Following surgery, the patient remains in the hospital for two to three days. Patients are only partially weight-bearing for one month to allow the bone cuts to heal in an optimal position. During this time, a specialized machine, called a continuous passive motion (CPM) machine, is used to keep the hip moving and prevent scar tissue from forming, which can limit the range of motion of the hip.
Patients use crutches to help with walking. After the first month, patients can place more weight on the operative side and work with physical therapists to increase the strength and function of the hip. Recovery generally takes three to six months, though the time varies with each patient.
According to long-term data, about 80 percent of patients who received a PAO are doing well 10 years after the procedure and have not undergone a total hip replacement.
Surgeons at UK are committed to providing excellent care for their patients. These surgeons have extensive experience performing complex procedures and caring for patients with hip dysplasia. Patients are treated through a comprehensive and individualized approach, with the goal of getting them back into the game of life as soon as possible and ensuring the best long-term outcome.