Hey everyone, I’m a 23 years old girl from middle-east. I was an active child and faced no serious injury or pain in my childhood. But things changed in my 18 birthday, we went out hiking and as it was for me to always be ahead of the group I took my place, but as we were coming back I started to feel a severe pain in my right hip but I ignored it and went on. The day after that I was unable to go to school, I was in pre-university class so my mom thought it might be the stress of my final exams.

Anyway, we went to an orthopedist but he said it’s nothing and I was completely pain free after that for almost a year.
In the winter, the pain came back and we went to see some of top orthopedists in my country and they all agreed in me having hip dysplasia on both hips and needing PAO surgery! The shock and the grief for me was unbearable cause I’m the type of person who HATES to be in need of any help, and the idea of being on crutches for 3-4 months just sound like the world coming to an end to me! So I decided to forget all about it, and it worked 4 years for me, I continued to workout and dance and I was pain free and happy…

But things changed exactly last year, it was a snowy night, and I went out with my siblings for snow fighting…by the time I got back home I realized the pain is back! I had a week in pain again and I found out I should give up workout! Again I was mentally broken but this time I knew there’s no other choice but the surgery!! So I visited my doctor and planned my surgery for Aug 17th,the struggles and stress I faced before my surgery was HUGE, I overthinked about every detail, especially the fact that I will be in need of others help in the easiest yet most private chores!!

Anyway I did the surgery, they told me it took 7 hours, and my doctor said it was way harder than he thought it might be! I was on morphine for I guess 2 days and had no pain in my hip, but I felt nauseous and was unable to eat anything so they cut the morphine and started giving me pain killers instead. I was afraid to get rid of morphine because of the fear of pain, but it was nonsense as I felt no pain after the morphine too.
The only pain I had was in the venflon place on my wrist, it took me 2 days to make the nurses believe they should put it on my other hand and then I was finally relieved!! Though the mark is still on my wrist after 5 months!!

I was in hospital for a week and started to walk with a walker 2 days after the surgery (I only went to wc and back). The time in hospital was so boring especially because I couldn’t go to sleep just lying on my back! The days after getting back home was hard but I could feel that I got better day by day.
I’ve visited my doctor regularly after that, and the last time I saw him he said it seems like the surgery was a failure! He also said I should do the PAO surgery on my left hip this summer, and if I was still in pain on my right side he will do the hip replacement surgery for me… . I got sad when I heard it, but now I know the sadness and anxiety do no good to me so I just hope that things get better after my left hip surgery…

I wanted to know if there’s anyone here who had a hip replacement surgery and ask whether it worked well for them or not? Also feel free to contact me if you’re in the same situation and need someone to talk to! Thanks for reading my story. Wish you the best of luck in your own journey.

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  1. Chantel friedrich says:

    Hello Fay !
    I was diagnosed with hip dysplasia as a child . I do not have enough cartilage in my hip for an osteonomy so I had to do a full hip replacement on my right hip. This was two and a half weeks ago. It’s been a pretty easy recovery, I was walking two hours after my operation. I’m walking with little assistance now and can drive again! It’s a slow recovery process , but it is worth it ! My doctor said I wouldn’t need physical therapy due to how fast I was recovering. Everyday I get better and can do more , make sure you have an awesome support team to back you up! My husband and I got married less then a year ago , not exactly what we were hoping for the first year of marriage , but it has made us closer ! Good luck on your surgery !! After its all done with , you will feel stronger and better !

    • Fay F says:

      Thank you Chantel :) I had my 2nd surgery anout 4months ago, and it was way more easier and the result seems to be satisfying, my right hip is better too, I guess I’ll be fine ;) Hope you be fine too, not needing another surgery after some years :)

  2. Yasmin says:

    Hi Fay,
    I would like to talk to you about the hip dysplasia.
    I have it on both my legs can I talk to you about it and learn from you. And thank you for your story. I Ask Allah to heal you and give you the happiness in this world.

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