Abby Wheatley

Hello my name is Abby.

On the 20th of July 2018 I was told the heart-breaking news I had Hips Dysplasia and needed another operation. This was one of many procedures i have had to undergo to try to rectify my hips. When i was told the diagnosis i was relieved as i finally knew what was causing me so much pain but also very devastated that this was my life now. There were days where i really struggled to even walk due to the amount of pain i was in. This made me feel very down and i was always in tears.

I was told to go away and have a think about this operation but I was informed this operation was a last resort for me as all the other alternatives had been exhausted. I was about to undergo a surgery that is very rare as only a handful of surgeons in Europe can perform this. The surgery is called the Peri-acetabular Osteotomy and this is only performed several times a year.

On the 14th January 2019 i was going into hospital to have the operation done to hopefully give me some relief from my hip pain. I was so scared that is was going to fail again but i had to put my trust in my surgeon. i cannot fault the hospital in anyway as they were amazing and so supportive as i have always experienced there. When i came to in recovery i was quite poorly and very tearful as i knew this was going to be a very long and challenging recovery.

Day by day step by step i am making good progress although its very slow. I am still having to use my crutches to help me walk and also using a wheelchair when i go out on a long day. I hate the fact i have to use this it as i hate people staring and judging. I have a long way to go still of this journey but i keep going because of the love and support from my family and friends. Also i have a blog that i am doing everyday which gives me something to work on whilst recovering and hopefully it will help others going through this. You can visit my blog here: click here.

Thank you for taking the time to read my brief story. i hope i can help many people.




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  1. Rhonda says:

    Bless your heart Abby and your great attitude! It will take you far. I got on your Instagram blog and checked out your gymnast photos–incredible. I can only imagine how hard it is to be working through the recovery from a PAO now. Day by day it will get better. Sending you healing energy and a hug.

    I also have bilateral hip dysplasia that I didn’t know about until I was 51. I had both my hips replaced within the next year and now, a year later, I am back to my old self. It is truly a miracle what they can do to repair us, but sometimes it takes awhile. Keep the faith.

  2. abbywheatley1994@gmail.com says:

    Aw thank you wo much for your kind words. I do try and stay positive. I’m enjoying doing the blog as it gives me something to work on and hopefully it will help others. I wanted to put on there about my gymnastics as it was my life before this so it gives people a good in sight to how much of an impact it has had. It is slowly getting better and the physio is getting harder but I think it’s getting stronger so its definitely going in the correct direction. Ah that’s so late to be diagnosed I thought being diagnosed at 23 was late. I wish I had my hips replaced but they wont do it yet. Ahh that’s so good to know as I have that too look forward to when I’m 40 I just hope and pray my hips hold out until then. It really is and the NHS have been amazing I cant thank them enough and even with my spine. Reading lovely messages that I have received on here and on my Instagram it keeps me going. Thank you so much for your message and i wish you all the best.

  3. Heidi says:

    Hi. I had a conversation with the Dr that will be doing my hip replacements. She told me that people like “us” are often quite limber and flexible! She said Mary Lou Retton was an amazing gymnast, and had to have her hip(s) replaced at age 30!

  4. abbywheatley1994@gmail.com says:

    Hey and oh really? Yeah when I was a gymnast I was so flexible and nothing used to hurt me no matter how much they pushed me. It all makes sense now since being diagnosed. Ahh I wish I had mine replaced I think it would have been easier. Good luck with your surgery :) look forward to seeing your story on here :).

  5. Traci Grimaudo says:

    Thank you Abby for your story. You have great strength and courage and are very helpful to those of us who are contemplating having the surgery. I also have hip dysplasia and wasn’t diagnosed until I was 40. I played off the pain for a few years thinking it was an “age problem”. I was wrong. It’s hard not to be able to do the things you like to do. I would love to follow your blog. I’m so nervous about it and would love to hear about your journey.

  6. Abby says:

    Ahh thank you so much that means a lot, I have tried to offer as much support as I can as I know how hard the process is. Ahh really? Bless you have they offered you surgery? I was diagnosed at 23 years old :( but theres lots of things in my past that contributed to this as I was a gymnast and was so flexible. The surgeons cant believe no one picked it up earlier. Ahh it’s horrible I waited over a year for the operation because I was so scared but it got to a point where there was no choice but to have it done :(. I’m glad I’ve had it done but it’s such a long road, I’m still going through it and I’m still on crutches :(. My blog is on instagram and there is a link on my story. I would love for you to follow me as I’ve had so much support from people who are going through the same and have met some amazing people on there. Its helped me massively as ive had something to concentrate on other then the recovering :). Hope to hear from you soon and I’m always here for a chat or any questions you want to ask :)

  7. Jane says:

    Hi Guys,, I have just bee diagnosed with hip dysplacia at the age of 60. I have ony had the on hip xrayed so no idea about the other hip but I have pain in both. This was found by a rhuematologist who asked for the xray as was looking for rhuematic markers.. But now I have been discharged and no follow up appointments as no rhuematics found.. I dont know where to go next as I feel like I have just been left to struggle.. I am in tears here writing this. I am struggling so much in work now (I am a carer in a mental health setting) but am worried about having to give up working due to this as I am the main breadwinner at home as my hubby has agoraphobia so does not work at all. Thanks goodness I have a car is all I can say. If I was an an animal I would have been put to sleep by now I am sure.. sorry about the rant, but really dont know where to turn just now.. GP just keeps giving me more and more painkillers which I cannot take most of the time as in work or driving to and from work.. what an absolute mess I am in.

  8. Abby says:

    Hi Jane!

    I’m so sorry to hear about your struggles and diagnosis! I can’t believe they had discharged you without even considering referring you to a hip consultant for some more investigations. This is so hard to hear I really feel for you and wish there was something I could do for you. I would say go back to your GP and demand they refer you to a consultant and hopefully get the ball rolling that way. If they try to phob you off with more medication just say no ofbyou don’t want to take them but honestly something needs to be done as you can’t live like this! I really hope you get the answers you need and you can always message me on here! I’m always here to help!. Having a diagnosis is so hard so late I was only given mine about 4 years back and my latest surgery has unfortunately failed and I’m waiting for a hip replacement so. I hope you get sorted sooner rather then later! If there is anything I can do for you please don’t hesitate to ask

  9. abbywheatley1994@gmail.com says:

    Hi Jane!

    I’m so sorry to hear about your struggles and diagnosis! I can’t believe they had discharged you without even considering referring you to a hip consultant for some more investigations. This is so hard to hear I really feel for you and wish there was something I could do for you. I would say go back to your GP and demand they refer you to a consultant and hopefully get the ball rolling that way. If they try to phob you off with more medication just say no ofbyou don’t want to take them but honestly something needs to be done as you can’t live like this! I really hope you get the answers you need and you can always message me on here! I’m always here to help!. Having a diagnosis is so hard so late I was only given mine about 4 years back and my latest surgery has unfortunately failed and I’m waiting for a hip replacement so. I hope you get sorted sooner rather then later! If there is anything I can do for you please don’t hesitate to ask

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