Surgery Tomorrow

Please pray for Liliana tomorrow as she has surgery at Children’s Hospital in Seattle.  Her surgery is scheduled for 12:15 pm and will take 3-3.5 hours.  We are quite confident that she is in good hands at Children’s, but more improtantly, we know she is in our good Father’s hands and are trusting Him to take good care of her.  Liliana will have three procedures tomorrow:

1-Cleft Lip Revision.  Dr. Tse will be cutting her lip open in the previous scar, closing the muscle that goes around her mouth (something that wasn’t done in her first surgery), and then doing his best to make the lip look even more “ideal.”  Her lip line currently is a little higher on the cleft side than it should be, and he will be lowering it to a normal height so her lip is more semetrical.  Thankfully, her nose is great so Dr. Tse will not being involving it in the surgery.

They did a really great job repairing Liliana's cleft lip in China, as you can see here. There is a bulge on her left upper lip though - where the muscle is gathered. The doctor will reconnect the muscle and that bulge will dissapear.

2-Lingual Frenotomy.  Liliana is tongue tied (meaning her tongue is bound too tightly) and Dr. Tse will be cutting the tissue under her tongue to loosen it.  This is minor and will likely help her with speech.

When Liliana sticks out her tongue, it becomes heart shaped because the frenulum isn't allowing it enough freedom.

3-Trigger Thumb Repair.  I can’t find the medical term for this :).  Liliana’s right thumb is a ‘trigger thumb’ meaning that there is a nodule in her tendon that is catching on a “pulley” and not allowing her to straighten her thumb.  Dr. Tse will make a small incision at the base of her thumb on the palm side of her hand and snip that pulley.  There are 3 pulleys in every thumb, so she will be fine having 2 that work and her thumb should be normal after this procedure.

Two thumbs up! Well, almost. You can see her trigger thumb on the left here. That is as far as it straightens.

Liliana’s first surgery was performed in China when she was 7 months old.  Even though she was very young, she obviously has some residual fears.  Last month when Keith and I merely walked into a sterile white room at her dentist’s, she freaked. She cried so hard that she puked within a few minutes.  She also starts crying when doctors put on masks and gloves.  Please pray for peace to fill her before and after her surgery.

Pray for the doctors hands – for wisdom for him and a very successful surgery.  Pray that Liliana’s lip revision would be beautiful and the scaring minimal.  Pray for Keith and I to be the support that she needs, and for peace to fill our hearts as well.  This is our first surgery as parents, and we all know what kind of fears there are when your baby needs medical help.  And, pray for Koen while he’s with Grammi as I know he will be concerned for his sister.

We will try to update you here after the surgery tomorrow.  We’ll be staying in the hospital overnight and plan to come home on Saturday if all goes well.

Thanks so much!

About kelly_e

We live in WA state and have been traveling the road of adoption since 2/07. We have a biological son who is a joy and look forward to bringing home his sister soon.
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7 Responses to Surgery Tomorrow

  1. Bethany says:

    I’ll be praying. Thanks for the updates!

  2. Barbara Kline says:

    We are all praying for you and especially for LiLi. Glad the surgery is early in the day (but not too early). Everyone we worked with at Children’s was wonderful. They were very accomodating about Maddie needing special care due to her adoption (separation issues) and earlier hospital experiences (perhaps on the traumatic side). We are praying that you get special people who help make the whole experience less scary. Please call anytime if we can help or you need a meal – anything.

  3. Sandy says:

    Keeping Liliana and all your family in our prayers.

  4. Misty says:

    Molly has those same issues with MD’s. We call it “the white coat syndrome”.

    We will be praying for Lili (and her Mommy and Daddy) here in Tennessee. I wish we could be there to hang out and tell China stories while you wait. Know we will be thinking of all of you tomorrow. Please PLEASE keep us updated as you can.

    XOXO from your southern friends,

  5. Jennifer Pratt says:

    We will be praying!

  6. Tonya says:

    Sending prayers your way! May you feel God’s love during this time!
    Take care,
    Tonya & Janie

  7. Stacey says:

    I’m sending thoughts and prayers your way.

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