How is it a week already?? I’ve been home since day1 post op, and I’ve been doing ok so far.
Well I say that, had a few hiccups post op day 6 and 7, mainly because my dihydrocodeine and paracetamol has now been switched to co-codamol, which is a huge difference in pain felt, overall wellness and fatigue too. I never realized it in would be such a change. And I’d been doing a bit much Physio wise, so pain had flared up.
As I’ve had prior extensive surgeries before, I now know hand on heart, I never gave this surgery the respect its due. Its far bigger than the mere 1/2 inch scars portray, and the lack of real info on why to do or not do things is shocking. I’m the type of person that likes to be told why they have certain protocols, and rules. Helps me understand the healing process more, less likely to push it if I know consequences.
However I did not, until I reached out to other Hip Arthroscopy Warriors, and once they said, the Anchors can ache, or swelling and pain is normal towards the glutes. And why not to over do the Physio, it made more sense to listen and accept that recovery is boring, but better to do it slowly than rush and undo it.
As far as I understand it, the soft tissue in the labrum can be easily retorn if you are too active in the early days, and the hip capsule is loose from traction. The hip needs a few weeks to settle down and get tighter in the joint, before I stress it out.
I have dusted off my areobic step, as I don’t have any stairs or steps in my home, so to get that range of motion, I use an aerobic step, which is good. But with hindsight, this is exactly what flared up my pain, so I did too many (20steps) overall, and perhaps too early. Though in my head I reasoned that if I had stairs, I would be doing it already. And I got my foam roller out as knee support for Short Arc Raises, push the knee downwards into roller while raising lower leg. This exercise is good and I feel no pain from it. My worst exercises are hip flexion or heel slides, and hip abduction. Groin does NOT like it at all.
Day 7-8 I have rested,totally rested Physio wise, instead using daily living as Physio. Getting up to wash up, or help prepare tea. Even these are extremely difficult. My lower back is agony from simply standing. I wasn’t prepared for that at all, so this came as a shock. Its so bad, I’m asking hubby to dig out my perch stool again, just so I can help, but I can relieve joints too. Just a 5 minute activity like washing up, needs hours of rest, or sleep to recover.
Lesson learnt, do not run before you can walk!!