I'm so confused right now. After reading a few recent posts on the hipwomen online support group, I'm now seriously starting to rethink this whole surgery idea.
One woman wanted the group to know that after having a PAO in one hip and resurfacing on the other, the resurfacing won hands down because her PAO hip was still "somewhat gimpy." After that, a few other women chimed in to say that their PAO hip has never really been normal, or that it was the best solution they had "at the time."
I know it's late in the game to be backpedaling, but I have to make sure I'm making the right choice. I pleaded to the group to write in about their long term results and am waiting to see if there really great outcomes out there. I wrote:
"I really need your help. I'm supposed to be finalizing surgery details, including plane tickets, etc., in the next week or two. I would love to hear about anyone else's long term results, specifically people who are my age. I don't have debilitating pain on a daily basis, but I do hurt a lot when I walk too far, etc.
On paper, I know all the pros and cons. But I would love to hear more personal PAO stories ... what your hip feels like now and how much pain you're in on a daily basis.
I'm completely freaked out that I could have a PAO and end up with back pain, hip pain and a host of other problems that will require medical attention for the rest of my life (screw issues, need for a THR earlier than expected) simply because of the surgery. I'd rather just limit my activity if that's the only alternative.
Anyone out there ... please help.