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Andrea Perez

Mexico City, Mexico
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I'm 26 years old and have had 6 surgeries on my left hip including the hip replacement at HSS.

It all started 13 years ago when I broke the head of my femur in a high jump competition. Since then, the femur has not recovered fully. Through various surgeries in Mexico City, Baltimore and Palm Beach they prevented a full hip replacement when I was a teen still growing. However, the last surgery in 2013 was unsuccessful (hip dislocation technique). The doctor tried reshaping the head of the femur so that I could gain all the flexibility I had lost 13 years ago and fix the pain I was experiencing because of the hip arthritis in the joint. After this surgery I was in pain constantly, walking in New York was nightmare, couldn't do any exercise or even think about wearing anything but sneakers.

I found Dr. Nawabi through various recommendations. I went to meet him as a last solution. I was very scared since this was the outcome we had been avoiding for years.

Turned out that right after surgery I had less pain than before! Even after hours of surgery!

Dr. Nawabi was fantastic and coached me through the whole process. Answering every question I had. He understood my delicate case after so many surgeries. We definitely approached the hip replacement surgery differently, understanding my case was much different than the average hip replacement.

6 months after the surgery I feel already better than I can remember in a long time. I am back doing cardio in the gym and just did a huge road trip (I was able to walk for hours! Picture was taken in the trip). Couldn't have done it without the help of my physical therapist.

More importantly Dr. Nawabi took away the limp I had. I now feel confident walking and can wear heels again!