I’m in my late 30’s.

I’m an athlete, a swim coach, a nurse, a mom and many, many other things.

But I’m no longer a runner because of hip dysplasia.  And my pet peeve is people who play the victim.  So that’s not what this is about – it’s about providing my personal experience with a surgery known as periacetabular osteotomy, because the information I have been seeking is not only difficult to find, but mostly in medical journalistic lingo.

I hope that someday when a worried 20-year-old Googles ‘PAO hip surgery,’ she finds my blog and can relate to my need for knowledge and reassurance.  Reassurance that no, this is not a brain tumor, but it IS a big deal.

And also, that she can chill the fuck out cuz it’s gonna be okay.  🙂


Cool link to a video about periacetabular osteotomy.  I think.


  1. dramaticallyhip · February 1, 2013

    Hey Andi! I’m going to be posting an update to my blog later tonight but I felt like, as a fellow runner, I had to tell you how great I feel at 7 weeks post PAO and how 100% confident that I will definitely be running again (and hopefully without pain because of the PAO). I’m able to walk around my apartment without crutches, totally on my own strength, and I have no pain at all. I’m not the most stable person ever, and I use my crutches when I am outside to make sure I don’t fall but I honestly NEVER expected to feel this good at 7 weeks. I know you were very nervous when you first heard you had to have a PAO, and I know not everyone’s experiences are the same, but based on my experiences as of today, at only 7 weeks I am SO happy I had the surgery. Just a little hopeful energy to put out to you.

  2. andirunner · February 3, 2013

    Thank you for posting this and letting me know. There are some days when I am overwhelmed with the anxiety about it all, and other days when I am totally ‘zen,’ to use your phrase. I’m very by anyone else’s positive recovery news, so feel free to keep it coming!

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