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Hi. My 8yr old son started limping in march 2016 out of the blue but said he hadnt done anything but it was hurting all around his calf... took visit to docs who done a knee and hip examination to find he was very restricted with movement in his left hip so was sent for xrays. After waiting a life time and limping getting worse off we went to a and e. After 6hrs of waiting we was told a bed was being arranged up on the ward for him (as you can imagine at this point im shocked and confussed at what the problem could be) we were met by a doctor who confirmed it was perthes disease. From then on he was monitered quite frequently with xrays and regular check ups with the surgeon he also went through weekly courses of physio in and out of hydropool but nothing improved. We had appointment for an athrogram (where surgeon injects a die around the area to get a better vision of what is actually going on) for the 31th august 16 after attending the pre op the day before he took one look and said we are operating tomorrow. (SHOCKED)..Had a baby in the april and my son starting high school the following day. It was madness.... so for the operation he had a osteotomy which involved making a cut in his groin about 3inch to push his bone out of cut about 12cm down his left side they broke the bone and held in place with plates and screws. He will eventually have to have these removed. His left leg is currently 2cms shorter than the right and is waiting for his trainers to come back from orthotics as they are placing a wedge in the sole of it to even him out. After op he was non weight bearing for 3weeks and used a walker to get around since then he has been on crutches. He has had physio ever since the opertion.
I know this is long but hope it helps you to get a better picture on things if your child is going through similar also i would like any feed back on dla as i applied but they declined straight out right so i re applied and now they have asked for a medical report... ive also applied for a blue badge waiting on decission on this also.
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