Day 84: Got Coverage?

I know it’s been a while since my last post. All is well though getting back into a regular routine and working from the office has been exhausting. I had my 2nd post-op visit with the doctor on November 21st. He said that everything looks good and that the bone is healing and filling in where they made the cuts in order to rotate the joint. I also had the doctor put my x-rays side by side so I could see the difference in the coverage of the femoral head before and after (see picture). He released me to start going back to work in the office with limited hours if needed for 2 weeks and then to return full duty on December 9th. It was nice that the Thanksgiving holiday fell in the middle of this time which allowed me to get some rest after the first few days back in the office.

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I have been walking with no crutches for about 2 weeks now. In the first week I was having to use one crutch some in the evenings and I was still taking the crutch with me when I would leave the house. I finally went grocery shopping this past weekend and did not even take the crutch with me. I still have a limp but it is getting better as I strengthen my muscles back up. The therapist is having me walking fast in order to just keep myself moving to avoid the limp or push through it. I have been riding my spin bike every day that I do not have PT and I am now up to 21 minutes on the bike. I started doing the stair climber at therapy last week in addition to standing on a wooden uniplane rocker on one foot and catching the ball! It was like a circus act!!! I asked the therapist if he wanted me to break my ankle…he said I want you to be able to run again 🙂

484_wooden-uniplane-rockerI had my 8th PT visit yesterday. I have noticed over the past two weeks as I am putting my sneakers on while sitting on the floor before riding the spin bike that I could not lift my foot and pull my leg in toward my chest to put my shoe on. It hurts really bad when I do this and something is very tight in my groin area. I mentioned this to the therapist yesterday. He spent some time feeling different muscles and tendons. He finally discovered that it is my pectineus muscle. This muscle is the most anterior adductor of the hip. The muscle does adduct and medially rotate the thigh but its primary function is hip flexion. He spent a lot of time massaging and working this muscle. It was painful and today when I just touch that area it is very sore and sensitive. I just hope that we can get it to feeling better over the next few PT sessions.

I am also sore most days on what I will call my “butt bone”…lower part of my butt where the bone feels like it is pressing against the chair when you sit but the doctor did remind me that total recovery is 6 months and that it is still healing. I know that I need to be patient and that it is going to take time…though that is a lot easier said than done. I am just glad that I am continuing to make each and every day! My scars are also improving getting flatter and less red every day.

Thank you to the individuals who have reached out to me that are preparing for PAO surgery or recovering from PAO surgery. We often think that we are the only one’s going through this. It is great to be able to talk to others who can truly relate to what you have been experiencing and know you are not alone.

3 thoughts on “Day 84: Got Coverage?

  1. My daughter who is now 16 was playing HS volleyball tournament 2 years ago and went down for a ball and came up I terrible pain. We were told she tore her labrum, then that she had hip Dysplasia. One doctor recommended PAO. The other to fix labrum. We chose that option had the surgery last summer and she is still in pain. Now looking at PAO again! Scary!!

  2. Hi Jennie, I recently had pao surgery, I’m now at 77 days post operation. I want to thank you so much for this blog it has really helped me on my journey! I’m 35 and live in Scotland with my husband and 2 young children. It has been very hard with lots of ups and downs but it’s been great reading your story and being able to compare and relate to each and every entry.
    How are you now?
    Lynsey x

    1. Hi Lynsey, I am glad you found my blog helpful on your journey! I am doing well and continue to be pain free. It is definitely a long recovery and I am sure with 2 young children it is even harder. My very busy season for work started in September and I haven’t posted but we have a weekend get away planned at the end of the month which I am going to set aside sometime to write a post. I am actually due with my first child at the end of January/beginning of February. We had put off having a baby because of my hip and the pain. I am so happy to say that I am now into my 3rd trimester with no hip pain and using the elliptical or walking at least 4 days a week! I hope you continue to have a good recovery! I will keep you in my thoughts! Best, Jennie

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