Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Tuesday June 23, 2009

Collin will be having surgery.

We went back to the neurosurgeon this past Monday. After discussing at length our options, the risks, the procedures, recoveries, etc. We decided it was in Collin’s best interest to go ahead and have Dr. G proceed with the surgery.

The surgery itself will be about an hour long. It will consist of him drilling a small hole into the upper part of Collin’s head and sliding in a tiny camera to take a look. Depending on what he finds, he will proceed to use an instrument to re-align the pathway between the two ventricles, thus allowing the spinal fluid to drain properly again.  If he feels this is not an option once he is in there, he can close up and go in at another spot on the lower part of Collin’s head and place a shunt to help relieve the pressure that is there and help with the draining.
The shunt is a last resort. And yes it could go in the same spot he will be going into with the camera, but it is safer to put it in from the bottom, rather than the top according to Dr. G.

I do apologize for my lack of medical knowledge/terminology.

Please keep Collin in your prayers over the next several days/week.
The incision should not have much pain as there is no muscle where they are going in at.
We will spend one-two nights @ Children’s and then he will be able to come home on some restrictions for two weeks until he goes back for a follow up with Dr. G.

Thank you all for your prayers & concern for our little boy.

There is a very good possibility that this surgery will eliminate the seizures and therefore the need for the seizure medicine.

I will keep you updated as I can.

5 ?'s, comments or concerns:

He And Me + 3 said...


Thank you for sharing. i think you did a great job explaining. I was able understand the procedure. I will be prayingfor collin and both of you.

Nancy said...

I'm so sorry you're having to deal with this :( and will definitely be in prayer. Let us now with updates as you're able. love and warm thoughts, Nancy

McCrakensx4 said...

Kelly, I have been keeping up with you and Collin on FB, but I am glad that you are blogging about it. Lifting Collin up in prayer as you go through this timee. Please continue to keep us updated. ((hugs)) Stacey

Lisa said...

Kelly, I keep myself posted with things on Facebook, but so happy that you gave us the info on what is going to be taking place. I am keeping you all in my prayers esp. Collin.

Hugs & Prayers!

~ Lisa

Kelly said...

Def. keeping him in our prayers!