My journey with Hip Dysplasia started in August 2017. It was softball season and everytime I ran my right hip would be throbbing with pain. Also whenever I would sit down or stand up my hips would pop. I tried ice and heat to make the pain go away. My mom took me to my primary doctor and she didn’t know what was wrong. I was given a paper with orthopedic specialists in my area. I went to the specialist and she said that ligaments were just hooking onto my femur bone and physical therapy would solve the issue. About 4 weeks go by and the pain wasn’t going away. I was referred to another physician who knew more about the hip and could figure out why I was in so much pain. I had an MRI with contrast done and there it was. A torn labrum. That’s when I was told that I had hip dysplasia. I was so in shock that it was worse than I thought it would be. Then I was told about the PAO surgery. I now went to go see another orthopedic physician who specialized in hip dysplasia. He said that a PAO would help me from having to get a hip replacement for a long time. On February 23, 2018 I had a PAO and labrum repair surgery.

I stayed the weekend in the hospital. The first time standing up out of bed is the worst part of it all. The first week was rough but by the 2nd week I was off the pain meds and starting to do more things on my own.

At my 1 month post op appointment with the orthopedic specialist who said that I was healing fast and I could get wean off the crutches and it would take about 2-3 weeks! I am now about to 6 weeks post op.
I forgot to add that I joined the PAO support group on facebook and asked questions and feedback from people who have had the surgery! Joining a support group on social media or following blogs is a great way to find out more information from people going through hip dysplasia too!

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  1. Linda says:

    Great to hear your story Maddie. I am glad they caught it early! Hoping life brings you more exciting journeys with your new hip!

  2. Nikki says:

    Hi Maddie, well done on getting through your surgery.

    We live in New Zealand and our 11 year old daughter is likely to need a PAO this year (she was born with hip dysplasia). She is very scared. I was wondering if you would be happy to email her and chat to her on email to help her through the surgery?

    She does not have facebook (we don’t let her!) but she does have instagram.

    Please email me if you are happy for her to talk to you.


  3. Bailey Ann Ying Giles says:

    I would love to to compare notes and heat about your experiences with hip dysplasia. Please contact me at(615) 319-2630

  4. Cindie says:

    Hi Maddie,

    I am so sorry you had to go through such a major surgery! Can I ask how old you are? My 17-year old daughter is scheduled to have PAO surgery in a few weeks. She is dreading it, but excited to be out of pain.
    How are you feeling now? Is your recovery going well? Do you feel any of the old pain anymore?
    My daughter, Jessica, is a soccer player and very active. Does your doctor think you can play softball again?

    I think I am more nervous then Jessica is!

    Thank you Maddie, best wishes for a speedy and full recovery!


  5. Amber says:

    My 14 yr old daughter is having a her 2dt PAO October. Do you have the link to the FB group?

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