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Date: 22 Jun 2000
Remote Name: 188.8.131.52
My daughter, age 21, has a similar history to yours. She was treated at age 15 months, began having problems again at age 13, then the osteotomy at age 17 through Shriners Hospital in S.F. The surgery was "successful" according to the doctors and, she was much better following surgery, although a little stiff.
Now, at age 21, she is experiencing significant pain again. X-rays reveal deteriorating cartilege. So were back to square one. They don't recommend hip replacement on someone so young. I am currently researching other options. Apparently, there is a company, Bionet, that has just received FDA approval for a product geared to younger, more active people. Check out Bionet.com if you want more info.
Gina takes Motrin daily for pain. The doctor recommends using a crutch and living with it for as long as possible. She also takes Glucosamine Chlondroitin which has helped a little.
Good luck to you. Let us know how you're doing.