I had my 3-week follow-up with the surgeon this morning (even though it’s only been 2.5 weeks). He reaffirmed that I will be non-weight bearing and not allowed to flex my hip past 90 degrees for 6 weeks, which was expected. I did get a prescription for PT to start immediately, and my first appointment is on Tuesday. I also plan to stop taking Percocet tomorrow, and icing my hip is only as needed (probably in the morning and after PT). Overall, he seemed pleased with things, though I think I’ll learn a lot more about how I’m doing once PT starts.
He also said that the incisions are healing well, so I will no longer need to wear band-aids over them, and he wiggled my hip a bit, which didn’t hurt at all – it was just stiff.
Here’s a picture of the larger incision. Pretty, right?
Other notes since my last post:
- I’ve been feeling better in a number of ways over the last few days. My hip has been feeling a little less stiff overall and the mornings have been better, though I’m still the stiffest then. My stomach has also been much better since I discovered prune juice.
- Right now, the hardest part is being patient. Due to post-surgery limitations, I still can’t do things like put on shoes, and it’s difficult to carry anything when using crutches.
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!