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19 Year Old College Athlete-Hip fixed-Ganz Osteotomy

Date: 18 Jan 2001
Time: 22:55:03
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I am a 19 year old division 1 college wrestler who was diagnosed with Legg-Perthes in my right hip at age 3. I was in a non-weight bearing brace for several months, and a abductor brace for 2 years following. We were then told that it was as good as it would get. I went on to be very involved in athletics, as well as find great success (all things are possible). In my freshman season of college wrestling I began having a deal of pain in my right hip. I saw a very well known doctor who was very passive about my problem, prescribed anti-inflam. meds and sent me on my way. I then had a knee injury that put me out the rest of the season. In pre-season this year, I had very much the same pain, and saw a different doctor about it, and he diagnosed me with acetabular displasia though he didnt understand the degree of pain I was experiencing. I was then sent to an orthopaedic specialist in Pittsburgh Dr. Jan Grudziak who looked at my x-rays and immediately gave my options to give up wrestling, deal with the pain, and be looking at THP in 10 years, or undergo a massive surgery Ganz Osteotomy. In two days I had made my decision, and underwent the surgery one week later. I am now 5 1/2 weeks post-op, and I feel great! The moral of my story...see a specialist, don't give up, and don't be affraid of a surgery that could very well take away your pain, ultimately letting you lead a happier life. Comments are welcome.

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