The body continues to amaze me. As I'm driving yesterday, out of the blue I had the most intense electrical-like, burning feeling take over the front of my upper thigh. This burning feeling created an intense itch and I swear I could feel these electrical like currents running through my skin. After awhile I forgot about it, then suddenly today it hit me that my thigh is not quite as numb as it use to be! I have more feeling in it today than I did yesterday. Isn't that weird, I'm coming up on 2 years post-PAO in July and my body is still continuing to reconnect.
Periacetabular Osteotomy. The mother of all hip surgeries. A procedure that cuts the hip socket out of the pelvis to allow the the socket to be repositioned and then screwed back into place. This allows the ball & socket to move fluidly, preventing cartilage damage and preserving the joint in patients with faulty hips. The PAO preserves & enhances the patient's own hip, not replacing it with artificial parts like a hip replacement. Why not a hip replacement? Although the recovery is said to be easier with a hip replacement, they are not ideal for younger people as they need to be revised frequently, leading to a possible 7+ additional surgeries for someone my age. Also, active people generally can not resume their higher level of activity.