Thursday, March 4, 2010

Pollicization

Elijah's surgery finished yesterday right on time. He came back to me with a little nausea, which he overcame shortly. He slept with one eye on me making sure I was bedside. He progressively came around and even gave me a few laughs as we watched Dora together.

The procedure yesterday was far more invasive than what he had done on the other hand. It is called Pollicization. Here's a definition:
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Pollicization is a plastic surgery technique in which a thumb is created from an existing finger. Typically this consists of surgically migrating the index finger to the position of the thumb in patients who are either born without a functional thumb (most common) or in patients who have lost their thumb traumatically.


During pollicization the index finger metacarpal bone is cut and the finger is rotated approximately 120 to 160 degrees and replaced at the base of the hand at the usual position of the thumb. The arteries and veins are left attached.. If the thumb is congenitally absent other tendons from the migrated index finger may be shortened and rerouted to provide good movement.
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The surgeon said this is a very difficult procedure, but one with a lot of satisfaction. We are expecting greater functionality from his new THUMB!
 
I'm amazed at how EVERY employee at this wonderful hospital has high spirits. No one wakes up on the wrong side of the bed or brings personal baggage that impacts their attitude. I'm amazed at how they not only treat us (and especially Eli) with extreme respect and compassion, but also each other. This is a great place to be (if you have to be here that is).

I told Eli upon his arrival "every time you leave this place, you are better." It is true. What would we have done without this place where the experts gather to help children with unique issues? I'm glad I didn't have to find out. Thank you Shriners.
 
Hopefully we will go home today.
 
Love you all,
Melissa

4 comments:

Hewett Happenings said...

Thought about you all day yesterday. So glad surgery went well. Will continue to pray for a quick, uneventful recovery from this surgery.

Have a safe trip home!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your updates. You know we are praying for you all day and all night. Yes, I have had some sleepless nights, Not worry just conscious of your needs and God's comfort for each of you. Hope to see you soon. Bobbie

Anonymous said...

Melissa:
We've had computer issues and haven't been able to check in for awhile.I'm glad that the surgery went well and I just know that your little man will be amazing everyone with the things he can do after the surgery.
Leveta

Ellie said...

Hi there, It was satisfying to read your post about pollicization as I am a 15 year old girl who underwent this surgery when I was about 2/3 years old and is lovely to hear how other people got on with the surgery. I am now happy and healthy and extremely grateful and having the operation and I'm sure your son will be too. (It's always satisfying to hear how others have got on!)
Kind Regards, Ellie