San Antonio woman gets second chance after life-changing surgery

A San Antonio woman is getting a second chance at living after receiving a life-changing surgery.

SAN ANTONIO - A San Antonio woman is getting a second chance at living after receiving a life-changing surgery.

Giana Gomez has suffered with Congenital Hip Dysplasia since birth.

It's a genetic abnormality where the hip socket never develops around the bone, leading to unstable hips. According to doctors, it's difficult to detect and infant screenings find only 10 percent of dysplasia.

 For four decades, it's limited Gomez's mobility as she could never walk, stand or do any tasks on her feet without being in pain.

"My whole lifetime was seven or so doctors to try to figure out how to alleviate the pain," Gomez said.

Like Gomez, about 40 percent of those with dysplasia also develop osteoarthritis, according to the International Hip Dysplasia Institute. Facing one failed surgery after another, she decided to try one more time.

Dr. Casey Taber with San Antonio Orthopedic Group performed a replacement Gomez said changed her life. Both of her hips were effected by dysplasia.

"When we did the replacement, she gets replaced on the socket on both sides and she gets replaced with a new ball," Dr. Taber said.

The replacement is expected to last about 30 years before a revision needs to take place.

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