I realized a lot of FAI blogs lack a timeline for those who read the blog well after the author completes their recovery and stops posting.  For reference, here is a timeline of events:

  • Early 2012: I began Olympic-style weightlifting (deadlifts, cleans, front squats, etc.); this may not be relevant to my development of FAI, but I thought I would mention it
  • Throughout 2012: occasional “popping” of my left hip, accompanied by pain, most commonly when getting out of the car.  My right hip would also pop, though less frequently, and without pain
  • 1/3/2013: significant pain in my left hip/groin after playing volleyball.  The discomfort made walking difficult for ~3 days, and would flair up again with activity
  • Mid-January 2013: saw an Orthopedist about the pain; he mentioned the possibility of a labrum tear, but prescribed physical therapy to see if the problem could be fixed that way
  • Late January to Early February 2013: three weeks of physical therapy made my hip feel better, though I stopped participating in other physical activity during that time.  Upon resuming activity, the pain came back
  • Mid-February 2013: met with the orthopaedist again, and decided the next option was a cortisone injection, which I scheduled for early March
  • Early March: cortisone injection provided a very small amount of relief from the pain for a day or two; beyond that I was back in the pattern of discomfort following activity, with rest providing relief – this meant that surgery was the next step
  • Throughout March: I met with 4 different hip surgeons to discuss the surgery and to choose my surgeon; at that point, my surgery was scheduled for April 30th
  • 4/24/2013: Pre-Op appointment at hospital to discuss risks and anesthesia options
  • 4/30/2013: Surgery
  • 5/2/2013: Left the house for the first time since surgery (trip to an ice cream shop)
  • 5/17/2013: Two-and-a-half week follow-up with surgeon
  • 5/18/2013: Stopped taking Percocet
  • 5/21/2013: Drove and went into work for the first time
  • 5/22/2013: First physical therapy session
  • 6/1/2013: Slept on my side for the first time
  • 6/6/2013: Removed the glue covering my incision
  • 6/10/2013: Rode a stationary bike for the first time
  • 6/12/2013: Walked with one crutch and used the leg press machine for the first time
  • 6/18/2013: Walked without crutches for the first time
  • 6/25/2013: Used a single crutch for the last time; completely crutch-free now
  • 7/2/2013: Walked a quarter-mile on the treadmill for the first time
  • 7/12/2013: Jogged for the first time

9 thoughts on “Timeline

  1. Thank you so much for sharing your experience, it will be quite helpful once I get a surgery date set and move forward with labral repair. My question is, did you meet with 4 different surgeons from the same practice or did you seek separate opinions? I have a detached labral tear as well as a partially torn glute medius and want to know if I should seek a 2nd opinion? Also, did you travel outside of your area or stick with a local surgeon?

    • Hi Dee,

      I met with 4 surgeons from 3 different practices. Ultimately, they all recommended arthroscopic surgery, though two were unable to perform it themselves (one only performed open surgery, and the other was unavailable due to upcoming surgery on his own knee). Both of these two recommended the one I ended up choosing, which was a big deal to me (it was nice to hear, essentially, “As a hip expert, this is what I think you need. I can’t do it, but surgeon X is very good at it.”). One of these recommendations came from within the same practice, the other from a different practice.

      I would consider seeking a second opinion. I’m not a medical expert, but I feel people should have as much information as possible. I did not leave my local area, but I would definitely have been willing to if I felt most comfortable with someone not near me. I have heard about people traveling quite some distance to see a specialist.

      Good luck finding the right solution for you!

      • Hi Brian- I’m likely going to have to get a similar surgery soon and yours was the first fai blog I pulled up while doing my research. I saw you mention Bev’s ice cream, and guess what- I’m in Richmond too! Would love to hear who your surgeon was. My sports med doc is recommending someone in NOVA, but I’m not sure how i feel about that. Feel free to email me!

      • Hi Memory, it’s a small world! I’d trust your gut, but perhaps you should at least meet the doctor in NOVA before you make a decision? Good luck!

  2. Thanks so much for taking the time to answer.
    I do find it refreshing to hear that an ortho actually referred you to another surgeon, kudos to them for making sure you were in good hands!
    I met with my surgeon today and have set up a surgery date for the labral tear only. I’m probably just going just stick with him and not seek a 2nd opinion due to the fact that I found out that my pt’s wife had a labral tear repaired by him, and if he trusts him then I feel confident moving forward.
    The non weight-bearing is gonna be tough, but I figure what’s 4-6 weeks after having dealt with this for 4 years.
    I hope you continue to heal at a nice steady pace and are able to pursue whatever dreams/goals you have set moving forward! 🙂

    Take care,

  3. This has been really helpful to read through! I was just diagnosed a few weeks ago and have scheduled my surgery for the first day of my Christmas break, I will have two weeks off before returning to classes. I was hoping you might be able to answer a few questions about your experiences, but I realize this blog is fairly old and you may not check it very often, but I would love to hear from you! My email is ajs.wiley@gmail.com, Thank you!

    • Hi Alena,
      Unless the questions are quite personal in nature, I think it’s better to ask them here. This way others can benefit from hearing the answers, too!

  4. Thank you for taking the time to write this.
    I am 8 weeks post op and still sore after walking 10 to 20 blocks per day ( not at once). I will drive up to 15 to 30 minutes per day if needed, maybe 2-3 times a week. I have a flight of stairs to climb into my building, I make 3 trips on them per day ( one step at a time). I was planning to go back to work by now, but I don’t feel healed enough. I am a nurse and my work is very rigorous, requires a lot of bending, squatting, pushing and pulling. I was very active before. I can sit for much longer periods without irritation ( that was the most uncomfortable thing to do before the surgery, besides extreme soreness for 3 days after a short run (2 miles)). I have mentioned this to my therapist and the surgeon and no one seems alarmed. I feel afraid because I am not sure. You sound like you were in better shape. I was on crutches for 10 days post op with flat foot weight bearing. Then I used one crutch and 2 weeks ago, the therapist said use it for long walks. Last week no crutch. I am a little scared, I would love to hear from everyone.

    • Hi Beth,

      Actually, to me it sounds like you are ahead of my schedule. I was completely non-weight-bearing for 5.5/6 weeks. By week 7 I was walking with one crutch, and shortly after that without crutches. And I still get sore after activity, which is something that I may have to live with. Just stay positive!

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