From All Angles – Joan

In February of 2013, I thought I pulled a muscle in my groin. The pain never went away and after seeing 2 orthopedic surgeons, I was diagnosed with a right hip labral tear. While rehabbing the right side, my left side tore. I knew what it was as soon as I felt it. Through advocacy if my own, I got the surgeon to check my left side and sure enough, it was torn. I went through a second arthroscopy and had a few minor setbacks during rehab. Namely, neuritis of my saphenous nerve from the traction used during the surgery. The surgeon eventually told me the labral tears were caused by hip dysplasia but never went any further then that.

After having arthroscopies on both of my hips from 2013-2014, I continued to have pain and knew there had to be a reason why I would have the same problem on both hips. After doing much research on my own, I found a surgeon in NYC who did extensive diagnostics and diagnosed me with bilateral  femoral anteversion. I was so relieved to finally have an answer for my constant hip pain! He performed femoral osteotomies on both of my hips, one in 2015 and one in 2017, with hardware removal in between. By 2018, my surgeries were complete. My goal was to have “perfect hips” by the time I turned 50! I am 51 now and I have been pain free since winter of 2018. Last September, my husband and I did a 9 mile walking pilgrimage with our Diocese and I had no hip pain and was able to complete the journey!

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