Re: Recent Hip Dysplasia Diagnosis
My father was diagnosed with hip dysplasia and arthritis in his early forties after many years of sports and distance running. He was able to stay active for several more years, with some pain, but eventually had to have both hips replaced when he was 50.
He is now 60 and still doing well. He doesn't run any more, but he swims, walks, bikes long distances and goes skiing.
Now, it does now sound like you are near needing a replacement. Osteoarthritis is mostly just the wearing away of the cartilage in the joint. Depending on how advanced yours is, there may be smaller surgeries that could improve the function of your hip joint. Actually correcting the dysplasia is a big deal, but if the arthritis is still slight, it might make sense. Otherwise, debriding the joint (removing bone spurs and other junk) can sometimes relieve pain.