Ok, should we just rename our blog the McMillan Pediatrics Medical Journal? Everyone has issues. Our family is congenital medical disorders. Tylers heart, Carls brain and Dannys Hips. Danny had hip discomfort growing up, visited the doc at 17 and was dismissed with "bad hips." He learned to make the best of his hips by monitoring his activity, walking slowly, making me wear hiking packs and taking breaks. After experiencing back pain this year he went to a doctor who took one look at his x-ray and sent him to orthopedics who sent him to a surgeon. We are blessed with a great friend who is amazing hip surgeon and chief of orthopedics AKA John Kronick who guided us in our decision. Our family is always taken care of in miraculous ways.
Here are his hips: The Problem: acetabular (hip) dysplasia is a congenital disorder usually formed by age 3. His acetabular is more dish shaped instead of cup shaped. A normal hip would surround the head of his femur. His X-ray shows signs of arthritis which would only get worse with time.
The Solution: Periacetabular Osteotomy (PAO) cuts and realigns the acetabulum and possibly femur. This will preserve his own hip joint rather than replacing it with an artificial hip.
When: July 1st at Kaiser Oakland. The surgery should take 5 hours and he should be in the hospital 3 days if all goes well. He will be out of work for a while recovering.
How can you help? Pray for a successful surgery, send dark chocolate and come and visit if you want to see Danny on drugs. We'll keep you posted.