Thanks for visiting this site. I have set this site up in order to raise awareness of Hip dysplasia and Impingement in teenagers. Some teenagers could have been diagnosed at birth or as a young child with Hip dysplasia or impingement, or they could just have been diagnosed with Hip Dysplasia or Impingement.
The HappyHips Team consists of many members who all play a vital role. Feel free to have a look on the Members or guestbook pages to see and meet them!
Hip dysplasia is also known as CDH (Congenital Dysplasia of the Hip) or DDH (Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip). FAI stands for Femoral Actetabular Impingement.
I, myself was born with CDH of my left hip but I wasn't diagnosed till 18 months. I had 2 major operations to insert a metal plate and screws into my hip...
I have never really had any problems with my hip until September 2009. This was certainly not ideal as it was my GCSE year! I went to hospital in acute pain and was referred to an orthopaedic surgeon to discuss my case. In Late September I was told that I would need a Hip replacement that year.
I had already had a steroid injection under GA, but this only left me free of pain for a few weeks. I was petrified by this idea (for I thought that Hip Replacements were for the older generation- how naive I was- but when I asked in my local area for some information on this matter all of the leaflets that I was given they all said something to the effect of "As you're getting older..!")
In January 2010 I was called to see my surgeon and I quickly left school in order to get there to find out what he had to say (I was terrified again). He actually was telling me some good news, he said that he had shared my notes with some other surgeons and they had advised him to perform an operation before performing the Hip Replacement in order to see if we could buy some time to allow me to get through my GCSE'S. In February I had my operation and it was all successful. I then managed to get fantastic GCSE results- I hope this will inspire others to keep going.
Unfortunately, a year later my pain returned and I was scheduled for my THR in June 2011. The only way I was able to cope with this horrible situation while completing my AS's was by talking to others who were facing similar or already been through it all.
I then managed to receive good AS grades and hope that I will remain pain-free for many years to come.
During this experience I realised how LONELY I felt, as nobody really understands and everyone just tells you that you will be Ok and they don't even know what I am going on about. I really felt that I needed to talk to someone else in a similar situation to me or even someone who had been through similar.
I hope that this site will enable other teenagers or parents of teenagers to be able to feel LESS LONELY by reading this and hopefully using the contact and forum sections to communicate.
Anything published on this website either by its members or the happyhips team is there own opinion. None of the viewpoints raised on this website are those of medical professionals so actual medical advice and solutions cannot be given. It is always necessary to seek the advice of a medical professional at all times before making a decision.