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.
Now 1 year post op. Having spent a lot of time on exercises for strengthening core and using hip flexor stretching exercises which seemed to virtually eliminate my slight limp, decided I was ready to try small bits of running.
Twice now have done 5x2 mins run/walk.
But later on in the day I feel a return of groin pain reminiscent of the groin pain I felt when I tried to run post-op.
Any thoughts/similar experiences/tips??
sorry, reminiscent of the groin pain I felt when I tried to run PRE - op , that should read
Parklife, it's a bit early in my own recovery to help with your specific query, but a good few years back I had trouble getting back into running after a fairly serious ankle injury, and in the end a stand-in physio, (ex pro rugby league physio) basically told me to grow a pair, "once the doc says it's fixed, then it's fixed; it will always give some discomfort whenever you push the recovery, trust the doc, accept it's fixed and run through it is the pain is less than OUCH."
No idea if that will help you or wind you up, I promise that I hope for the first!
It initially wound me up at the time, but next time out I ran through discomfort, and as it didn't get worse, I carried on. The next time out, it took longer for the discomfort to come on, and so on. Ten years later I was till getting the occasional twinge for that area, I suppose I'm saying to think whether it's pain from a continuing problem or a reasonable result of pushing on.
Just had my post op consultation (+7 weeks), seems that the wear and tear was at the worse end of what Mr K had anticipated, meaning a longer recovery and potentially less success. But on the bright side, now able to drive a short way, turn legs on a bike (minimum load) and get myself to the swimming pool/gym regularly (because I was relying on lifts until now), so feeling slightly less institutionalized.
Bye bye cash in the attic, whoop whoop
Hi Parklife and all, HNY!!
I would be wary of the groin pain you are getting. I had a scan before xmas as the groin pain I am getting is almost worse than pre-op. No idea what they will find or do if they find something has gone wrong. The operation I had was pretty straight forward, just a small cartiladge repair, so no idea what is wrong now, unless its come apart !?!
I did pick up exerise classes and 20mins of running about 3 months post op, but have had to cut it back as the impact (strangely not the running) hurt hip.
Even when I have done hardly any exercise I get the pain, specifically at night
Hope you get on better soon!
Shame Rebecca, hope you get some answers from your scan.
Miami Mike, I (partially) took your advice, and after a few days rest and core work, decided this time I would try exercise bike, though no running, as a way back into activity. Have done this x5 weekly past 2 weeks and the hip is coping I would say! Have graded up resistance so this eve did an hour burning 620 cals - not a bad work out at times pretty stiff resistance and lovely to have sweaty cardio back in my life! Pray it remains.
Have to stretch extensively before and after. The limp slightly returns after, slight twinges of pain, so not perfect.
I figure another few sessions of this to strengthen and waken up hip then I try short light running again.
My hunch- I will be able to cope with cycling (which I would take!) but am less sure of running ability, there is a general feeling of lack of nimbleness in hip.
You may not believe this, and the surgeon was VERY surprised.....I initially had a very small tear repaired in April....and it has re-torn, quite a lot more badily than the inital tear so I am now waiting to have it repaired for a second time....can't believe it, having to go through it all again . He said he only seen it happen 3 times in 6 years...must be a special case. They therefore not surprised I been in pain.
Parklife, hope all is going well for you, and to others too, just want to feel normal now and get this finished. Mr Conroy did say there is a possibility they won't be able to fix it, something to do with the structrure they used to fix the inital tear being stuck, if this is the case they remove the whole cartiladge, anyone have any ideas on whether that is good or bad? Conroy said it can be good because it cant tear anymore, but, the jury is out as to whether it needs to be there to act as a 'cushion'....hmmm
Rebecca, that is such rotten, rotten misfortune.
At least you have got answers.
I really can't advise about possible removal of cartilage though if it were my body I would be very cautious, surely some cartilage better than none? I would recommend more research on your part. I sometimes think surgeons see things in black and white, but its your body.
Sorry can't be of more help, except to say I hope to purchase this book 'the entrepreneurial patient' by Anna Thomas; all to do with being an FAI victim.
Op booked for the 27th March, or sorry re-op, fingers crossed, hope you are all well and getting there with things!
that is despearate Rebecca but I hope things will begin to go in the right direction for you. Sorry for the pain you are in.
I am OK. Had a good January, virtually no pain, slight limp vanished, was walking freely for first time in a year and had cardio through cycling back. All was well.
Then I upped my cycling from 40 miles to a 70 mile blast and the next day some discomfort came back and 3 weeks later hasn't gone again.
Strange thing is the discomfort is over my greater trochanter - I never had any pain here, and not where it was previously (mostly down the groin) Slight limp now also makes a reappearance.
Discomfort in unoperated side slightly going up and will need done at some point
Rebecca - the re-tear, do you remember an 'incident' where this might have happened and what was it, or was it a retear that just seems to have happened under normal activities?
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