Hi Mom B. It is a very individual decision as to whether to undertake surgery or not and of course no surgery should be undertaken lightly. You do not say whatMessage 1 of 1 , Jun 1, 2004View Source
Hi Mom B.
It is a very individual decision as to whether to undertake surgery or not and of course no surgery should be undertaken lightly.
You do not say what the degree of head turn is and whether your son's eye hits midline when he holds his head facing straight ahead. There is little to be gained if your son has minimal head turn and his eye reaches midline on lateral movement and in fact I doubt if any surgeon would recommend surgery in such a case.
The benefits to be gained if there is a significant head turn are various and include the reduction of the risk of spine and neck problems in later life, increased lateral movement if VRT surgery is undertaken and a less noticeable "eye problem" if the eye has a more normal range of movement. It can make seeing the blackboard more comfortable in the classroom and help with peripheral vision for sports, social situations and things like crossing roads etc.
Our Tahlia had VRT surgery followed by MRR surgery several years ago now and her Duane's is virtually a non-issue. Pre-operatively she had a significant head turn and abnormal posture as she sought to maintain a single image of 3 dimensions when she looked at things. For her, the surgery has been fantastic and there are certainly no regrets at all about her having undertaken it.
Have you considered getting a second opinion about surgery from another PO ? That may help you decide what to do.
Cheers, Sue in Australia
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