Thursday, April 8, 2010
Updates from Doctors
On Wednesday, we had two doctors appointments with the surgeons who will be taking care of Lilah in the coming months. We looked at her CT scan, which was really interesting to see. Lilah said it was a monster.
The craniofacial specialist will do his surgery first. He will take bone from her skull and form it to fit into her cleft to build up the spaces that aren't there or that are sunken. Right now he is waiting while the hospital makes a computer image that gives him the exact measurements needed for the bone. Complicated. I assume this will be the biggest surgery and the longest recovery time.
A couple of months later, the pediatric plastic surgeon will do his surgery on the soft tissues. The sinuses, the muscle above her lip and the tissue below her eye. She should only be in for 2-4 days for this surgery. The scars will take about 18 months to heal into a thin white line.
The third surgery (I really only expected it to be done in two) will follow that with the Opthamologist fixing her lower lid. I don't really know the timeline for all of this yet. I would like to start as soon as possible, but we will see what they say. The two surgeons will need to meet and plan things out. One said we could start anytime and the other said before she goes to school. We will push for it to be sooner than later.