My name is lisa, I am a 30 year old veterinary nurse and I have two beautiful children, Jacob 18 months and Evie 5 years old.


I would like to start by giving you a quick insight into my journey with Hip dysplasia and my PAO surgery with Mr Marcus Bankes on the 14/01/2014

As a child I suffered with pain in my left hip, which did not improve with physiotherapy. I was eventually diagnosed with over tight tendons as I was also pigeon toed. At around 11 years old I underwent a psoas tendon release on my left hip followed by a tensor facalata release at age 15. Eventually with months of rehabilitation I learnt to walk again without the aid of crutches. Although I wasn’t pain free I was now mobile enough to pursue a career in veterinary nursing.

Over the years I suffered with a lot of pain in my left hip but I put this down to the previous surgeries.
In June 2013 I started to suffer with severe back pain and right groin pain, to the point I could hardly get out of bed in the morning and looking after my children was becoming difficult. I was referred to a spinal surgeon who requested x-rays of my pelvis and spine. He advised me I had very uncovered hips bilaterally (both sides) and that to compensate for this I also had a lordosis of my spine (inward curvature of the spine) which was putting pressure on
my facet joints. He treated my facet joints with steroid injections but advised me that he
couldn’t do anything more to help me until I had my hips treated.
In November 2013 following evaluation by a hip surgeon and diagnosis of bilateral hip
dysplasia. I was referred to see Mr Marcus Bankes as he felt I was an excellent candidate for
PAO surgery (Periacetabular osteotomy).




On the 22/11/13 I went to London to be evaluated by Mr Marcus Bankes, a leading PAO surgeon. Following MRI and CT scanning he confirmed the diagnosis of bilateral hip dysplasia but also diagnosed a right labral tear and hypo mobility with a score of 6. He felt this was why the pain in my right hip had significantly increased and my walking distance was now down to 15mins with severe pain. He advised that I was an excellent candidate for bilateral PAO surgery but advised me of the possible complications, so I could have all the information before making a decision. I decided to go ahead with the surgery and we booked for the right hip to be done on the 14/1/14.

Being an active mum with two young children I was extremely worried about how I was going to cope and I had been advised that I would require 6 weeks of constant support. I was lucky enough to have a very supportive husband and family and although my husband and I had separated a couple of months earlier he said he could take alternate weeks off to look after the children and I, if my mum could helping out on the other weeks. I also had some friends who were able to help out with school runs if we needed them too.

My plan over the following weeks before surgery was to lose some weight, although I wasn’t very over weight I felt It would be better for my health and recovery if I did. I also ordered a wheel chair and practiced with some crutches as I knew I wouldn’t be allowed to leave hospital until I could go up and down stairs safely. I started to take a multi vitamin containing iron and ate iron rich food such as broccoli and red meat, on the advice of my surgeon. This was because one of the complications with PAO surgery can be heavy bleeding and if I could build up my iron reserves, hopefully I wouldn’t require a blood transfusion post operatively.

I am now 4 weeks post pao and I have set up a face book page called My PAO Journey. The aim of my page is to give an insight into my recovery from pao surgery. I hope this will help and support other people trying to decide if surgery is right for them.
I am also trying to raise awareness of DDH. I feel that raising awareness of this condition and educating people on correct swaddling of babies, is vital in preventing years of unnecessary pain and surgeries that could easily be avoided. For people suffering with DDH due to hereditary conditions or for no known cause, it is very important that they realize that they are not alone and can talk to other people who have undergone major surgery, in the pursuit of a more active pain free life.

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  1. Kerry lambert says:

    Lisa you are an inspiration. Keep fighting, as you always do. We are all here for you xxx

  2. Jodie says:

    Wow reading this is just like me. I too am 30 with 2 young children. Had problems with my hips and back since I was a child. Always and still am pigeon toed. About 8 years ago I was seen in hospital finally about my problems and after scans etc they said there was nothing they could do. I believed them so left it at that. Now I have moved to a new area and due to my job I am suffering badly every week so been yet again been referred to hospital but thankfully they have listened to how I am suffering etc. seeing my specialist on Friday and they have mentioned about an operation. There is finally light at the end of the tunnel and I am so happy something is being done. Thank you so much for sharing your story, you are an inspiration. I wish you a speedy recovery :)

  3. translate spanish into english language says:

    Heleni, could you please give us the Greek version of this ditty?

  4. ashley says:

    What was the hardest part of recovery

  5. Len says:

    How did you recover from your pao. How long did your surgical pain last. I am now 11 months post left hip pao and am still in a lot of pain. I can only do so much in pt because of pain and inflammation. My hips are so inflamed and I’ve been icing, resting and taking my anti inflammatories but none seem to be helping.

  6. Davidinphx says:

    How’s is the pain

  7. Nadia cole says:

    Hi Lisa or anyone else that has been through PAP surgery! Wondering if anyone still has issues 2 years post surgery and if so what they are!!? I’m a personal trainer and so very active and I’m having some issues but unsure if they are normal and no physios seem to be able to tell me as I’m guessing the surgery isn’t that common?

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