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Old 04-30-2012, 08:54 AM   #1
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Question Is Hip Surgery Necessary

My 20 year old nephew said that for the last year and a half he has had severe pain in his hip. He was diagnosed with hip dysplasia and is scheduled to under go major surgery in a couple of weeks.

This makes no sense to me because just four months ago I spent an entire afternoon with him and we took a very long walk through a local park then went to a restaurant. He displayed no signs of any pain. About a month later we spent an hour in the park throwing a frisbee and again no signs of any pain.

From an early age he learned that if people thought he was sick he could get out of things he did not want to do such as go to school. His mother is a hypochondriac and enabled this behavior in him. I suspect his hip is fine and he is using this as an excuse to not grow up. (He will be bed ridden after the surgery and then be on crutches for an extended period of time so he will not be attending school this summer and possibly fall.)

Am I way off base? If not, how is it possible he could spend an afternoon waking through a park or playing frisbee without any signs of pain when he has a hip condition that induces severe pain and requires major surgery? This makes no sense at all to me. I would be grateful if you could explain what might be going on here. Thank you.

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Old 04-30-2012, 11:18 AM   #2
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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?"

 
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:35 PM   #3
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Re: Is Hip Surgery Necessary

Thanks for your good points and ideas, Jane.

I spoke to them and as of now it sounds like he is going to go through with it. I know they have seen more than one doctor but I am not sure if all the doctors thought the surgery was necessary.

I can only hope it is absolutely necessary because the operation involves breaking the pelvis in three or four locations.

 
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