I have a good friend that just had a PAO done on Friday. Reading her posts bring back a lot of painful memories, I literally have a pit in my stomach and feel a bit ill. I've managed to surpress so much of that experience as it was not pleasant at all. The first few days were the hardest. She will get through it and in a week from now she'll be so happy she's on the other side!
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.