Am I the first?
a full hip replacement.
Thanks to all who've taken time to post on here before, it really helps to hear other experiences, whether good or bad.
Stuff I've learned or did which I'd recommend: get simple things like toenails trimmed, haircut done BEFORE the operation as it's a heck of a meither afterwards.
Stockpile as many books, DVD's etc as you can for the first few weeks, and make sure you can sit on a comfy chair and put the mobile on charge, reach the laptop, see the TV etc, even if you have an endless supply of family support YOU get sick of asking "could you just pass me the.. "
Stick to what your medics tell you, there is endless info on line but they've seen your injury and know what happened in your hip when they operated.
Allow 6 times as much time as you think you'll need to get up, get shoes on, get to car, stash crutches drive to physio, retrieve crutches, walk into hospital etc etc
Make sure there is an hour every day when everyone leaves you alone, no visitors, no phone call to see how you are. Everyone means well but you need your rest and time to recover mentally as well as physically.
Hi everyone and welcome, miami mike. Been reading about people's experiences with the cortisone. I had one about 13 months after my first op and, to be honest, it didn't make much difference. I think the hip just took longer than expected to settle down, which was probably (partly) down to the fact that my other hip wasn't right. Once that one was corrected, everything gradually settled...after about 9 months! I had my first op in Dec 2011, 2nd in Sept 2012 and was running short distances without pain from April 2013.
parklife - you asked for an update . I didn't want to repeatedly come on here with lots of positive me me me posts when, sadly, many of you are still getting pain/ discomfort and unable to run. But things have been going very well. I got a 10 mile PB (sub 63) in October and won a half marathon in mid-November - accomplishing many things I never would have expected to happen again post-op. I hope that gives people some hope, even if your aim is to return to a parkrun or similar.
When I started building up my distance, I did my exercises religiously - bridges, squats, clams etc.. I haven't been so good recently and I know I have to do better. When I try to do too much, my body tells me about it - I get aches and stiffness in my glutes, hip flexors, quads, shins, calves, achilles...actually, everywhere! It may be weakness from my 3 years of not running. I need to stay sensible and get regular (fortnightly) sports massage to let me carry on running. I don't do any x-training - nothing gets me motivated like running does.
I will keep reading and wishing the best for all of you. People say it takes a long time to recover and it really, really does. People also say that everyone's experiences of FAI/recovery are different, and that is also true.
Thanks Pipes, always good to hear a success story, and any tips etc always very welcome. Again, it is very encouraging to hear of how you have bounced back-I'm sure you are loving it down your running club!
For my part, was doing fairly decent but just struggling to shake off last bits of tightness and an ever so slight limp - being 'in flexion' like driving the car or sitting at a desk for long periods seemed to make it worse so recently I again explored youtube looking for hip flexor exercises. This bloke here 'funk Roberts' has really helped, and I can now bring my knee up to my chin without pain, and today walked freer than ever.
2 of funk's exercises are pure murder to do but about 1 minute after doing them I am already feeling freer and more flexible. Hopefully Hopefully this is the last crucial piece of the jigsaw, and I contemplate a graded return to small bits of running on grass, on top of a large pilates-based/clams strengthening programme.
And I'll have to get my 2nd hip done
Here is the link to funk if anyone is interested in hip flexor attention
Hi again, bn reading everyone's posts for past couple of months and loving ur success story Pipes.
I'm somewhat frustrated, coming up to 5months post op and just doesn't seem to have made much difference.... previously I would get flare ups but now although not as intense, it just aches with the smallest of things, mainly driving which I do a lot of. I feel old!! I always dismissed the "worse in colder weather" but certainly feeling it more. Was really hoping to get back running in the new year but not looking at all likely (well not if I want to be able to move after!)
Sorry that was just a moan!
PS parklife those exercises look good, I just about died trying them but will work on it!
Be careful Triple! I am doing those exercises at 11 and a half months post-op when I'm trying to sort the last pieces of the jigsaw and I think am otherwise well healed from surgery!
Remember building your core and glutes remains very important also!
Hello, I'm new here and noticed this thread on the 1st page of the Injury subforum so thought I might post about my experiences with FAI.
I had FAI in my right hip diagnosed when I was 23. I had an arthroscopy in 2007 and open surgery in 2009 as the arthroscopy was not a success. The arthroscopy was a walk in the park (well, other than finding out I was allergic to codeine while in hospital) compared to the open surgery, which was epic and debilitating, with an extensive and depressing recovery time.
Most people would have no idea that I've had any surgery - I'm a cyclist and will happily ride 100 miles or up hills or whatever. I actually find that if I don't cycle then my hip twinges more. I run and dance and do all sorts of active things, despite the big bits of metal in my hip.
So 4 years on, I'd say that I'm pretty much cured. My right hip is a lot weaker than my left though I've worked hard to strengthen it. The scar tissue in my right hip fused to my ITB which was phenomenally painful. But, if I had to go back in time, would I go through it all again? I honestly don't know. Recovery from open surgery was so awful that I would be keen to get many more opinions before ever putting myself through something like that again.
Operation day + 5 weeks. Walking short distances without a crutch, although painful afterwards, and any kind of slope is more difficult. Any accidental rotation forces through the joint cause a sharp pain, but most of the time pain free when sitting still now. Can now see the rate of improvement slowing, which is to be expected I suppose. The hard work has started now hasn't it.
Some of the range of motion exercises are really difficult, and I'm more prop forward than ultraman so flexibility has never been that good, and even getting to the starting point of some stretches difficult, so need to explore alternatives with physio at next weeks appointment.
This youtube is pretty good, the story is a youngish physio who's had a hip scope done in Ireland, it's day 0 (just after surgery) then he's posed about 20 more if you search by "more videos from this user" , as a video diary of his extremely rapid recovery. One of the comments even disbelieves he is genuine! May be he's got a high pain threshold or his op was less intrusive than some of ours. But I found them worth a watch as he's got knowledge of both the patients and professionals point of view, and gave me some ideas how to adapt the physio into ways that suit my frame better.
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