I can just give you my experience. I did Precice 2 Femur. The first 4 weeks were bad . It was a testing time and I was expecting it. You sure your doc was telling you about Precice femur ?
I am here on this forum cause I read all the diaries and they helped me. There was no way the doctor could have told me all the things that I learnt from this forum, in 2 - 3 meetings. I made it through the worst part of LL (and my journey is still not over mind you, so you never know) and this forum helped me for sure. So ask any questions, I am here for you guys and gals and not sure for how long.
Yes, here is an email reply to me from Dr. M's office, which paints a much lighter process than what I've seen here:
"Thank you for contacting us regarding Height Lengthening.
Currently, the only financing available is through Care Credit with the ability to finance the procedure being completely dependent upon your credit rating. You will be able to return to work, at a desk job, 2-3 weeks after surgery. Below is some general information
The limb lengthening procedure is considered cosmetic and may not be covered by your insurance. But having insurance would be beneficial to cover the costs of physical therapy, medications and any additional problems/complications that may come up during your treatment.
The most up-to-date procedure uses an intramedullary rod and is called the PRECICE technique. Most candidates are able to increase their height up to 8 cm with one lengthening procedure (usually femurs) without it being an issue. Additional lengthening of the tibias can be performed to increase height further. And, although age is always a consideration, the main concerns regarding candidacy is the health of your bones meaning that you don't have bone disease or infections. It is not recommended to perform lengthening on the femurs and tibias simultaneously due to higher complication rates including fat embolism, joint contracture and nerve damage.
The first step in the process is to determine if the Limb Lengthening procedure is right for you. To do this you will need to set up a consultation so that you can be properly evaluated. During the consultation Dr. M will examine you and take x-rays of your legs. At that time you will be given all the necessary information including costs, duration and treatment options. You will be able to perform the distraction in the comfort of your own home. You will also not be completely wheelchair bound and will be able to stand and take a few steps for transfers. The recovery time is from 3-4 months before you can walk without any assistance and 6-8 months for competitive sports.
It is recommended that you remain in the United States for the entire lengthening process. If that is not possible, than a minimum of 2-3 weeks are necessary to make sure all went well with the procedure and that the lengthening phase begins well.
Please call 818. 322. 0126 to set up an appointment"
This sounds easier than how you guys have been describing the process. Working in 2 weeks?