Friday, November 18, 2011

Emma's Shoulder

After sustaining an impact injury in July while dancing, Emma's shoulder never recovered.  She's been in physical therapy twice per week ever since, but her multidirectional instability proved too great for minimally invasive treatment options.  Her shoulder basically kept falling out all over the place and the best option for correcting the condition was surgical.  

After dancing for months on a bum shoulder and seeing her Momenta performances through, Emma underwent an exploratory arthroscopic procedure this morning.  Taking a look around made it clear she would benefit from a surgical intervention called, capsular shift. The surgery tightened the ligaments that surround and support the shoulder joint and served to shift the capsule back into its rightful place so that it can help hold the joint together.  Emma's doctor said he could have driven a truck through her ligaments!  No wonder her shoulder was falling out all over the place!

I thought it was interesting that we got to take pictures of Emma's joint home with us.  Please enjoy this different kind of portrait...
I have no idea how to look at these pictures, but Emma's doctor complimented the over-all condition and cleanliness of her shoulder joint.  He is also very confident that the procedure will help her tremendously.  

Our girl had a little panic attack upon waking up and a small adverse reaction to the anesthesia, but other than that came through the 2 1/2 hour procedure like a champ.  Outside of a droopy eyelid caused by the nerve blocker that will keep her shoulder numb for 24 hours she looks great!  She is resting comfortably and it feels like she is finally on the road to recovery!

4 comments:

Angela said...

Poor thing. Happy it's over. Get well soon Emma. Just remember to relax and let yourself heal.

Mary said...

No matter how old they get they all look so little when they are sick, just want to wrap my arms her. Glad it all went well...good luck to sweet Emma

healthatmysize said...

Hope all is well. Stress be gone!!

Anonymous said...

glad to hear that everything went well...anything she needs give me a call..most of all give her my love and let the healing begin!!!!
love to all, patty

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