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Since I had my surgery, I have had multiple emails wanting more answers and thanking me for telling my story. I found that when I had surgery, there were little answers out there other than medical studies.
I decided I should combine the posts in one place to make it easier for you to follow. If you came here looking for the reality of what this surgery is like, you came to the right place. Not everyone’s injury and surgery is the same, but this should give you some guidance.
I was initially injured in January of 2013 at the 3M 1/2 Marathon. The pain literally brought me to my knees in the middle of the race and my hip was swollen within a few hours of finishing the race. I struggled with IT band and glute issues for several years, and I now wonder if it was all coming from the issues in my hip.
I had an MRI with an injection to see if the pain would go away and was given PT for 4 weeks to initially see if it was actually the tear or weak glutes causing the pain.
The pain did not go away and I then had to get a hip arthogram and have dye injected into my hip and have another MRI. I didn’t really trust my doc at Emory and decided to find another one who came highly recommended, Dr. Jon Hyman (he trained under Dr.Byrd who is one of the experts in hip surgery/issues in Nashville).
Within a few minutes of my appointment with Dr. Hyman, he told me what I didn’t want to hear. It was time to have surgery. The pain would never go away, it could flare up and be painful or be okay…but if I didn’t have surgery I would have to spend the rest of my life running as best as I could with pain on and off. That wasn’t worth it to me and I decided to have surgery.
To be clear, RUNNING DID NOT CAUSE THIS INJURY. I had extra bone that rubbed against the labrum. I scheduled my surgery for April 9th, 2013 and Dr.Hyman would shave down the bone and the tear. I had a mild freakout before the surgery (and you can see pics of my MRI and the bone that was sticking out).
To say that the surgery sucked is an understatement (honestly, almost a year later I had forgotten how bad it was until I read my post again). Had I not had my wonderful family, I would’ve been way worse off. You forget how much you do until you can’t. I was very lucky that my labrum wasn’t detached and that saved me an additional 2 weeks on crutches (only had to do 2) and it made my PT go by faster.
The first few weeks were pretty tough, emotionally and physically.
I did my best to track each week post op so that I could follow my progression. You can see over time that I was able to add exercises and time to exercises (you will get tidbits of my life in some of these posts-not just hip info, so you may have to scroll through some).
2 months post surgery– back to back workouts, time on the elliptical, and a one mile walk.
Weeks 10,11,12– up to 35 minutes on the elliptical and the go ahead on pool running and private pilates.
I was old I could start pool running. It wasn’t my favorite way to exercise, but it got me back into a running routine. If you have to have this surgery and your PT/doc doesn’t suggest pool running, ASK for it.
Week 16 and Week 17. In addition to pool running, I was able to use the AlterG. If you can find one in your area and you have had this surgery, get on this machine. It may be a bit pricey, but it’s worth it.
And just like doc predicted, it would be August before I went running. I went for my first run/walk at the end of August 2013.
My final appointment with Dr.Hyman was in September of 2013 and I was free to continue on as I wanted.
In October of 2013, I was able to get rid of the run/walk and just RUN.
As of February 2014, my speed is coming back and I am adding speed work back in. I have added in tempo runs and hill repeats and will add in yasso 800s when the chiro gives me the go ahead (I would guess the next month or so). I will run half marathons through out the spring 0f 2014 to build my base and will run the NYC Marathon in November of 2014.
For me, almost a year later, the key has been to maintain chiropractor appointments, get sports massages, cross train, LISTEN TO MY BODY, stretch REALLY well, and do my hip exercises AT LEAST 5 days a week. My hip still gets tight here and there (mainly from work and driving a lot) but I can 100% say that having the surgery was totally worth it.
Any more questions?? Feel free to email me!