Hip Arthroscopy: Day 28 Post-Op

I can’t believe it’s been 4 weeks since my surgery!  Time has flown!

(I’m kidding, it’s very much dragging on)

Before my surgery, a lot of the blogs I read mentioned that “there would be good days and bad days.”  It was a bit difficult to believe; I figured that if you’re healing, then unless you do something to cause a set back, each day should be better than the last, right?  Well, I think I understand what those bloggers meant.

A few days ago, I was feeling great.  Coming off my second PT session, my hip was feeling looser (in a good way) than it had since the surgery, there was almost no soreness, and my morale was high.  However, a busy Saturday and a potentially poor decision to stop taking ibuprofen left me stiff in my operated-on leg, as well as sore in my good leg (it is doing all the work, after all).  I also haven’t slept as well the last few night for no discernible reason.

The bottom line is, I now understand how there can be good and bad days.  Sometimes you wake up feeling great, like you’ll be fully healed in no time.  Other days, you just feel stiff and sore all over.  I’m hoping to phase out the bad days in the next 4-8 weeks.

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

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6 thoughts on “Hip Arthroscopy: Day 28 Post-Op

  1. Your blog has been very helpful. My husband is set to have this surgery at the end of June and your blog answered a lot of his recovery questions. A few questions though….1. Did you have any numbness in the groin area after your surgery? 2. In your first few days post-op, did you have any hip pain like the pain you had prior to the surgery? About the second question, my husband’s fear is that the pain will still be there after the surgery. Hope you are having more good days

    • Hi Betsy,

      I’m glad you’ve found this blog helpful. To answer your questions, I did not experience any numbness in my groin, but I was given general anesthesia, so none was expected. I understand the risks of numbness are greater with local anesthesia.

      For your second question, I did have some similar discomfort on occasion after my surgery, but nothing too intense and only on occasion. I don’t actually know if it is normal or not, but I remember thinking at the time that if my original pain was caused by a torn labrum, and the surgeon just recently stitched it back onto the bone, then some labrum-related pain seemed acceptable. Please know I’m no expert though!

      Good luck to you and your husband!

  2. I just had this surgery two weeks ago, and I’m interested to see how my recovery goes compared to yours, which seems to be going pretty well considering! I’m so glad to read a blog that has largely positive results to share, too, since so many focus on negative experiences.

  3. I am 4 weeks post-op from fai, labral repair and cartilage debridement plus torn ligament terres. I’m still using crutches when walking outside but probably 75% weight bearing at the same time. My set back is that I am experiencing the same pain in my groin that I experienced pre-surgery. It mostly happens with internal rotation of my hip or severe external rotation. As you mentioned above I have heard that it can take a couple months for the torn labrum to heal and thus may feel as though it did prior to surgery. Have you or anyone else experienced this and at what point did the pain improve? Also I’m supposed to fly to the Caribbean on Thursday (I know! I should be so excited!) but I’m nervous about the potential pain and stiffness from prolonged sitting – it’s a 4 hour direct flight. Any thoughts or similar experiences and advice? Thanks!

    • Hi Laura,

      I don’t have many personal experiences like that to share with you, though 75% weight-bearing at 4 weeks is faster than me! Nice!
      As for the flight, I recommend moving about when you can, even if it’s just crutching down the aisle, to avoid stiffness. Maybe that will help? I’m not a doctor though, so if one gives you different advice, definitely follow his/her advice!

      Good luck, and enjoy your trip!
      Brian

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