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05 Apr 2003

Recovering of hip ligaments
Our son ( 16 years ) has recently ( Dec 2002 ) had a hip operation to tilt his hip forward as well as to the side to delay the degradation of his hip joint. He had to have this operation due to a hereditary condition whereby the "sheating" of the nerves, especially the longer nerves, does not shield properly.
My question is, is there any type of medicine that he can take that will assist with the speed recovery of the ligaments connecting his leg to his hip or that wil assist with the contracting of these ligaments. He has been told that he will have to walk using crutches for the next 9 months to allow the ligaments enough time to shorten and he has to wear a shoe with a 14cm sole ( this is very hard for him to persue especially to school ) to keep his leg in a bent position.

Thank you
Des
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CyberDoc

01 Jan 0001

Des, unfortunately there is no medicine that can take the place of the crutches and the built up shoe. I have a patient with the same problem in my practice and he was able to throw away his crutches after 8 months. In the end it will be worth the wait so just make sure your son doesn’t do things that he will regret for the rest of his life. Good luck.
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