|Quoting Msllsmith (Reply 11):|
but I have an ill child in the family and don't feel comfortable asking him (he's almost 13) this question.
|Quoting AirbusA346 (Reply 21):|
-3 Hernia operations.
-7 muscle transfer operations
-3 bone correction operations
And thats it and im only 15 years old, soon to be 16 in 11 days, on the 15th March Big grin
|Quoting RootsAir (Reply 22):|
wow whilst many people have small ops like tonsillectomy or circumcision you've undergone all those without the 2 classic ones...that's impressive
|Quoting Nordair (Reply 19):|
Perhaps he'd like the opportunity to tell you about it and perhaps you might learn something. Ask him and let him decide if it's worth discussing.
|Quoting Carmenlu15 (Reply 31):|
However, before that he took one last chance with penicillin shots... End of story. No more tonsil pain ever again, and no need for surgery!
|Quoting Msllsmith (Reply 7):|
But the thing that impresses me are the number of A.Net-ers who have sustained numerous surgeries and continue to be among the most optimistic people I've come across.
|Quoting SmithAir747 (Reply 37):|
*Multiple stages of cleft palate repair (including tongue flap procedures)
*Multiple stages of outer ear reconstruction with ribs and cartilage grafts
*Multiple lower jaw advancements with metal plates, screws, and rib grafts, requiring wiring the jaws shut for months (and feeding with a syringe)
*Several midface advancements with bone grafts
*Reconstruction of malar bones and orbits with rib grafts, wires and screws
*Multiple tracheostomies in conjunction with the jaw surgeries
*Malar and chin bioabsorbable implants (which were soon rejected by my body and led to serious infections requiring repeat hospitalisations and drainage surgeries)
*Two different implantable bone-conduction hearing aids (1987: Xomed Audiant, and 2003: BAHA)
*A failed attempt, in 1978 at age 3, to drill ear canals & reconstruct middle ears (surgery had to be aborted after exploration)
*Eye muscle surgery
*Mandibular biopsy for suspected growth in right mandible; found to be scar tissue from the previous jaw surgeries
All have required general anesthesia, which is a serious challenge for my anesthesiologists due to my tiny airway; multiple techniques have been tried--safest methods are LMA and awake fibre-optic intubation.
My future autobiography will, in more detail, describe my journey through these surgeries and other challenges in my life. Wish me luck (and prayers) in getting it published someday!
My experiences have driven me to pursue craniofacial deformities research as a career (that's why I'm at King's College London now).