I hope all is well. I am 43 and finally had a hip replacement. I am the rare girl that had perthes in second grade. The first doctor wanted to do surgery, my mom asked for a second opinion, the second doctor put me in a Scottish rite brace to give my hip bone time to heal. I wore it for three years and at night the fourth year up to sixth grade. I was very short, still am and it wasn't easy, however, with everyone staring at me all the time I feel it added strength to my personality that helps me look at things differently than I otherwise would have. I have a great empathy for others but I also look at life with a what can I learn attitude. Be aware that it can and usually does start again later in life. I didn't know until recently that my mother had been told I would need a replacement by 40. One of my best friends married the boy in our city that had the surgery, it was botched, he wasn't put in a body cast right after and his hip started deteriorating right after and had to be fused. He's is a tough guy so he deals with the pain now but it's messing up his knees and back too. I wonder what the outcome would have been had he seen my doctor. Good luck.View Thread
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