A lot has happened since I last posted on here, both good and bad. Thankfully, I’ve finally gotten accustomed to my C-legs. I’m also off the crutches. I even got my prosthesis cosmetically covered (foam). I feel happy with my current prosthetic legs, as well as more confident walking in them.
Now… the bad news.
I’ve had really bad adductor rolls for years now, which are collections of tissue that can form on the inner thigh above the socket line. It has constantly caused issues with my fittings, so my current Prosthetist suggested that I see a plastic surgeon if it persists. For years, I’ve been going to my dermatologist for creams, but it has only been a temporary solution.
I finally went for a consultation at the plastic surgery department. The surgeon was completely understanding of my situation. She said that she doesn’t want to cut since my adductor rolls are located very high in my thighs and because my prostheses apply a lot of pressure in that area.
Instead, the plan is to go with liposuction, since it’ll be minimally invasive. The stitches will even dissolve on their own. However, I’ll also have to get refitted in my prosthetic legs.
I’m very excited to get this issue fixed because I’m in constant pain.
At the same time, I’m very worried. I was accepted into a bio-medical research summer program, and it is an incredible opportunity that I don’t want to deny. It starts only a few weeks after the scheduled operation and I may not be fully healed by then.
On the other hand, my surgeon recommended I go ahead with it anyways. She said that I will always have things going on, but that this is something I need to do regardless.
I feel that as an amputee, we always have to plan ahead…
Sometimes, I wish that I didn’t have to worry about things like this.
I’ve already contacted my surgeon, my Prosthetist, and even the school that I’ll be staying for accommodations. I requested my friend as a roommate in case I need extra help in the dorms. Although, I have to work extra hard just to make this happen, I know that these challenges give me motivation, perseverance, and dedication.
And in the end, those qualities are what make us stronger.