I could swear that I wrote a two week post op report, but either I didn’t or the Internet ate it.
Anyway, I am now four weeks out from my hip labrum repair and FAI revision surgery. And I have been feeling pretty good!
My surgeon cleared me to being weight bearing at my two week follow up appointment. I am now able to walk short distances, such as around the house, without the aid crutches; for longer trips, I still use one crutch, mostly to help with fatigue. I am still limping, but I have been putting a lot of effort into regaining a normal gait.
I returned to work eighteen days after my surgery. I am happy to report that I am already much more comfortable sitting at my desk than I was prior to the surgery! Due to strict post-surgical activity restrictions, this is the first symptom that I have really been able to evaluate since the procedure.
Those activity restrictions include no elliptical, no jogging, and no abdominal exercises that involve the hip. Lower body exercises (squats, lunges, the leg press) remain off limits, too. My physical therapist just started reintroducing lateral hip movements, but most of my exercises continue to focus on breaking up scar tissue and walking normally.
In addition to walking, I have been focused on healing my surgical incisions. I have three small (one inch) incisions, which I have been massaging daily. I use this Vitamin E gel on the incisions, then moisturizing the entire area with cocoa butter. It takes a long time to do thoroughly, and it can be painful, but two of my incisions are already visibly lighter and smoother. The third incision was slower to heal (and was not fully closed when my stitches were removed), but it is also starting to soften.
With one month behind me, I finally feel like I am getting back to myself. I am so happy that I elected to have this surgery, but I am even happier that the first month of recovery is behind me. And while I am terribly impatient to get back to more strenuous activity, at least I am no longer house-bound. We even went to the pool last weekend! That stubborn third portal prevented me from getting in the water, but I was just happy to be there.