So, here we are. It's not pretty. A little graphic. The most invasive and involved procedure he's had thus far.
Here it is...his Illizerov external fixator.
He'll have this one on the left leg for 3 months, with us returning to Philly every 2 weeks for check ups and adjustments. See that knob thingy on the "sail", right between the bronze looking rod and the long screw rod? That is what we turn every day to slowly straighten his knee. Yes, the pins really do go into his leg. Yes, they hurt. No, you can't stare at them and ask Cameron if they hurt. No, you can't look disturbed as you look at them. He can see you looking disturbed. It makes him self conscious and upset.
Enough about that.
Now, in 3 months, he'll have surgery again and the doctor will take this fixator off, put a cast on this leg, and put a fixator on the right leg. The cast stays on for a month, but the fixator will stay on for 3 months. Repeat steps above. Then he'll go into surgery again and will have the fixator removed from the right leg, a cast put on and wait a month. During that time, new KAFO's (long leg braces) will be made and he will go through intense physical therapy to re-learn how to walk. Ain't no thing. He was walking with bent knees before. He'll be walking again!
And presenting....Iron Man!