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Question about adductor surgery

AlejandraTR17AlejandraTR17 Member Posts: 6 Listener
edited August 27 in Cerebral Palsy
Hi, everyone! My name is Ally and I am based outside the UK. Five days ago, I had surgery for spastic diplegia (was very functional before, though, and could walk unassisted and even walk up and down stairs). It was pretty major and I had a femoral derotation osteotomy and an adductor myotomy to loosen the adductors. They put a bar in between my knees to keep my legs spread open, and I am wondering if the pain will become more manageable? Or is it going to hurt the entire two weeks the adductor bar is there? What was people's experience? 

Thank you so much, 

Hugs, 

Ally

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  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Administrator Posts: 796 Pioneering
    edited August 26
    Hi @AlejandraTR17

    Welcome to the online community, how are you? 

    This isn't something I know much about, but hopefully one of our other members will be along soon to advise on this :) 

    I do hope the pain becomes more manageable for you, it must be uncomfortable.

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  • janer1967janer1967 Community champion Posts: 4,577 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @AlejandraTR17 Welcome to the community sorry I dont have any advice for you other than can you ask for stronger pain medication

    I just wanted to say HI and look forward to seeing you around and that other members can offer some advice
  • Richard_ScopeRichard_Scope Administrator Posts: 2,329 Scope community team
    Hi @AlejandraTR17
    Good to speak with you. I had similar surgeries when I was younger. 

    The bar is essential to make sure that your abductor muscles do not return to their original positions and are stretched. The pain and discomfort will ease over time as the muscles heal. It's very important that you fully engage with your physiotherapy and try not to remove the bar.

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  • AlejandraTR17AlejandraTR17 Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Thank you all @Ross_Scope! @janer1967 , I asked for a muscle relaxant that helped a lot.   
    @Richard_Scope , I will take the recommendations to heart.Hoping the pain and discomfort starts to fade quicker.

  • WestHam06WestHam06 Community champion, Scope Volunteer Posts: 681 Pioneering
    Hi @AlejandraTR17
                                    I am sorry but I am unable to offer any advice regarding this particular surgery but it looks as though our wonderful CP Specialist Information Officer @Richard_Scope has been able to offer you some advice. I just wanted to say welcome to the community, thank you for joining us and look forward to seeing you around the community. I hope the pain eases for you soon. Thank you. 
  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Administrator Posts: 1,422 Pioneering
    Hi @AlejandraTR17 I can't offer any other words of wisdom but wanted to say I hope you aren't in pain too long and we are here if you need anyone to talk to while you are recovering.  How are you feeling now?
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  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 10,598 Scope community team
    Hi @AlejandraTR17, how are you feeling today? :)
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  • AlejandraTR17AlejandraTR17 Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Hi, @Chloe_Scope! Thank you for asking :smiley: The abduction bar comes off tomorrow. I'm happy to report -- in case anyone ever peaks into this thread -- that the pain and discomfort subsided over time, and that I needed less and less medication as time went by. They gave me a strong muscle relaxer that helped with the spasticity, which felt painful, and with the pain in general.  

  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 10,598 Scope community team
    I'm really glad to hear that the pain reduced over time @AlejandraTR17! I hope it went okay on Tuesday. :)
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