Eli went through 10 sets of casts prior to surgery. At the time we were given two options for surgery. We could do the Tenotomy in the office with local anesthetic or we could go to the hospital and have Eli asleep for the surgery. After doing some research and talking to the nurses we decided to go to the hospital and have the surgery done. We didn't want Eli to experience any more pain & stress than necessary.
The night before the surgery we were told that Eli couldn't eat past 2 am. We debated back and forth on whether we would wake him up and feed him in the middle of the night or take our chances and hope he slept through until we left for the hospital. After doing a quick survey of our Facebook friends Eric and I decided that we would wake him up and feed him in an attempt to tide him over until after surgery.
The morning of surgery came and we delicately tried to slip Eli into his car seat without waking him up. Who were we kidding?! Eli is the lightest sleeper known to man. Instead we were greeted with this adorable smile :) He was already to go!
|Hi Mom! I'm ready for my new feet!|
Once we got back to our room, Eli started to get a little fussy and I couldn't blame him! At that point it had nearly been two hours since we woke him up! Of course Eli wasn't the only one who was hungry, Mommy and Daddy were hungry too!
The day was saved thanks to one of our awesome nursing friends who gave us a great tip! They said to dip Eli's pacifier into Karo corn syrup before we went to the hospital. If Eli started to get fussy from hunger, give it to him. The sugar in the syrup gives babies pain relief and helps with hunger pains. It worked like a charm!
|That pacifier knocked me out! Notice how his feet don't go flat and point down.|
|Rockin' my pink (or salmon according to my hubby) hospital gown. But we all know, real men wear pink ;)|
Eli's surgery was very quick however we were in the waiting room for about 2 hours before they called us back to see Eli. The doctors explained that they like to make sure the babies are stable and starting to wake up before they bring families back.
|All snuggled up on Mommy|
|Look at my new flat feet!|
The whole experience was probably harder on Mom and Dad than it was on Eli. He responded really well to the whole thing, and it showed us just how patient and enduring he could be.
So for all those parents about to take their child to have a Tenotomy, just know that it is survivable. That your baby will respond (hopefully as well as Eli). And that it's all worth it.
But we definitely don't ever want to go through it again.