Hip Preservation Surgery
Peri-acetabular osteotomy surgery has made extraordinary impacts on my life. The decision to add this section arose as I realized how BIG of an impact this has been in my own little world and now to so many others introduced along my journey. I hope to answer some common questions asked of me about hip dysplasia, treatments available, and how to navigate what’s the right path for you.
Hands down the top 3 questions about hip dysplasia: Isn’t that what brings down so many dogs? Wait, so this happens to humans? Aren’t your too young for bad hips?
My answer to all of those: Yes. Yes. Yes. Ha! I worry about watching George (my gorgeous hound-lab dog) go through the chronic pain that developmental hip dysplasia brings. It makes me vehclempt. Seriously, I’m human and both of my beautiful, flexible, strong hips crapped out on me at too early an age. So to enlighten curious souls, I’m providing some of my personal experience and how to educate yourself if you or someone you know is in the midst of wonky hips. And by the advice of my beautiful Mom, stay away from a storied minty cookie little girls sell. She has declared there must have been hormone disruption of her massive consumption of those minty treats during my fetal days that lead to my hyper mobile body. Now that’s just one lady’s theory, but after completing a graduate degree in nutrition, I’m thinking she may not be too far off.
In general terms dysplasia just means abnormal growth. In my #hip case, the hip joint, specifically the cup, grew a bit shallow for optimal pain free movement. This shallow cup (acetabulum) becomes more of a plate shape. The joint then creates a state of chronic pain from the inflammation aftermath. For me deep bone pain in all leg bones, even down to the foot, bursitis, gait changes, and frustration topped the list of issues hip dysplasia brought. Personally, my deep desire to move & play is forced to rest. Expectations of what can physically be accomplish each day modified. My pride in natural medicine simmered with more adequate pain relief from pharmaceuticals until a surgical fix and the rehab accomplished. The ability to work long shifts in surgery diminished, road trips for adventures halted, and the list goes on…but pain free days lie ahead!
For the second time, I’m undergoing a #PAO surgery and this time I’m not only trying to be in good physical condition but also an improved nutritional state. My current health power stems from eating a plant heavy Paleo template diet and living a mindful lifestyle to support it. This way of eating and living is supporting my cells to be functioning at it’s best which will be of particular importance when going under the knife! If you or someone you know needs nutritional help help while they prepare for an important surgery please contact me for a consult. Let’s be well and stay well together.
I regularly read PubMed to look up current and past research on my own interests and hot topics in the health media world. It’s an excellent resource for what is being published in research on many topics, including hip dysplasia treatments. I recommend getting multiple orthopedic specialist to review your initial X-ray upon diagnosis (or lack of). If you are suffering with chronic hip pain, there are many options out there and getting the best advice out there can be a challenge. Lucky for me, I have had many resources through out this journey, free X-ray reads & advice of treatments from many surgeons I’ve worked with, and had the ability to seek out multiple opinions across the country. Lucky for you, I’m happy to share my experience with navigating your own decisions on what’s best for your own goals in life and health. Email me for more personal information and opinions as a free consult.
Dr. John Clohisy of Washington University practicing at Barnes Hospital in St.Louis, MO is my top choice for all matters of the hip, particularly for preservation. The expertise in technique and research efforts he leads are world class. The team that supports him are the best one can ask for while going through major surgery. I highly recommend Dr. Clohisy for the treatment of hip pain and applaud his skills as a surgeon and physician. Check out his webpage for more information.