Am I the first?
Eh up sports fans,
I did a search on this and came up with a blank. I've just been diagnosed by an orthopaedic surgeon as suffering from femeroacetabular impingement, which all you physiology experts will work out is trouble caused by irregular bone matter in the ball and socket joint of the thigh and hip.
Choices I've been given are keyhole surgery or give up running. Some choice. So has anyone been diagnosed and/or had surgery / other course of action to get it sorted?
Officially I haven't given the go-ahead for surgery but there doesn't appear to be a whole lot of choice, and I just want to get it sorted and get back running. Just want to make sure I'm doing the right thing.
Phil - I have pmed you.
I have actually been on a day course for trainees practising a similar operation on sawbones (anatomical models) and its pretty grusome, but FAI has almost zero chance of self retification so if the pain is serious enough then they almost always recommend surgery (even though there is a risk it can make the condition worse).
I would say you would need the diagnosis confirmed with 3d scans if possible as a first point of call.
NGUG - thanks for the info. Yes it's a delicate region and I don't want to think too long about what will be going on down there but as long as it gets sorted that's the main thing. Now that you're back running, does it feel as though it's completely back to normal? Is it the sort of thing that might be likely to reoccur?
Curly - thanks again for any referral information. Much appreciated.
Fido - many thanks for the info. Yes I suspect mine's not so manageable since the 'impingement' in question is extremely noticeable (even though it doens't show up on an MRI!) so I think there will be some serious chiselling involved, or whatever they do.
NGUG - I'm in London. Any referral info gratefully received.
No, just a straightforward MRI, no funny stuff.
Curly's given me some very useful referral info (thanks again!) which i've passed on to my GP. I'm hopeful of being seen next by someone who is a bit of an authority on the procedure, so I would hope that if they're not entirely happy with the current ortho's diagnosis they could refer me for further scans if necessary.
I realise i'm a bit late with this, but I thought i'd write it anyway in case anyone else sticks Hip Arthroscopy into the search tool.
In 2007 (aged 28) I was a keen footballer and runner, but noticed what I thought was a slight groin strain before a match. Went through all the usual rest routine but it remained for three months so I went to the GP. Physio didn't fix it, after which I went through 18 months of misdirection and misdiagnosis from a host of physios, specialists, and orthopaedic surgeons.
During this time i kept running (they all said it was fine), despite the increasing pain i'd feel when I was doing it. Luckily a doctor friend of mine did a secondment in orthopaedics and got her boss to see me as a favour. One arthogram/x-ray later and i was diagnosed with FAI due to a bone growth on my femur and damage to the acetabulum.
The decision to have surgery was a no-brainer as I was in a lot of pain, my body was totally lopsided and I just wanted to get back to sport. I had the arthroscopy in Dec 2009 and began the recovery. Sadly my expectations were a little bit high, as the surgeon told me the damage to my cartilage in my hip was so bad that I would definitely get arthritis and need a hip replacement later in life. He advised me to give up football and running completely ( I was quite shocked at 30 years old) - I haven't kicked a ball since and limit my running to the very infrequent 30mins here and there.
To the point - I am still in pain all over my lower body (the body compensating for one injury causes another - knees, hip, groin, ankle, you name it). I can't run. I can't play football. I do maintain the subscription here to inspire me, and in all honesty I don't regret the operation - the damage was already done and i'm not in as much pain as prior to it. It was the two years of misdiagnosis that did for me I think.
I guess if I could give some advice from my disappointing experience it would be to value your rights as a patient above all else and don't be afraid to get second, or third opinions. I don't think FAI will just fix itself so this relatively fledging surgery may be the only solution at the moment.
I don't mean to be one of the "hard luck stories", and i'm sure a lot of people have positive outcomes. Sadly for me running is now a thing of the past and I'm stuck with volunteering at races to be part of the occasion these days
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