I had hip and back pain since I was a child and nothing was done then. I was pigeon toed but every doctor said, “she’ll grow out of it.” I lived a pretty normal life as a teen, played sports, social, but my knees always turned in and a walked noticeably different from my peers. I had seen a doctor while in highschool, who pretty much said I was looking at double hip replacements when I was older but no other options. This was in about 2005.
Fast forward to 2014 when I was pregnant with my first child, my hip and back pain were barely manageable but I got through pregnancy and it alleviated a bit. I couldn’t even walk around the pumpkin patch because of the pain in my hips. I felt I was missing out on giving my baby a fun active mom. In 2018 I had my 2nd and last child. After he was born, I knew I had to do something about my hips. I went to a hip preservation specialist Missouri (I live in Kansas). Who insisted I had impingements and needed bilateral scopes. I trusted it so I signed up for surgery in 2 weeks.
In the past I had heard a doctor make mention of femoral osteotomy. With not being entirely confident with a scope, I joined the FO support facebook group. Not only did I learn so much, but the people I met changed my life. I was provided the guidance I needed to be brave and go to NYC for another opinion. Here Dr. Buly took one look at my walk and said I needed to be assessed for version abnormality before doing any scopes. And after some tests and measurements. I scheduled for 3 weeks later to get my first FO! It was terrible and wonderful all at once.
I am one leg down and already moving better than ever. April 2021 I am planning on getting my right FO and left hardware removal. This journey is a long and hard one. But worth it to get to walk around the pumpkin patch with my kids!