Re: Bad news
I was born with a congential dislocated hip and at age 8 the doctors did an experimental surgery to correct it. Back then they didn't check babies at birth for hip displaysia like they do now and cast them when young. I had 2 hips sockets on the same side, the new one was way up top of the pelvic bone by about 4 inches.
About 2 years after the reconstruction comprised of many screws and plates my body rejected the metal (surgical steel back then) so they had to remove it and resurface the hip. It was then at age 10 when the OA set in. I had another surgery again when I was 19 for another resurfacing. Finally when I was 27 the OA was so bad the ball was nearly protruding through the soft pelvic tissue, I didn't have much of the pelvic bone left and my ball was very deteriorated with bone on bone so they did the total replacement. That was 13 years ago.
It took me nearly 2 years to heal properly from the surgery but after that I did OK. I had occasional pains but nothing compared to what I had gone through for so many years prior.
Over the last month I'd say I started having groin pain and very sharp hip pain that seems to wax and wane, perhaps based on activity, I never pay attention. Some days I can barely even walk. I am really scared of going back in there and doing anything to the hip since I had so many problems with previous surgeries.
I can't even begin to imagine where this crack came from as I'm not obese, maybe 10 -15 lbs over weight and I don't do any exercising or activities if you will outside of water exercises in the summer due to my knee (on the opposite leg), the hip and my lumbar being herniated.
One of the biggest concerns I have at this point in going in and putting in a new cup is that the current cup already pushing into my internal organs because most of the pelvic wall is gone.
Kathy please tell me more about what you went through, we are both too young to have to deal with this that's for sure. While I'm not glad to hear about what you went through it is nice to know I'm not the only one who is so young and facing so many hip problems.
Where the follow up surgeries as difficult as the first one? Did you find you were in more pain than the previous? I had heard the more times it's done the more painful it becomes and of course there's the problem with less bone each time.
I already have large masses of scar tissue from the childhood surgeries so that's always another concern as that causes pain as well.
Thanks so much for sharing