Your orthopaedic doctor recommends that your child have surgery to lengthen the hamstring. This surgery releases tightness at the knee.
After hamstring lengthening surgery is done, the child is often sent home the same day. Your child will come back from surgery with a knee immobilizer. This knee immobilizer goes from mid thigh to mid-calf. It will stay on about two to three days full-time then used only at night or with naps. When you take your child home, you will be given a prescription for pain medication and medicine that will help relax your child's muscles.
Braces may be recommended after surgery. Your nurse will discuss where to take the child to have the brace made if it is not available at the office.
Usually three to four months after surgery, you will have an appointment with your orthopaedic doctor. Please call the orthopaedic clinic nurse or your orthopaedic doctor if you have any questions or problems.