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Date: 27 Feb 2001
Remote Name: 188.8.131.52
I was born with developmental dysplasia of the hip which was discovered very early. Surgery was cancelled because of good muscular development which was holding the joint together. I had a half body cast and a saddle cast prior to this discovery. I have always had the "waddle" but never any pain or problems until recently. I am now 38 and my hip just started bothering me in November but it happened like gangbusters. The diagnosis is osteoarthritis. I have to use a cane to walk and take Vioxx(it doesn't work). My doctor thinks I am too young for a hip replacement and is recommending arthroscopic surgery for debredement, which I think is cleaning up the cartilage and bone surface. He says that this should delay the need for hip replacement for a while. Has anybody been through this? Does it work?