When I was looking into whether or not to get TPO surgery for Borrego, I looked high and low for a normal person’s account of what the process would be like. All I found was a gazillion doctor perspectives. I initially published this “diary” in another venue, which is about to be archived but find that this information may still be useful to someone out there. It’s been 11 years since I had the TPO surgery done for Borrego and, to this day, I do not regret having done it. While she is now approaching 12 years old and is a little stiff, I shudder to think of how much pain she might be in now had I not made the decision to do it. To follow, please find my account from 2003 of our experience of this process.
June 10, 2003
Borrego was diagnosed with hip dysplasia in her left hip a couple of weeks ago and things are progressing very quickly. The surgeon said that both hips have abnormalities but that her right hip could grow into normal. She goes in today for surgery on her left hip.
The surgery is called Triple Pelvic Osteotomy (TPO). Basically they will cut her hip bones in three places, reposition them and then put them all back together with a few screws and metal plates. The idea is that she is still growing, so her body will accept this as normal and incorporate it much more naturally into herself. Continue reading