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For parents, having a first child can be both a thrilling and frightening experience. Just ask Dr. Fernando Burstein’s patient Alexis. At 20 weeks Alexis was placed on bed rest for a hi-risk pregnancy and due to complications during labor, gave birth to her son Ilan by cesarean section at 38 weeks. Within the first days of Ilan’s arrival, Alexis noticed that his head seemed contorted to one side but was assured that any trauma to his head during delivery would sort itself out over time. It wasn’t until a follow-up pediatrician-specialist appointment that Ilan’s neck and spine irregularities were acknowledged, confirming Alexis’s suspicions.
At eight weeks old, Ilan began weekly physical therapy as preventative treatment before a surgical route would be considered; but by 15 months, Alexis wasn’t seeing much progress in Ilan’s tilt or balance despite physical therapy treatment. At the recommendation of a Florida specialist, Ilan was given his first Botox® treatment to help relax the muscle in his neck. The Botox® offered only temporary relief for Ilan and would need to be repeated to offer consistent, yet still temporary, results. As much as Ilan’s parents wanted to avoid surgery, she didn’t want Ilan to just have a temporary fix but experience a happy, energetic childhood. Living in Florida, there were few specialists for Alexis and her husband to entrust caring for Ilan and after a recommendation and extensive research, led them to choose Dr. Burstein.
“A second pediatrician we consulted confirmed that Ilan was indeed a good candidate for torticollis surgery and recommended I consult with Dr. Burstein who had performed a similar procedure for the physician’s child years ago,” recalls Alexis. “I read about Dr. Burstein online through blogs and social media. I felt that even though he was out of state, this was the route we needed to go because he performed the least invasive procedure and had impressive results.”
It wasn’t until two days before surgery at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta that Ilan and his family met Dr. Burstein, as much of their communication prior had been through phone conferences and email. “Overall it was an amazing experience and I would highly recommend Dr. Burstein,” added Alexis. “As a parent you have to be your child’s advocate by pushing to know answers and it’s never too early to pursue aggressive treatment. There isn’t a surgeon around like Dr. Burstein – one who cares about his patients – and it was the simple things, like giving updates throughout Ilan’s surgery, that made a world of difference for helping make us comfortable as parents.”
Since having endoscopic torticollis release surgery in January 2014, just three weeks shy of his second birthday, Ilan is recovering extraordinarily well. According to Alexis, before his surgery, Ilan would have never attempted to climb on a playground due to his limited mobility. Since his surgery, Ilan now finds great enjoyment at the playground and is a constant inspiration for Alexis, who admits to watching in awe as she witnesses Ilan’s many improvements. Not only is Ilan close to being released from physical therapy but he is enjoying life as an energetic two year old with each new day.
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