Hip Arthroscopy: Day 5 Post-Op

Over the last few days, things have been roughly the same.  The first 30 minutes of the day are the worst – I wake up feeling sore all over, and it’s hard to move.  Applying ice makes my hip feel better, and eating breakfast makes the rest of my body feel better, so it takes about half an hour to feel up to anything in the morning.

Last night I was able to get out of the house for almost 5 hours, as Erin and I went to a cook out a friend’s house.  My activity level wasn’t any different, as I mostly sat in one place for the entire evening (except for a brief moment when I showed off some new tricks on the crutches, below), but it felt great to be outside and with people.  Today, I was also able to get out to watch my flag football team play.  Leaving the house has meant I’ve gotten better at navigating the stairs on crutches.

Crutches Tricks!

I’d  say that Day 3 & 4 were the worst in terms of stiffness and soreness in my hip.  I never really felt terrible, but it was concerning to feel a little worse than I had previously.  Today (Day 5) has been better.

Other notes about Day 3-5:

  • I continue to ice my hip 4+ times per day for at least 20 minutes (sometimes I’ll leave the ice machine on for 20-30 mins, then turn it off and leave the cold pad on for a while longer).
  • My passive range of motion increased a little more; I’d say around 70-75 degrees.  It feels like I could do more if I wanted to invite pain, but I have no plans to do that.
  • The movie Next was entertaining, though no masterpiece.  I also re-watched The Blind Side, which was the best movie I’ve seen since my surgery (given the list of titles, was there ever any doubt?).
  • I took the bandage off the small incision on Day 3, and was finally allowed to shower.  The incision is being held closed by glue, and looks like it’s in good shape.
  • Showering using a shower bench is awkward, but necessary.

Are you recovering from surgery for FAI or a torn labrum?  I’d love to hear how your recovery is going – feel free to post a comment below!

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