Brenda - posted on 10/12/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )
First an introduction and some background on us: I am 21 weeks and 1 day pregnant with a boy. Our son is due in February, 2012. We had difficulty conceiving and finally had success with our 4th IVF attempt at Vitalab Clinic. I am 26 years young. I have Hashimoto's disease, PCOS, Endometriosis (which was surgically removed) and issues with my eggs thus the need for Fertility Treatments. I've always been healthy and active and maintained a BMI of 19-21. My husband is 27 years young and extremely healthy and active and perfect in every way.
I had my 20 week Fetal Assessment Scan (FAS) last week. Everything seems normal and healthy in our baby boy except the Doctor suspects he has clubfeet. We went for a second opinion and a 4D scan this week and it was confirmed, it seems like both his feet is effected. Nothing else were found to be problematic.
We're overwhelmed. I've found 2 doctors that are highly recommended in my area (Gauteng, South Africa) Dr Eltringham whom is very pro-ponseti method and Dr Colyn whom is very pro-surgical intervention. We're seeing both in person at the end of the month.
We're trying to be proactive and have all the answers by the time of my son's birth so we can give him the best possible treatment. However we're overwhelmed. Both sides are so adamant that their method is best so it's really hard to know which is really best. I would love to hear advice and feedback from you ladies please. (If any of you are from South Africa I would love to hear from you too!)
1. What method do you believe is best: ponseti or surgery?
2. Could I have done anything to cause this? Only family we know who have had clubfeet was my mom's cousin's son.
3. What is the chances that he'll have other issues if the rest of the FAS was clear? I just want to be prepared to best help him.
4. What type of timeline are we looking at considering the treatments?
Sorry for the long post and thanks for reading!