Bekkah

I’m Bekkah and I’m 21 from Scotland. From a fairly young age I’ve always walked with a swagger and sat with my legs in a ‘w’ position. No indicators at birth that anything may be wrong with my hips and that continued until I was 16. I was a very active young person, I Thai boxed at a competitive level, played football and danced as part of my theatre school, there is suggestion that the amount of avtivity I took part in helped to strengthen the muscles outside of my hip joint and keeping symptoms are bay. At around 15, I took time out of all extra curricular activities to study for prelims and exams and soon after would rather have spent Saturday nights with my friends than in the gym or studio. I fell away from everything.

A few months later and I start having severe discomfort and pain in my left hip, I stop taking part in PE, and dread my waitressing shifts due to pain. I start to fall down the stairs and experience a dislocating sensation. I go to see my GP who tells me it is growing pains and not to worry. I persevere with my hip for nearly another year with a few nasty ‘dislocating’ episodes and tumbles down the stairs. During my 6th year in high school I had one of these ‘dislocating’ episodes after losing my footing on a concrete stair well in school, my mum came and got me to take me to the hospital.

After several X-rays, the doctors couldn’t believe my mum when she explained I hadn’t had any previous issues with my hips as a baby. I was referred to a specialist and told that surgery may be the only option.

I was referred to the new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow where I met the fantastic surgeon that has seen me through tears and tantrums. He made a very basic explanation to me about what bilateral hip dysplasia was and how severely affected my hips were. He told me the pros and cons of surgery and sent me for a million X-rays. He then told my mum and I that he would have been apprehensive to do the surgery as my dysplasia was the worst he had seen.

June 2015 at 19 years old I went in to have my left hip corrected with a Gantz Osteomy, my surgeon snapped my hip in 4 different places and held it together with 4 screws. I came out of surgery 6 and a half hours later having had an epidural with a plethora of problems. My operated leg was mobile (it definitely should not have been) and my right leg was dead to the world.

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I had to remain in intensive care until my epidural could be removed. After being wheeled to the ward where needles to say I was the youngest patient by miles, my recovery soon began. It was a long and winding road, the bruising I had was horrific and the nerve damage I had post op, I never had any feeling return. I hated my crutches and how immobile and dependent I was on other people made me miserable and grouchy.

The race was on to be better and off both crutches for the new uni semester starting in September. 11 weeks of hydro and 9 of physio helped along the way.

Still have 4 screws in my left hip and going in for same procedure on my right in June 2017, but I’m wondering if the procedure helped. I still feel much discomfort in the left hip and due to using my right as a weight baring leg, it is much worse now than it ever was…

Bionic hips please!!




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  1. Hailee says:

    Hi Bekkah! My name is Hailee and I’m doing some research on hip dysplasia. I was wondering if I could ask you a few questions about your experience, thank you for your time.

  2. LesleyAnn says:

    Hi Bekkah, I am also from scotland and was diagnosed with congenital hip dysplasia in my left hip when I was 4 1/2 years old. I am now 33 and have had six surgeries throughout my life. The last surgery was a Total hip Replacement which I had in November 2016 at the Queen Elizabeth hospital.
    I know how difficult it can be to deal with a hip condition, especially at a young age because people wrongly think only older people have hip problems. I am still recovering from my last surgery and was doing some reserch online when I came across this site and read your story, I can relate to a lot of what you have been through and just wanted to wish you well for the future.

  3. Becky says:

    Hi Bekkah.

    I am 20 from England. I was born with bilateral hip dysplasia. I have had 5 femoral ostotomies and a shelf put in my left hip. I have 2 huge scars down the sides of my hips and two more from my hip bones to my groin. I have been suffering lots of pain recently and looks like I’m heading for double replacement sooner rather than later. Being only 20 all the doctors are very cautious. I am so excited I might get new hips and it’s so nice to see other young adults who also want ‘bionic hips’ that caught my eye as it is what my dad calls them.
    Wishing you all the best!

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