With you mentioning arthrograms...when I had mine I wasn't even aware I was going to have one. I drove myself to the hospital for what I thought was an MRI and they were like, "now you can go down the hall to get the first part of your testing done." This was quite surprising to me and I had no idea what was happening. Anywho, it wasn't a big deal at all. Right after I had it done I had to walk around the hospital to take care of some volunteering stuff, then I walked to my car (about 2 blocks down), and then drove myself home. It wasn't bad at all!
...the lovely marcaine injection was a different story - partially because the radiologist was very rough when doing it and kept hitting the bone over and over when trying to place the needle in the correct position
Great news! I feel so bad for those pts that fall into the wrong hands. That's exactly what happened to me with the first surgeon. If it weren't for my working in health care, I don't know I would have known any better. Keep us posted on how things go! time will go by fast!
Stay safe, we're thinking of you
Congratulations Rayray on finally getting a surgery date - I bet you can't quite believe it! As for the arthrogram, it really isn't too bad at all. For some reason, my left hip hurt more than my right, but I still managed to drive myself home both times (even though I was told not to, but I had it first thing in the morning, and then went back to work scanning other people, so I felt fine by home time). My hip felt tender and 'fat' for a couple of days afterwards, but when you take painkillers regularly anyway, it will control the minimal pain. You may find it hard to have to lie still for the actual scan though - most of us with these hip problems don't like having to lie flat out without moving! Just try to get as comfortable as you can at the start. I think you should be OK to get public transport home - just make sure you keep your painkillers topped up.
I tried to post yesterday but it hasn't appeared, so I don't think i'm doing this right! Fingers crossed this one appears...
I am 22 and now 5 weeks post op from an open hip debridement for continued pain following a reverse PAO in dec 07 and a tibial osteotomy in april 07. I have retroverted acetabulum, a wacky form of dysplasia, where the sockets are normal depth but facing backwards by 50 or so degrees!
I am under darren fern in truro. Rayray - I had both my hip surgeries at the Duchy Hospital, which if you're going private I assume you will be in too. The staff their are absolutely great and its a lovely place - once I could actually eat, even the food is nice!
Seen as I've had both a (reverse) PAO and open debridement, feel free to ask any questions about hospital stay, recovery etc.
Thanks for the post. Yes I am going to the Duchy - four weeks today and surgery number one will be done! Anything you can tell me about post op recovery immediately after surgery would set my mind at rest.
I am going in on Monday and our plan is that I leave Friday - a bit longer than I intended but we have a business to run and it will give Hubbie a chance to get things up to date at work before collecting me for the three hour trek home - I imagine this isn't going to be the most pleasant journey I have ever had!!
Any tips, no no's and advice would be gratefully appreciated.
Sorry had to dash (metaphorically speaking!!).
It sounds like you have really been through it. Are you local to Cornwall and did it take a long time to get a diagnosis? Have you been able to work between surgeries and how are you doing now?
I am still not sure if I will have a resurfacing or not although I may know more once I have had the arthrograms in a couple of weeks. I feel so certain that I will have a resurfacing as the pain is so relentless but maybe, just maybe, this is soreness from the torn labrum rather than arthritis - I hope it can be repaired but hey ho if it can't it can't.
I hope you are feeling okay. We are wondeing how quickly I will be able to get back to doing office work as the pressure is on with our business - I am aiming at two weeks. Am I being optimistic or will I be able to do a few hours day by then?
Hey guys, time is now actually flying by as the kids have me running round in circles (not that this is literally possible though!!) You all know by now i've got all my hopes pinned on this guy, so now i'm scared he'll be as dismissive as the others or say rip them out!! I will obviously let you know how this goes as it's feels like we are no this journey together, and who better to share with than my Hipster sisters!!? I'm hoping he'll do x-rays as he's decided he doesn't want copies of the other ones, and fingers crossed if surgery is decided then and there which i would agree too, he'll do my pre-op that day, as letter states that this is a possiblity which would save time and waiting for more appointments.
Off topic went for a walk today which killed me off, but on the upside i found a toad and the sun was shining. needed the vitamin D from the sun as i don't want to be bow legged as well as dogdy hips too!