I knew July marked 5 years post-PAO, but I had forgotten the actual date until I just revisited my previous posts. Good thing for blogging. The hips are doing well. Occasional chiro adjustments are keeping me in line and feeling good. An unexpected surprise will really test these hips over the next few months. Our second child is due around Christmas--first one post-PAO. So far so good over the first 5-months, let's hope it stays that ways!
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.