I have not updated about my hip in awhile because not a lot has been new. I have been slowly making some progress with pain management. It is 1.5 years post op since my third right hip surgery for FAI. Over the summer I made quite a bit of improvement. I don’t use any crutches or walking aids anymore. When I go to the airport I don’t need a wheel chair to get through security unless I’m flying International or its a crazy long line. Also in the last month I have been walking Penny about six blocks a day without my scooter. The blocks in my neighborhood are short blocks and not official city blocks (10 to a mile) so I would estimate 6 blocks at less than half a mile. Penny loves her walks but wants me to walk faster. I think she prefers the scooter because we can walk really fast and really far for a really long time! I have a chubby chihuahua who loves to exercise.
- Walk Penny six blocks no scooter compared to zero blocks just a month ago
- Can go to a party, dog park, and stand for about 45 minutes
- I can do most of my housework
- Go shopping for about 45 minutes without a break (this one is important)
- Less pain at night while sleeping
- Less pain at rest
- Go to the gym but have to be careful.
All these improvements are great but my hip still hurts quite a bit. My hip is better than what it was but it is still not a normal joint. The joint is very unstable, and slippery and I often feel my joint rolling and slipping around in the socket if I step too suddenly or step sideways. Everything I do has to be calculated and I always worry about what my hip can take that day. I can’t do all the things I would like to like travel (flying kills my hip) and sightseeing, hiking, half day shopping, exercising, yoga, biking. Also, I get very tired from dealing with all the pain -its exhausting and I wish I could devout more energy NOT to pain management.
If I want a life where my hip is not holding me back from things I want to do, I will need a hip replacement. I sent my file over to a couple doctors inquiring about a non hip replacement surgery called a Periacetabular Osteotomy (PAO) surgery. Both surgeons said that surgery would probably not help and that I need a hip replacement if I want to feel better.
Right now I am not sure if I should do a hip replacement yet. Daily, I am still struggling with a lot of pain, but so many things can go wrong with a hip replacement surgery. I see my surgeon in one week so I will discuss all of my concerns with him and see what his opinion is on whether I should get a hip replacement or get a second opinion about a PAO surgery.
I am going to consult with more doctors and think about whether I am ready for another big surgery. Surgery is very difficult on your body and difficult emotionally and I have to take time of work and from my hobbies that I enjoy. Plug all of the rehab, exercises and time devoted to physical therapy. A hip replacement is not something I am looking forward to.