Teen Disabled by Arthritis Gets Hip Replacement at 20

According to a 2013 article in the New York Times on the growing popularity of the procedure, the incision is made at the front of the hip, instead of through the buttocks of side of the hip. The surgeon can reach the hip socket without cutting through a major muscle.

On the first day of his surgery, Moussadda was walking on crutches. Two weeks later, the crutches were gone.

Moussadda may get 25 to 30 years or more longevity on his hip replacements, according to Naide.

Today, Moussadda manages his arthritis with drugs that suppress the inflammation in his joints, and he is slowly becoming more active. But the hardest part was facing what will be a lifelong illness.

"Over a period of time, I slowly changed my mindset and realized how fortunate I am," he said. "I almost feel like people take for granted their bodies. The first year I was so depressed, but I learned I couldn't keep myself down that way. I might not be able to do everything, but I can do a lot. I won't ever run a triathlon, but I can still do plenty, and I am proud of it.

"As long as I am breathing, I won't give up."

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