Hip Arthroscopy: Week 9 Post-Op

Nine weeks after surgery, and while I thought I’d be farther along at this point, at least there seems to be steady improvement.  But what I really wanted to share today is a great example of how there can be good days and bad days.

Yesterday was one of the bad days.  My hips were stiff (both of them actually) and my groin and hip flexors were particularly bothersome.  The discomfort in my groin was similar to what I’d experienced before surgery it was there all day.  I walked with a limp most of the day and by the evening, I didn’t really feel like doing much.  It all created one of those is-this-ever-going-to-get-better moods.

But then today was a great day! When I woke up, my hips were feeling loose, and the pain in my groin muscles had dissipated (it should be noted that last night I stretched my groin for the first time since surgery).  I walked without a limp and at PT, we made two positive changes: 1) increased the weight on the leg press from 45 to 60 lbs, and 2) walked on the treadmill for the first time.

The treadmill was the exciting part; I walked at a 24-minute mile pace, which felt faster than I’d been walking lately, and at a 2% grade.  I was surprised to actually get a bit winded just from walking, but my hip felt good after 7 minutes.  And I suppose when your activity level is so low for so long, it doesn’t take much to get tired.  For me, it was great timing to get on the treadmill.  I’m travelling to NYC next week and want to be able to do some walking, and the fact that we used the treadmill today gives me the confidence to keep increasing the walking I do between now and then.

Just a reminder that things can be up and down for some time after surgery.

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!


2 thoughts on “Hip Arthroscopy: Week 9 Post-Op

  1. Brian,

    I’m finding your blog very helpful and I just had my hip arthroscopy done yesterday actually. Did your surgeon even mention that he did a procedure called “Microfracture”? My surgeon told me that I could either be on crutches for 2 weeks or 6 weeks depending on whether or not he did a microfracture procedure, which is repairing the articular cartilage. Fortunately I did not have that procedure and will be on crutches for 2 weeks.

    I also come from a similar background like yours, I was a competitive Olympic weightlifter and was very active in power/speed sports before the FAI became unbearable. I look forward to seeing your continued progress back into the activities you once did (especially olympic lifts!).


    • Hi Kyle,

      My surgeon did not specifically mention microfracture, however, I believe that is part of the labral repair process. My surgeon did give me the “2 weeks or 6 weeks” timeframe, depending on whether the labrum needed repairing (and I got 6 weeks). It sounds like the same thing, with different terminology. Lucky for you, not needing it!

      Thanks for reading, I hope to bring good news in the coming weeks and months (just ran for the first time yesterday, but only for a minute or so).

      Good luck in your recovery,

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