Wednesday, March 23, 2011

P's Elbow Surgery

When P was in Kindergarten, he fell off a trampoline (he wasn't jumping - just standing) and broke his arm. (those details I will save for another post..) As a result of that injury, the nature of boys in general, and a season of wrestling, a piece of bone became lodged in his elbow joint.  Not only was it swollen and painful, but he couldn't straighten his arm out all the way.

After an x-ray and an MRI, and another trip to Children's Hospital, it was determined that surgery was necessary.  That was this morning.  The surgery took about 2 hours.  The piece of bone they removed was about a half inch in diameter. No wonder he was having problems. The surgeon also showed us pictures of the inside of his elbow.  The before pictures showed absolutely shredded cartilage. The after pictures show moderately shredded cartilage.

He should be able to do sports again after about 6 weeks.  He will be in a sling for the next 2 weeks.  He can get his arm wet in 2 days (ewwww. stinky boy!)

His evil-genius father took video of him in the recovery room.  We will use it to our advantage at a later date.