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Re: Surgery scheduled for next week... Carol
With my daughter's childhood disease, the blood supply doesn't keep up with the growth of the bone and as a result the bone softens and wears away. Unless there is some other reason for Xrays, you wouldn't be aware of a problem until the damage is extensive. In her case at 5 years old, she never complained of pain and it wasn't until I saw her limping that I took her to the doctor. The knob at the head of the femur that rotates within the hip socket was almost completely worn away. I was told that it would regenerate but she immediately had to be taken off her feet to prevent further disintegration. She was fitted with an A frame brace that was worn 24 hours a day. The brace held the femur in place in the hip socket and there was nothing else to be done but wait for it to regenerate, checked by Xray every six months. It took almost four years before the bone stopped regenerating but it was somewhat misshapen which somewhat limited the range of normal motion.
I suspect that what procedure they will follow depends on what they actually find during surgery with relieving your pain the prime goal. Whatever it is, I wish you the best.
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