I am finally healing
Friday, November 20, 2009
Warning: kind of gross if you have a weak stomach...
I am doing pretty well now, almost three weeks post-op. I went to the doctor on Monday and got my stitches out, and I asked them exactly what they did. I mean, I did watch the video CD-ROM of the surgery, but couldn't tell much.
They told me that my joint damage was "extensive" and that there was a reason I was hurting so bad. My femoacetabular impingement (CAM impingement) was a bump about an inch long on my femur that rubbed the cartilage with every step I took, and basically shredded it. There was a lot of synovitis (swelling, infection, etc) in my joint capsule, so they had to do a procedure called "capsular release" to loosen up the joint before they even started the scope. But, it all worked out well - Doc debrided the loose, frayed cartilage and took the CAM impingement off.
What I was told regarding healing time and running, is that basically it's the same as stress fracture. There's a spot on my upper femur that has no cartilage protecting it right now - just raw bone; so I can't run until new cartilage has grown there. I don't know how long stress fractures take to heal, but I'm still hoping to get back to running in 3-4 weeks or so.
I have to take this medicine called naproxin (or something like that) which is for arthritis, but for me it's to reduce the severe inflammation that was occurring in my joint. It is a horrible medicine - basically a salt pill. It makes me retain every sip of liquid that I consume, and I consume a lot of water during the course of the day. I would say that I probably have about 10 pounds of excess water in me right now. I hope that the water retention goes away when I am done with the medicine.
Physical therapy is going well - I do a lot of exercises to strengthen the whole hip girdle area on the right side, and my left side is getting a workout as the stabilizing leg.
The problem that I have right now is that it doesn't hurt at all. At all. I feel like I don't need my crutches and that I could go running if I wanted to because all the pain is gone. I haven't gone running of course because I don't want to do any damage to the healing process, but it is truly hard to keep using the crutches and not do any cardio...