Minimae, she's in it for 6 weeks for now. Casts come off late February.
For anyone interested in the story....she has Avascular Necrosis of the Hip, meaning the hip lost blood supply at some point, and the bone in the ball of her hip has died and is breaking down. Possibly because of her all-consuming gymnastics, but also possible it just happened for no good reason at all. We are working madly at stopping the breakdown and rebuilding the bone before she finishes growing. It's very similar to Perthes Disease in children.
She has been non weight bearing on crutches for over 8 months. She had surgery in July called a Core Decompression where they drilled holes up through the femur into the middle of her femoral heap (ball) and injected Stem Cells, aimed at stopping the breakdown and re-establishing growth. She also goes for regular treatment by infusion to help her lay down new bone.
The last MRI showed lots of fluid and inflammation around the joint, causing the ball to be pushed out of the socket somewhat. Cue steroid injection and casts yesterday to help reduce the fluid and re-contain the hip in the socket.
The good news is that the arthrogram yesterday showed no further breakdown from the previous MRI at this stage, so we are really cheering to have some good news
I just whipped down to the chemist and have EMLA on hand. Fingers crossed. At almost $20 for a 5g tube this stuff had better be miracle cream!
Edited by lishermide, 11 January 2013 - 10:17 AM.