Recovery times/Success stories?
My husband had one several years back (before I met him). Not sure how long it took to recover, he mentions being on crutches for a couple of weeks. I'll ask him tonight, can't imagine it was too long though, he's a man who lives to do sporty stuff. He runs now without any problems.
Update - he says he was back running and playing sport after 10 weeks or so.
Dennis - I was off work for two weeks as I had initially thought before the op thats all I would need. My mate at work had booked her hols so I had to go in for the third week to look after both her and my work (no pressure ) - I really was not ready - was allowed one week on slightly later times - week 4 back to normal rush hour. My GP signed me off for 4 weeks but I managed to get in on double crutches on the London tube system for weeks 3-4. It was not easy and if you can get 4 weeks off if they are planning to shave any bone then go for it. Presumably as they describe it as an impingement you will need this have they given you any guidance?
Agree having had someone else on my usual thread who went through the knee arthroscopy slightly after I had my hip done doesnt seem like the same thing at all...
Was v.hard for me as I do a martial art, run and exercise every day that had to be modified a bit..
Driving - they normally say that when you can do an emergency stop you can drive again. They also say you should be off crutches so for me that was in week 4. I went out with Mr NGUJ initially just to make sure I was okay - I was fine...
One thing you will notice is that you will need a seat on the tubes/trains so I have actually got quite brave and just approach people for one.. initially the physio said to carry your crutches bit like a badge telling people you need to sit down.. how else would they know?
My real recommendation is to get your surgeon to recommend a physio that I think has been so important to have someone who know what they are doing..
I dont think with this sort of surgery that you would actually attempt anything too early but really listen to how your body feels. There is quite a bit of pain but it is finite in that you know that after its done thats it. After the surgery the joint forms scar tissue so its a bit like having the impingement again i.e. a tear but is slightly different so you have to be careful..
Personally I would still go for the op despite the discomfort.. who wants to limit what they can do - certainly I didnt want to...
Dennis - that is precisely what I had. I ran my first two marathons back to back Paris and London within a v.short time and it was some time after that that I first had symptoms - but only when I sat down for long periods of time - in fact a six hour train journey triggered it off. First year I had some physio for six or so weeks and it seemed to sort itself. I was running fine again until this year when I went to Paris and I sat on the Eurostar which was delayed for four hours and it started to flare up. There had been no real problems during my training it was bizarre as if I was being punished for sitting down!!
The second year with it - was much worse and made me decide that I really didnt want to live with the constant pain of it - it felt swollen and throbbing - very wearing. I was told that as the bone was constantly cutting into the cartiledge I would just get more and more tears and as the cartiledge was good it was worth sorting it now getting rid of the extra bone - problem solved and permanently. Unless I had the op I was told that I should not do any high impact work which meant no running and I had to stop my martial art. Doing nothing and continuing high impact work would have ultimately lead to arthritus.
I suspect from what they said that I might have been unlucky and had more bone off than usual. I have a leaflet from my surgeon that I would be happy to email through to you direct if you like which gives even more info if that would help.
Thanks re rehab Do let me know if there is anything else you need info. on this - feel like an expert having been through it all!!
Today arthroscopy is popular technique, lots of people take advantage from this. So the success rate of arthroscopy is high. And you want to concern the recovery time in arthroscopy so i tell you that it takes normally 6 months. hip arthroscopy
You want the FAI thread...
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