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    My boyfriend Dave is going to have his Tendons lengthened in his calfs.
    Has anyone had this done?
    If so what were your results?
    Thanks ANTY
    Be always determined in Life and Love

    #2
    Originally posted by davesgirl aka anty
    My boyfriend Dave is going to have his Tendons lengthened in his calfs.
    Has anyone had this done?
    If so what were your results?
    Thanks ANTY
    Had mine lengthened in 2001 on left leg. It helped lessen contractures/tightness. This was done in conjunction with repair of nasty breaks and insertion screws in my lower leg and ankle after a gravity versus ME contest. Obviously gravity won. Again.

    If you have specific questions, hit me up.

    Hope the lengthening is helpful to him.

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      #3
      Thanks maryellen He is having both legs done on the same day. He has MD he walks with braces up to his knees. They finally figured out what was causing his pain. I was just wondering how long is healing process and was it painful after done. I should of went with him to ask questions you know men they never ask The DR said 2 weeks he thinks to put his braces back on. I am glad it helped you anty
      Be always determined in Life and Love

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        #4
        I had my Achilles tendon lengthened on my right leg almost 2 years ago due to contracture from excessive tone. I wear AFOs and can walk some with forearm crutches. Wore a cast for 6 weeks. The recovery was slow. If you know anyone who's torn the Achilles tendon, it's a long recovery process. I still haven't regained the strength I had before surgery, but my foot is much more manageable. It no longer fights the AFO. I didn't have any pain to speak of, but I don't have much feeling in my lower legs. My left foot has the same problem. I'm trying botox first to try to control the tone, although the contracture of my Achilles tendon won't allow my foot to go much past neutral. Still, it's much less invasive than surgery.
        Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
        ~ Arthur Ashe

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          #5
          Originally posted by davesgirl aka anty
          Thanks maryellen He is having both legs done on the same day. He has MD he walks with braces up to his knees. They finally figured out what was causing his pain. I was just wondering how long is healing process and was it painful after done. I should of went with him to ask questions you know men they never ask The DR said 2 weeks he thinks to put his braces back on. I am glad it helped you anty
          Hey, Anty,

          I was in the hospital for a week afterwards and released from my doctor a couple of months later. As for pain, I think the screws placed in my ankle and leg caused more problems for my body than the lengthening.

          How is he with use of his hands/arms? If he's having both done at once, it seems a chair may be the way he'll be mobile until the tendons have healed enough for him to walk with crutches again.

          The cerebral palsy, not the SCI, was the over-riding factor in me needing the lengthening. My right leg wasn't having the problems (in addition to broken bones) my left was.

          As for questions the two of you may have for the doctor pre-op, is it possible to schedule another appointment with his physician or to talk to his nurse together? I found my doc's nurse more helpful in answering my myriad of questions pre and post-op than the doctor.

          One thing I learned during the experience was the need for a physiatrist, not just an orthopod here, a neurosurgeon there or a neurologist for this or that. An orthopod did my lengthening, but he wasn't incredibly familiar with CP or SCI ortho procedures. (More of a sports med type). In retrospect, I wish I'd had an ortho who worked in conjunction with a physiatrist.

          The physiatrist I have was acquired during the rehab post-surg.

          I hope Dave's surgery goes well. The best to you both.

          **Hugs**
          MaryEllen

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            #6
            Thank you for the replys. The surgery is going to be jan. 3rd. His hands are fine he has a jazzy for long walks he will be using that until he able to walk with just his braces. I will let you know how everything goes thanks anty
            Be always determined in Life and Love

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              #7
              Don't forget the physical therapy and exercises required after the surgery.
              It is a fix but not a quick one. You might want to get that information also & how you can help him with the rehabilitation after wards.

              See if they gave him any instrucitons or they should will after the surgery.

              CWO
              The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                #8
                Thank you CWO ANTY
                Be always determined in Life and Love

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                  #9
                  Well 1 leg was done. It went very well. He had to wear a cast for 2 weeks and stay off it. That was the hardest part. Really no pain only when they removed the stiches for 1 day he was in pain. He walked on the leg with his brace and all is great he can stretch his leg out straight and bend his ankle up towards him. He is going back for the second leg in FEB.
                  Be always determined in Life and Love

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                    #10
                    Glad to hear things went well for Dave, Anty.

                    Here's to the same good results and quick recovery for him in February.

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                      #11
                      I have what is called Spastic Paraplegia. I have contractures in both my calfs and I am not able to walk flat on the ground anymore. (heels are 2 1/2 inches off the ground) At the moment walking is quite difficult, I can go about a block before I need to stop and rest my ankles, The balls of my feet tend to hurt after a short period of walking due to all the weight placed on them. I'm not able to run or jog anymore.

                      I've been looking into getting tendon lengthening but I'm concerned about the after effects of such a surgery. Would I return to normal after the healing process? aka walking, jogging or even running? I don't want to do this surgery if I will end up with fused ankles or needing AFO's to walk the rest of my life. I don't think I could handle that..

                      Another question I had is cosmetic changes, for anyone here who's had this procedure done, what do your legs look like from the knee down? Will my calf muscles regain thier former size or will I end up with my ROM back but have these tiny atrophied legs? I understand that getting my range of motion back is more important than cosmetic looks but I'd like to have both is possible. Any information anyone here could provide would be a great help.
                      Last edited by Ceno; 28 Mar 2007, 4:00 PM.

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                        #12
                        My ankle was not fused because I had a tendon lenthening, Ceno. I had broken bones.

                        Ask your surgeon exactly what she/he will do, why, etc. You want to know everything you can about the what's, why's, how's of the proposed surgery.

                        Then, get a second opinion. Compare that with what the first doctor has told you.

                        What happens if you don't have the surgery? Can the contractures be reversed or minimized with intensive therapy, medication, wearing the braces for periods longer than just overnight?

                        You wrote you have spastic paraplegia. Is that due to cerebral palsy?

                        What has caused the worsening of the contractures you have?

                        As for the apperarance of your legs afterwards, check with your surgeon about that. If you are prescribed PT and you follow to the letter the prescribed PT, what kind of outcome can you expect? Your doctor should have an idea based upon your history, the cause of your SP, specific surgery, etc.

                        Let us know what you find out, what the doctors suggest, what you decide.

                        I hope you find relief for the contractures.

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                          #13
                          Dave had his second leg done. He is very happy with the outcome. He has no more pain in the back of his calves. His legs look fine. Ceno i wish you the best if you get it done. Any questions feel free to ask.
                          Be always determined in Life and Love

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                            #14
                            You wrote you have spastic paraplegia. Is that due to cerebral palsy?
                            No, as far as I understand spastic paraplegia IS the diagnosis. (the full term the specialist gave it was "hereditary spastic paraplegia" I have no other probems aside from the muscle contractures in my calfs.


                            I will definitely ask alot of questions to find out about this thanks! For the time being I will try to gain as much flexibility as I can through the splints and botox. I'm going to get in some physical therapy sessions to help in conjunction with my splinting I do at home. Hopefully a combination of these will be enough to get my ROM back. If not then surgery will have to be done. I will keep you posted on what happens. It's nice to hear from other people's success against these conditions. Always fight the good fight!

                            Dave had his second leg done. He is very happy with the outcome. He has no more pain in the back of his calves. His legs look fine. Ceno i wish you the best if you get it done. Any questions feel free to ask.
                            Thank you for your confidence boost. I actually feel alot better knowing that somone else who's had tendon lengthening done came out with normal looking legs. I don't feel so worried now, but I will make sure to get as much info from the surgeon before I decide.

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