.S. -
Myckola Oleksandrovych Markov - 8/26/2003

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Dr. Nuzzo Describing "Flimsy" AFOs

I saw this video of Dr. Nuzzo describing what kind of AFO he likes to see kids in after SPML surgery. M had SPML surgery with Dr. Nuzzo in April last year and we can't say enough good things about him.  He is only one of two doctors in the U.S. that does this surgery (he pioneered it about 20 years ago) so its widely unknown.

Our orthotist watched this video and said that he can definitely fabricate braces like this for us (or anyone).  Its very difficult to get doctors, orthotists, and therapists to think "outside the box" when it comes to CP so we've been very blessed to have our PT and orthotist totally on board with the surgery and the recommended orthotics.  I wish everyone understood more about SPML (selective percutaneous myofascial lengthening) surgery and I hope that Dr. Nuzzo's explanation and version of AFOs becomes more widely recognized.  Traditional braces only come in a handful of styles, are bulky, stiff, and don't allow for very "natural" walking.  Most "custom" AFOs aren't really that custom at all.

Here he is.  Very cool!

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