Laura

I was a baby when I was diagnosed with DDH. I had surgery when I was one so I don’t really remember anything about it. My mom said that without that surgery I would be confined to a wheelchair my entire life and I would not be able to walk. Now I am almost 19 years old. I have to have a hip replacement surgery in the near future and it is very scary for me. When I was younger, the doctors were trying to put screws in my hip so that I would not need the hip replacement surgery. For some reason, the way that I was growing the screws would not help me.

I always remember having to go to the doctor and crying because I hated going to the doctor. But hey, I got pretty good at doing x-rays. I was always so upset because all my friends didn’t have to go to the doctor and get x-rays. It made me feel like there was something wrong with me. Of course, there was.

I distinctly remember crying in the waiting room one time when I was little with my mom. My mom had several miscarriages before she had me, and I still had something wrong with me. I remember crying saying that I wish I were never born (dramatic, I know, but I was young). All because I had to go to the doctor.

I still loathe going to the doctor, but I have to go less frequently now. It does get better. I don’t have any pain in my hip, I just know that it is out of place. My right leg is about 1-2 inches shorter than my left leg. I have a limp, but it doesn’t stop me from dancing!




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  1. Ebony says:

    Thank you for sharing your story.

    My 14 month old twin girls were diagnosed with DDH just a few days ago and i am quite worried about putting my girls to sleep, they have already had such a troubled start to life being born at 26 weeks gestation. They are scheduled to have an open reduction with Twin A having a salter osteotomy and Twin B having a Varus osteotomy as well. Our surgeon has said that they will be in spica cast for 12 weeks then a brace for another 3 months or so.

    I am deathly afraid that Twin A will freak out about being confined in her cast for so long. It worries me that she will injure herself more trying to move in the cast.

    Your post gave me an insight as to what my girls will be like after recovery.Thank you.

    Ebony <3

    • Laura S says:

      I was in a cast for most of my first couple of years as well. I really hope that your girls will take the cast well. Keep me updated! Your family is in my thoughts and I hope that you can find peace during this situation.

  2. Andrew Slominski says:

    Hi Laura, my name is Andrew Slominski and i go to Lakeridge high school. I am doing a school project about hip dysplasia and was wondering if i could ask you a few questions! You could contact me at andrewslominski01@gmail.com or over the phone at (262)-365-1029. Thank you!

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