That's the word we kept hearing in Baltimore yesterday.....significant.
My middle daughter, Jacquelyn, has had 3 surgeries on her left ankle and one on her right ankle. She has a condition called osteochondritis or something to that spelling. There are docs who believe you are born with this condition and there are docs who believe you develop this from doing repetitive motion. So it's a weakness in the bones and the repetitive motion just weakens it more.
Jacquelyn started at a very young age doing competitive all star cheering. She competed all along the East Coast and was a flyer. Which meant she hit the floor a lot......landing on those precious little ankles. And it wore them down.
She had her first surgery here in Richmond and it did no good at all. She was seen by lots of ortho docs in Richmond but none could help her. They sent her to Baltimore to Dr. Myerson who is an expert in ankles. He works on pro athletes....as a matter of fact, he is the one who operated on TO right before the Super Bowl. Anyway, he's good......and we were very lucky to get him. He has rebuilt Jacquelyn's ankles, created new arches in both of her feet and stretched her Achilles tendons.
She is having some problems with walking.....after awhile, her ankle hurts and it swells so we trucked on up to Baltimore yesterday to see Dr.M.
and he said there's a problem......and it's significant. So they are going to have to transplant some cartilage into that left ankle. She doesn't want to do it until bowling season is finished.......which is just a few more weeks.
Once that is done, she will then be placed on the transplant wait list as this will be a "live" transplant (live cells)
and then she'll be on 24/7 standby for surgery.
hopefully, this will take care of the problem
cuz you know.....she may be 21 years old but those are still precious little ankles to me!