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Date: 07 Jan 2001
Remote Name: 22.214.171.124
I was diagnosed with congenital hip displaysia when I was 18 and had pretty bad arthritis by that time that only got worse as I got older. I also had a cyst and labral tear in my left hip that caused my hip to dislocate all the time and it was very painful and it really limited my ability to do much of anything. I eventually had a periacetabular osteotomy when I was 27 and I should have done it sooner, but didn't know they were an option until then. It totally took away the pain and I lead a normal life although I need to have the other hip done this March. I am now 32. You want to do the osteotomy before there is too much degeneration of the joint because there is a possiblity that it will be fixed permanently and you will never need to have a THR. I saw a surgeon at Children's Hospital in Boston who specializes in fixing people like us. This surgery was a total miracle in my life. It wasn't easy, but well worth it. I wish I had done it sooner.