Hello my name is Ethan Welton. I am 18 years old and was diagnosed with hip dysplasia when I was 16 years old.



As a kid I played sports every single day with no pain what so ever. I had no signs or symptoms of hip dysplasia until my 7th grade school year. I started walking with a small limp. As time went by my limp got bigger and more noticeable. No sooner then that the pain came. It was bearable for about a year or so. After that I could only walk about 100 yards without having to rest my right leg. It felt like bone on bone sharp pain at times and others it just felt like my hip socket was very stiff.

I went to my regular family doctor and he said it was growing pains and that I would eventually grow out of it. I persisted to my parents it was something more and they decided to take me to a specialist at Riley Children’s Hospital. I was diagnosed there with hip dysplasia but it was determined that I was fully grown and couldn’t have the surgery there. They had to send me to IU Methodist Hospital. Once I was there I had more x-rays. This time it got a little more serious. I had a severe case in my right hip and a minor case in my left. We had to do the surgery as soon as possible and the closest date was a week later 3 days after my 17th birthday. This devastated me one day I had no idea what hip dysplasia even was and the next I was having surgery for it.

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The surgery was successful I just had to spend 3 months in a wheel chair. This moment in my life changed me. Since that day I have committed myself to helping people. I am currently going to college to become a surgical nurse. One day I plan to assist in hip dysplasia surgeries, and spread awareness.
Thank you for reading my story and please comment if there is anything my story can do to help you.
-Ethan Welton

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  1. Angie says:

    Hi Ethan! Thank you for sharing your story. I just had my 3rd hip arthroscopy for a capsule repair, CAM impingement, femoroplasty, and labral graft reinforcement. My doctor told me at my 5 day post op appointment that I do have mild dysplasia with severe instability. He’s hoping that this surgery is my last surgery for a while, but it will not be my last surgery ever. I hope that you’re doing well and if you have any good words of encouragement, I could definitely use them.

    • Ethan W says:

      Angie just the summary of your past procedures is amazing. You truly are a fighter and that’s exactly what it takes to overcome these types of things. I always told myself that God made me this way because he knew I could overcome. I tell myself he let this happen to me because he knew I would use my experience to help others. i also tell myself everything happens for a reason. I am who I am because of my surgery. It makes me different then other people and I love it. it has mentally and physically made me stronger. I really hope that your surgery goes well and you recover to your fullest. I hope this can give you more courage to face this bump in the road. If there is anything you have questions about, anything at all you can email me at
      Thanks for sharing your own experiences as well!
      – Ethan W

  2. Linda Bleck says:

    Ethan I am glad you listened to your body and pressed to get the correct answers. Yes these things do change you, but I think you are more fortunate than some of your peers you have found your calling. You would be an excellent surgical nurse. Good luck in your pursuits and continue getting stronger every day. Yes please spread the awareness because even in the orthopedic surgical world the pain and muscular dysfunction is misunderstand too many times! Perhaps my situation could have been less damaging had we had more awareness when I was young. Bless you you!

  3. Becky Bland says:

    I am so very proud of you Ethan! Thanks for sharing your story in such a public forum! :)

    • Ethan W says:

      Thank you, and it’s just the beginning you will have to keep checking on the site I plan on going as big as I can with this!

  4. Ethan Welton says:

    Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my story. It means a lot knowing there are people out there like me. I did this not knowing how it would turn out and it makes me very happy knowing some have took the time to read. This is the first step im taking to spread awareness. As for Angie one thing I told myself was “everything happens for a reason”, even at our worst times know it didn’t happen for nothing. Another thing I told myself was God made me this way because he knew that I had the strength to overcome, as do you Angie. Each day you have to wake up pushing yourself to be stronger, you have to thrive to be that person who overcame whatever tried to bring you down. Everyone thanks again for reading and comment me more questions I’ll be happy to answer. This is only 1 of many steps I’m taking and my fight against Hip Dysplasia is far from over.

  5. Ethan W says:

    Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my story. I did this not knowing how it would work. It is good knowing that it’s going the way I planned. Hip Dysplasia has made such an impact on my life I knew I had to do something. One of my many goals is to spread awareness in hopes one day things I do and say will help people like me. This is my first step in my goal, but my fight with hip dysplasia is far from over. Keep commenting and asking questions I am more then happy to answer! Thank all of you again

  6. Mojdeh says:

    Hi my daughtercjust today was diagnosed with hip dysphasia. Can you tell me after surgery if you have been able to walk.
    Thank you for sharing your story
    My daughter will turn 14 in January 4 of 2016

    • Ethan W says:

      Mojdeh I’m sorry to hear that your daughter was diagnosed with hip dysplasia. Please let her know that not many people can understand this pain but I do. I understand this type of pain is sometimes unbearable. About walking after my surgery. I was not able to walk for about 3 months. After I made my full recovery walkin has never been better. I can’t say you won’t have your bad days though. When it rains or gets cold I do have very minor pains or just a little uncomfortable, but nothing compared to before. It also I believe depends on the severity of her hip dysplasia. If there are any other questions you would like a second opinion on I am more then happy to help!

  7. Mojdeh says:

    Sorry for my misspelling
    Meant she was diagnosed with hip dysphasia

  8. Alia J says:

    Hi, Ethan. I’m 17, and a senior in high school. I’m getting my 1st PAO surgery for my hip dysplasia in less than 3 weeks. Any tips for surgery/recovery/navigating school during this time?

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