Re: Is Hip Surgery Necessary
Well, hip dysplasia is a real physical condition that can be diagnosed by x-ray. My father had a "mild" case that nevertheless caused arthritis that had him almost unable to move his hips by his late 40s. He had to have total hip replacement surgery to recover, and now has large titanium rods in his legs.
Also, if he likes you and wants to spend time with you, he may have concealed his pain. I know I've done things like that with family. If you don't see him very often, you don't know how it is on a daily basis.
If you really think this surgery is a mistake, you can talk to your nephew and his parents, but be careful. They may not respond well to having their judgement questioned, even if you are absolutely right! Say things like, "Did you get another opinion, just to be sure," or "What are the consequences of NOT doing this surgery?"