This isn't an easy post to share but a necessary one. #gofundme gofundme.com/paowarriornicole
Hi, first off I want to #thankyou for reading this! I am Nicole, a #mom and #wife. For those who don't know. I was born with #congenital #hipdysplasia. I was in a half body cast for a year and a half as a baby. I haven't had surgery for it as my family opted out and did other therapy so I can walk today. I wasn't supposed too. I live in chronic pain daily.
Fast forward, 28 years old now and the last few years the pains been bad the last 6 months I am unable to walk some days, my hip gives out and I fall. I use a cane some days. I have lost the ability to #run. I am very #limited to what I can do. It's so hard on me. I #can't work and sometimes do the #basic #activities which is very hard.
I had a check up with my PCP and was referred out so I saw Dr. Ziran at St. Joes in Phx, I was informed I can't get a total hip replacement since the dysplasia I have it likely won't take at this time and I'll end up unable to walk down later in life .. I didn't expect the surgery that's recommended. I'm devastated. I'm scared. I have so many questions and so fearful of it but I know somehow someway it will be ok!
I will be haveing a #PAO Surgery (periacetabular osteotomy). Periacetabular” means around the acetabulum (hip socket). “Osteotomy” means to cut bone. Therefore, PAO means to cut the bone around the acetabulum and reposition the hip socket. The PAO is a very effective procedure for the treatment of symptomatic acetabular dysplasia.
However the resources aren't here in Arizona. I have to go to The Steadman Clinic in Vail, CO with Dr. Joel Matta.
This surgery is a HUGE deal, and about a 6 hour surgery. It's a very brutal road for recovery. I will be unable to walk for about 2 months. I'm devastated. Truly I am. Lots if PT and OT will be needed to getting a fully functioning life again.
Now the other kicker we are financially responsible to getting to Colorado and paying for the procedure as he is cash only. They will attempt to bill my insurance but most of the time he informed they don't cover or will only a part. We're responsible for the rest. •rest in comments•