Like everything, you spend so much time in anticipation of something you’re waiting for, and then it’s quickly here and gone! That is no different with my recent hip surgery.
It was my third time going “under the knife” on this right hip. My initial injury was the result of a Shaun T Insanity workout that tore my labrum and iliopsoas tendon, as well as leaving me with some hip impingement. The surgery was a success, and life went on. That is, until I had this idea during COVID, that while everyone else was sitting around putting on the pounds, I was going to get into the best shape of my life. It was a great idea until I participated in a cross fit style workout and once again, tearing my labrum. That time, I tore it worse than the second, but at least my tendons were in good shape (have to look on the bright side). Also, at least while he was in there, he was also able to repair some abnormal bone growth. That was in November 2020.
After the second surgery, I wasn’t progressing as well as the first. Many individuals were kind enough to remind me I was six years older this time around, and that I may not heal as easily or quickly. That was quite accurate, upon realizing there was a third tear to the labrum! Although, I’m not exactly sure how I did it that time. So, I went back into surgery on November 5, 2021.
Eleven days later and I am doing great! I have not taken anything for pain! Yesterday, I went for my post-op appointment, which was rather insightful. My surgeon agreed I am doing well, but there are more questions than answers for what my future hip health looks like. During the surgery, he discovered my labrum is ossifying (turning to bone) and I have some arthritis that has formed. Because he did not see those things only one year prior, I was concerned about how quickly they had formed, and what that means going forward. Unfortunately, there is no real way to tell. He explained that some people may progress very quickly, while others it may be years before any further progression occurs. Therefore, he said we will take this one day at a time, and as I continue to see him for subsequent post op appointments, he will continue to evaluate my situation.
What’s next? I get to gradually transition off crutches this week! Woohoo! These things are such a pain! Also, I will start physical therapy and work toward being 100% again. Stay tuned for more updates!