Recovery from Hip Arthroscopy
I have been diagnosed with labral tears and wanted to hear from others who have had tears debrided. My question is how long did it take after surgery to recovery ie being able to walk normally without crutches etc.
Was just wondering when I could be expected to get back to my desk job...
6 months post op hip scope for FAI cam type and labral repair!
Hello to you all again.
Just read the last few weeks of messages. It amazes me how this thread keeps growing - over 500 messages here - awesome. It really does help.
Had my 6 month check last week. Did not see my professor but saw his very nice Australian assistant who informed me he assisted with my op! He was very pleased - I have full range of motion with hip flexion about 145 degrees pain free. Impingement test - no pain in joint!
My knee pain on the operated side is due to muscle weakness and the knee cap not sitting in the groove properly. Physio is concentrating on trying to strengthen my quads and knee muscles. Had my knee taped to move knee cap over and that really reduces pain - but I can't rely on tape forever otherwise muscles will get used to it. It's still early days in some ways.
I have widespread muscle pain all over my body with trigger points and tender spots. He also noted the trigger points in abdomen, groin and inner thigh. I am now due to see a rheumatologist on 20th November to see if I have polymyalgia or fibromyalgia! If I disregard all the muscle pain - then my hip score on the lifestyle questionnaire etc was 96 out of 100. With 100 being normal.
I am really happy with that. He has told me the advise of not to mow the grass or swim breast stroke till 6 months was probably over cautious and being "wrapped up in cotton wool". I mowed the grass the next day and was fine!
From a hip point of view he said I can go surfing. However, my right shoulder is now the problem and my MRa on that shows a labral tear also (SLAP lesion). Need arthroscopy on that, waiting to find out by who and when. Not injured that - so the question is do I have some connective tissue dissorder so hope the rheumatologist can shed some light on that one! My dream of getting back on a surf board seems to be moving further away. I did see a note today which said "don't let the weeds grow around your dreams" - I liked that. It would seem my hip and now my shoulder are the weeds but I am determine to get rid of them - or make them shorter! I will keep on dreaming and one day my dreams will become a reality again I am sure! Just taking a long time.
Back to my hip and the questionnaire - it asks about sex. Got my friend to help on that as I didn't want to tick the N/A box again! No hip pain and no lateral knee pain as was the case pre op and no bad effects after - so very happy with the result so far!
I was told 12 weeks for it to heal. At clinic at 12 weeks they said I was young and expecting too much. Prob 6 months. At 6 months - I can see I have come a long way. I can walk up and down stairs normally apart from my knee grinding and grating on my "good side" - must get that checked too - think my joints are falling apart! lol. Went a walk over some big hills and was fine too. So unfit and put on weight - but I can try and do something about that!
I am still off sick from work - now with my shoulder as can't do heart scans. May have to be re deployed to another dept whilst my shoulder is sorted. My boss wants someone who can scan and I can't yet! I just hope they can give me a job I can cope with whist taking codeine 30 - 60mg 4 times a day. If not I could well end up losing my job and on no pay. Have a meeting end of November to discuss my future and career etc - until then I am going to try not to worry too much! From a hip point I could have gone back to work 4 1/2 months post op. I don't know how some of you go back to work still using crutches - credit due to you - I must be a wimp!
Nearly forgot - asked the surgeon if there was anything I should avoid as I was concerned about the plastic anchors popping out! He said they only served a purpose for 6 weeks post op while tissue changes and healing took place and the labral repair healed and adhered back to the bone. There are dissolveable anchors but mine aren't - so they are for life. SO I can do pretty much anything - but be sensible - was the advice. I have done 2 tandem parachute jumps - but won't do anymore! He said if I really abuse my hip I could risk flaring the problem up again - so I will look after it!
I think I have covered everything - other than I certainly wouldn't want both hips done at the same time or even 2 weeks apart. Alot of the post op exercises involve struggling onto the floor on to a mat. Dread to think how you could do that with 2 painful hips. Even getting showered, dressed etc - with 2 hips painful - how would you cope - I know I couldn't. Think I would want to wait at least 6 months before getting the second hip done! That's just my oppinion - I am not good with pain!
Take care all of you - will post again shortly.