It all started 6 years ago, years of discomfort, pain and limited mobility. The more active I became, the more the pain increased. After years of physical therapy and doctors, I had finally had enough. I decided to see a surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery located in New York. After many exams, including Cat scan’s, MRI’s and x-ray’s, I was informed about my condition. I was diagnosed with Hip Dysplasia.


For the first time in my life I finally had an answer about what was ailing me. Hip dysplasia was a condition I never heard of before. As I researched about it, I came across the International Hip Dysplasia Institute’s website. I learned so much about this condition and what the procedure would entail to help my condition. I was relieved to know, but of course, nervous at the same time.

I am 29 years old and I have had 7 surgeries in total including hip surgery last year. Four of those surgeries were hernia operations. It seems that because my hips were not working properly, my core (abdomen) was taking the blunt of it. My core was compensating and straining which led me to have multiple surgeries. I was informed that if my hip issue was discovered when I was younger, I would more than likely not have had the surgeries I that I did.


On July 29, 2015, I had a FO (Femoral Osteotomy) on my right hip. I was on crutches for 5 months in total and I am still doing Physical Therapy, 6 months post surgery. I am getting stronger each day and know that pain does not last forever. On February 23, 2016 I will be having a second procedure to remove the screws from my hip.

As I sit back and think that I will need the left hip done, EVENTUALLY, I am more knowledgeable about my condition and what to expect now. It was very helpful to educate myself about this condition. I am so thankful for the International Hip Dysplasia Institute for dedicating the time to help all of us through this journey. It is also wonderful that they are educating and researching ways to prevent this from happening to others.

To all of my hippies (people with hip conditions) out there, you are not alone! Thank you again to the International Hip Dysplasia Institute for making our conditions relevant and helping us through the fight. :)

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  1. Nadine says:

    Hey Kristen,
    I have also got hip dysplasia in both my right and left hips… I had an FO on my right hip 3 years ago now and but had the screws taken out too early and as a result the bones have not knitted back together like they should have.. im now waiting an appointment in London and have been for about a year now.. going to need a bone graft on my right hip and another FO on my left hip.. hoping to get it sorted asap..

    Hope everything goes well for you after you get the screws removed..

    Much love
    Fellow hippy x x

  2. Claire Nicholls says:

    My name is Claire I’m from the UK. Reading your story is like reading my own. I’m so glad you eventually got the answer you needed and your now on the road to recovery. I had a hip replacement in 2013 which was a great success but now I’m needing the other hip to be replaced fortunately this time I’m going straight to the only Hospital that knew what was wrong after 4 years of misdiagnosis. This website has also helped me a lot to know I’m not alone.

    • Kristin H says:

      I feel the same way, I am so happy to be able to go straight to the hospital that figured it out. Will be getting the left hip done eventually. Good luck!!

  3. Sam says:

    I’m also in the uk, a lot more information available in US than here, I have had since birth but only diagnosed 12 years ago. Won’t do a THR until I’m 50. I’m 44. My X-Ray is horrible to see I’m in constant pain and mobility severely restricted, nice to know we are not alone.

  4. Elah kemboi says:

    my name is Elah from Kenya iam going through this pain.just recently i was informed that iam suffering from hip dysplasia.My question is..Must i go for a sugery for me to get better?

  5. Kristin H says:

    We are not alone!! Good luck with everything :)

    • Kristin H says:

      More than likely surgery is the only option. If physical therapy does not help then surgery is the next option. Unfortunately for most of us, we have had surgery. Good luck:)

  6. Nancy O says:

    Greetings to all! Im a bilateral congenital hip dysplasia patient with a utterly painful 12 year misdiagnosis begins @ age 33. Told I just needing to lose weight via diet pills and exercise. I was on a daily regimine of every prescription NSAID available and still in horrible pain. Its a miracle I have a stomach lining left HA! Maxed out PT visits etc. I literally could no longer walk, sit, sleep, work, or take care of my husband & 2 young boys. I demanded to see an Orthopedic Dr. I cried as I viewed my X-rays!! My left hip was ready to snap as it was necrotic & severely deteriorated & the right hip was almost as bad. My O.S. did THR L 2002 & THR R 2003. This awesome O.S. saved my life! God Bless all who suffer & all the dedicated Orthopedic Surgeons out there.

  7. lisa says:

    were in the U.S., daughter had PAO last april, left with nerve discomfort, and possible pain from screws, complains of a deep constant ache. surgeon is apprehensive of taking screws out, causing more nerve trauma. Has anyone any advise? How did they remove screws, is that the usual procedure in England to take them out???

  8. lisa says:

    Kristin you can email me at
    for some answers for my daughter, hope you have time

  9. Maranda says:

    Hey! I just found out that i have to have this surgery done, and i don’t even know where to begin with questions! Do you think you could give a detailed description of the process of the surgery and recovery. Have you felt it was actually worth getting done? I’m a very active person. hike and rock climb a lot. I’m worried i won’t be able to fully go back to that 100%

    • Kristin H says:

      Hi Maranda, this website actually provides videos of the procedure itself. It helped me to watch it to get a better understanding. It was definitely worth getting done! I am still going to physical therapy, which is going on a year now but I am doing so much better. I will need the left hip done as well, but I don’t regret it one bit. It will be a long journey, as it was difficult for me being an active person and having to refrain from being active for 6 weeks. You definitely have to plan to be out of work for a while and everyone’s recovery is different. Plan to purchase a toilet riser, a shower chair and crutches. Unfortunately, not all of these things are covered by insurance. Overall, I am ready for my next side to get done so I can live a normal life. I will be 30 years old and want to be pain free finally!!! Good luck!

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