Hip Arthroscopy: Day 9 Post-Op

I mentioned in my last post that I would be cutting down on the Percocet.  Well, I’m definitely feeling the impact; in the mornings in particular, my hip has been more sore over the last couple days than it was during the first week.  Currently, I’m taking 1-2 Percocets in the morning, one Tramadol twice during the day, and one Percocet before I go to bed.

There’s really nothing else new to report about my recovery.  I’m still not allowed to put any weight on my operated hip, and my good leg is feeling sore as a result.  I think I’m getting more and more capable around the house, except for one incident tonight.  Trying to get into the shower, the stool I use nearly flipped over (I get into the shower by sitting on a stool from the outside, then pivoting into the shower).  I’m pretty sure I didn’t do any damage trying to catch myself, but it scared the !*%^ out my anyway.

Other notes from Day 9:

  • Doing nothing all day really takes its toll; I feel tired from the lack of activity, then when I actually do something, it doesn’t take much to run out of energy (sort of like a lack of conditioning, I suppose).
  • I’m still in a place where the pain isn’t too bad at all, but I’m (impatiently) waiting for my hip to start feeling stronger.  Along those lines, I’m very eager for my three-week follow-up with my surgeon in 8 days, and the fact that I will start PT shortly after.

Are you recovering from surgery for FAI or a torn labrum, or considering it?  I’d love to hear how you’re doing – feel free to post a comment or question below!


12 thoughts on “Hip Arthroscopy: Day 9 Post-Op

  1. My surgery is scheduled at the end of June. I’m not in pain all the time. Sometimes it just hits me out of the blue if i move a certain way or if I’m sitting for too long. A lot of what I’m reading makes me realize a lot of people are in debilitating pain, while I’m not. And ibuprofen usually helps. What was your experience before surgery?

  2. Hi Karen,

    Similar to your experience, I wasn’t in pain all the time, only after certain physical activities. I also read the stories about debilitating pain, and I’m hoping that my own lack of constant pain will result in a better surgery outcome than those people have experienced (I’m not a doctor though, so I have no idea if this will be true or not).

    While not being in pain all the time made the decision to have surgery more difficult, finding out post-op that my labrum was torn helped me make peace with the decision.

    Good luck with your surgery, I’m rooting for you!

  3. Hi Brian,

    You’re right about the decision being harder if there isn’t constant pain. And at 52, I know there is at least some arthritis in that joint, but how much, who knows? I, too, hope that the lack of a lot of pain means not so much arthritis and a better recovery. I do have a labral tear that was confirmed by MRA as well as FAI. This is such a lifestyle thing. I want to be able to golf, play tennis, and do yoga again without doing damage. I am still on the elliptical every day and doing PT exercises to strengthen the hip for surgery. But there is so much time to think about it! It’s great to read about your experiences, and I hope things continue to go well for you!


    • Karen,

      I know what you mean about there being a lot of time to think about it. I felt like surgery day would never come, and then the weekend before, I suddenly felt I had to do everything on two legs, as though I soon wouldn’t be able to do so ever again. Erin had to keep reminding me that it was only for 6 weeks!

  4. Hi Brian,

    Thank you for starting this blog. I have also been diagnosed with a thorn labrum and FAI. There are a lot mixed results out there so it’s hard to justify surgery. It seems that the pain started to get noticeable after a hard fall onto my right knee about 1.5-2 years ago. After the initial diagnosis two months ago I’ve definitely been paying more attention to the hip, my activity level, movement and pain. Initially I would assume that my glutes were simply tight from physical activity so I’d try to stretch and ignore the problem.

    Giving yourself time to rest definitely helps. PT also helps but once you start pushing yourself physically the pain comes back. Based on some of my research I think that maintaining a strong core, proper posture and correct gait can help alleviate the symptoms. Although this is easier said than done and takes a lot of effort. The bottom line is that the torn labrum won’t heal on it’s own and you can’t address the impingement without surgery…

    I’m scheduled for a second visit with my surgeon at the end of June. Given that the wait time for surgery with this particular specialist is about a year I might opt to put my name on the list.

    I’m wishing you speedy recovery, keep us updated and Karen, the best of luck with your surgery!

    • You are right that these things will not heal themselves. For me, the decision to have surgery was influenced by the fact that I do not want to modify my activity level in the long term.

      Good luck with your second consult!

  5. Hi Brian,

    Just wanted to say thank for the Blog thus far. I am going under the knife for unilateral FAI impingement and labrum tear on the 25th of this month and will continue to follow your recovery both pre and post surgery. It’s good to have something so recent to follow.

    At he age of 29 the decision to have surgery was an absolute ‘no brainer’. I have lived a very active lifestyle over the past 10 years and I will do anything to keep that up, or at least maximise my activity levels.

    I am definitely not looking forward to the weeks and weeks of a sedentary life style and unfortunately I will be on my own allot for the first 5 days. I have been advised that I will be on crutches for 4 weeks. How does this compare with the timeframe your surgeon has provided? Was your surgery arthroscopic?

    Good luck with the rest of your recovery. I think you will start seeing rapid improvements over the next fortnight.


    • Hi Pete,

      My surgeon told me to expect ~2 weeks on crutches if the labrum wasn’t torn, or ~6 weeks if it was. Turns out it was torn, so I’m looking at 6 weeks. My surgery was arthroscopic, though one of the two incisions was opened a bit more to give him additional room to work (about 2 inches long).

      I’m very sorry to hear that you will be alone for the first few days. I recommend doing everything you can to find someone to help you (especially with things like getting up out of bed, moving your meals from the counter to the kitchen table, and putting your shoes on). I believe that having someone around was the most important factor for me during the first week.

      Good luck with your surgery!

  6. Hi Guys,

    I’m wondering about your activity levels before you found out about this injury. Also how bad was or is your pain after doing activities? I was a bit stunned to find out about the torn labour and impingement, especially since I never had any trouble with my hips. I was never an avid runner, and always been mindful of high impact sports. I used to mountain bike frequently (weekends) and then dance salsa (up to 3 days a week). I can remember two distinct incidents where I took a fall to onto my right knee which may have contributed to this condition, but otherwise I’m guessing it’s simply repetitive motion.

    Speedy recovery Brian and good luck on your surgery Pete.


      • I’m 6 days out since hip arthroscopy to repair a labral tear & FAI. I would recommend for anyone getting this surgery to stay on a high fiber diet & even take a daily stool softener as constipation is one of the unpleasant side effects of the medication. I’ve been able to cycle 20 min a day since the day after surgery and the pain is minimal. Looking forward to weaning off the meds so I don’t feel so tired all the time.

      • Mel,

        I couldn’t agree more about the fiber and stool softener. I did this during the first few weeks, and it definitely helped.

        That’s really cool that you are able to cycle. I wasn’t allowed until three weeks post-op. Good luck the rest of the way!


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