Ali Zak

Hi everyone! My name is Ali, I am 21 years old and senior year nursing student OU. I am so glad to have stumbled upon a page like this as I have struggled with hip problems since birth.

I was born with a left dislocated hip and bilateral congenital retroversion hip dysplasia that was overlooked until the age of 1 when I began to start walking. The journey ahead was along one including 6 hip surgeries from the age of 1-19 years.

I have gotten my labrum operated on twice in my left hip and once in my left hip due to tears from overcompensation. I received my first PAO on my left hip the summer after my junior year of high school (2013). The surgery was a major success with little to any pain in my left hip following.

Although my right hip was severely less dysplastic than my left I due believe that the reliance on my right hip during my healing periods caused the degeneration of my right. After my upcoming graduation in May I will be receiving my 7th hip operation and 2nd PAO on my right hip. Although it upsets me to go through something like this I couldn’t imagine not because it not only made me the person I am today, but also the nurse. My hip dysplasia drove me towards the nursing field, and I couldn’t imagine my life without it.




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  1. Nancy Zak says:

    Ali is my daughter. I could not be more proud of her. If I could take her place, I would in a heartbeat. She is one brave & courageous young lady. I am so proud of her. She is going to be one awesome nurse! Love you, my little girl!

  2. Amy says:

    Hey. My daughter is 18. She Has had pain in right hip for over a year. After being Misdiagnosed and had several bursa injections we got a second opinion. Following seeking second opinion and MRI discovered bilateral hip dysplasia. The left hip more displaced than the right. Because there was impingement and a torn labrum on the right with pain pain constantly they recommended repair of right first. The left hip although they said looks worse only hurts occasionally. She just recovered nicely from the arthroscopic repair of the labrum and repaired impingement. It was a very painful process for her and we are at week five now. Our question is if we should go ahead with PAO on the left hip or if we should wait. There was also a tear in the labrum on the left although small. We are five weeks from the repair on the right but she really wants to go to the collage she has been accepted to in august. Should we try to wait until after collage or until summer if the pain isn’t constant or bad now Or should we go ahead and do it now? If so how long should we wait between hip surgeries and if we have the PAO the beginning of June will she be ok to start college in August? Any suggestions or advice is appreciated.

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