Diagnosis: Hip Dysplasia

Lisa Uesugi, Photographer

The pain was unbearable. Simple activities became impossible. Cleo needed relief from her daily struggles and turned to Drs. Robert Durkin and William Burkhalter for help. She was diagnosed with Hip Dysplasia in both hips, a condition in which the two parts of the hip joint are poorly connected. Cleo underwent a Periacetabular Osteotomy procedure, which allowed the surgeons to preserve her hips instead of replacing them. “I was determined to do what was necessary to have a better quality of life,” said Cleo. “That meant keeping a positive outlook and following through on my post-surgery therapy.” Today, Cleo is pain-free and keeps active with Zumba, stand-up paddling, walking and chasing after her grandson.

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