Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Surgery Update Nov. 17

Dear friends,

Here's a condensed report on Stephen's surgery:

Dr. Bagchi expected to work on Steve for 6 hours if he could tolerate being under that long. He wound up doing 7 hours. I may mash my medical terms or leave something out but here's a list of what was done.

1- He reapproximated Steve's elbow, making it a little better and closing the wound. He was happy with the way it turned out.
2- The left tibia, (that's the one we've been watching so closely for infection) looked "clean", so Dr. Bagchi put on a skin graft. Now we watch to see if it takes. If it does, next week he will put a rod in on that side.
3- The right femur was, and I quote, "shattered in a million pieces". Dr. Bagchi said it came together "perfectly". How wild is that?
4- The right tibia was fixated with 2 large screws. He converted external fixator to internal, and put together the joint from the top and bottom.

If all goes well (no infection, continued progress and healing), Dr. Bagchi is talking about putting that left tibia rod in next week and possibly beginning work on the right foot.

Praise God for His greatness! He is bringing us through calamity day by day. Someday, when this is all over, we're going on a big trip where I can sleep for a week. That is, if Steve can get on an airplane with all the beeps from the metal detectors...

I love you all!

Your friend on the pilgrim road,



Meaghan said...

Standing in the gap for you and with you! Praise God for all He's done so far. I know He's got more coming! Praying for continued, supernatural strength for all of you.

Much love and many prayers,
Meaghan Persing

the leicht's said...

praise God for the good report. I you are loved and are in our prayers. In HIS Love, Bill and Dotty

Mel said...

Yay for a good report! We're praying and standing and believing God for total restoration.
Love you much.

Anonymous said...

What a mighty God we serve!

So happy to hear that all is going well.

We are praying for complete restoration and a full recovery for both Steve & Hannah.

We look forward to the day when you are all back home.

May God continue His healing process for body, mind, soul, and spirit.

We serve the God of Miracles!

Lorraine & Ernie

rezhead said...

We are praying constantly...we are praising God for all the work HE IS DOING...Bless you all..IN JESUS NAME.. Jane and Eric Unright

Anonymous said...

Our prayers continue to be with all of you and May God continue to guide the doctors and nurses as they care Steve & Hannah.
Peggy's Sister-in-law