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    Achilles Tendon lengthening!!!

    Hi there,
    We are hoping to see if anyone out there knows of anyone who has had Achilles tendon lenthening done? Our 6 year old son, who has been diagnosed with Becker MD,has been strongly advised to get this procedure done? We understand all the logic and reasons behind why it needs to be done, BUT the biggest fear is the muscle deterioration in the cast, which will be on for 4 weeks! We fear that once the cast comes off it will take a very long time to get muscle strength back in his calf muscle, or if at all. All the specialists are saying to us, thankfully he is very active and strong and young, which will all stand to him:-) As you can understand we are very anxious to make the right decision for our little boy! We were told we would be waiting awhile for the procedure, but then they came back to us a couple of days ago saying there may be a slot this coming Monday, so we were in a big panic! But it has been postponed til possibly Monday 28th July! I really hope someone has some knowledge or personal experience on this? Please Help? Thank you

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    Re: Achilles Tendon lengthening!!!

    Hi there – is this response too late? I’m asking questions about a very similar issue. I’m 34, I’ve got bethlem myopathy so a bit different to your little one. I had the open Achilles tendon lengthening on my right ankle when I was 14 back in 1994 and they’ve just recommended I have my left done using a different technique – rather than an open long cut, they’re doing triple cut so three smaller incisions. Does your son have issues with healing? I had considerable difficulties after my first operation, I was stuck in bed for months and it took me probably 18 months to get somewhere back to ‘normal’. I was overweight though and most of the issues were due to keloid scarring. I’m trying to decide whether to risk the operation now with the different approach. What have you decided, how did you get on?

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