Hi all, calling anyone who has had hip arthroscopy for treating labrum tear
I would like any advice about the operation recoveryI have looked on the net but not found much.
Wanted to know
1) Can you walk after surgery
2)Do you need to stay in hospital or is it day case
3) Do you have a big wound
4) Are you in alot of pain post op
5)Are you off work for long
6) Have any of you had any complications following this procedure
Hope you can help
Hi Rachael, in the same boat myself (waiting for surgery). There is a major thread on this forum titled Acetabular Labrum Tear that deals with this topic, with lots of people in a similar position or having had surgery already. You should find some helpful info if you go onto this thread and read back. See you in there...!
I thought I would chime in here with my experience. I had surgery last April by Dr. Phillipon in Vail, CO. They fixed my labrum and shaved down some of my femur because I had impingement. The whole experience was long---it's not a breeze and was more involved than I expected. I was on crutches for a little over 4 weeks and had to use a CPM machine for 4 weeks for at least 8-12 hours a day. I know different surgeons have varying opinions in the recovery process but this is what was the protocol at Vail. I was very pleased with the facility and staff and was able to stay out there for a few days (which I highly recommend) to do physical therapy. They had me on the bike the day after surgery. With that said, I am no better than before surgery. I am 25 y.o female and have chronic groin and butt pain. As you all know, it's incredibly frustrating, especially if you were an active person prior to the injury. I was a college athlete and marathon runner and can now barely sit for long periods of time without being in discomfort. It makes me crazy. I have done endless amounts of physical therapy but to no avail. The only encouraging thing was that there was a window of about 3 or 4 months where I was feeling better. Then something happened. I'm now wondering whether I have re-torn something and will be heading back to Vail to get re-evaluated.
Anyhow, I hope that provides some useful information. I don't mean to discourage because I've heard many successful stories. I'm hoping mine will be a success sometime soon. If you have more questions, feel free to ask. Good luck all,
Hi Rachel - My 20-year-old daughter just had this surgery last Wednesday. She went under at 4pm and I had her in the car driving home 1-1/2 hour drive, at 9:30pm. General anesthesia...tube down her throat, etc. She was very groggy but was able to get up on crutches and go to the bathroom about 3 hrs. post surgery. Slept that night just fine on Vicodin and Valium. She was sore but could crutch all last week. Went off meds and just used Ibuprofen about 48 hrs. post surgery. Today she had her follow-up w/doc. who told her 4 weeks w/crutches, mostly to prevent her from falling. She can drive but must use the left foot for braking (her surgery was on her right hip) She has two small entry wounds that had about 2 stitches each, which were removed today. So far so good. She immediately felt the joint was "different" meaning good - repaired. Now we just have to wait to see if the repaired section sticks. She starts physical therapy next wed. for two days per week...combining cycle, elliptical, water and weight training to strengthen her joint. We feel very lucky to have found a competent surgeon who is very good at this procedure. Hoping everything continues to go this well.
Thank you for your reply, I do hope your daughter gets better soon sounds like she is on the road to recovery.
Wishing u luck