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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...
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  • IPA-RAY
    Good luck with your recovery. I also think you need to follow your doctor's instructions. 3-4 weeks is a short time and you will probably be stronger in some ways from the P.T. I'm guessing that there are many Flying Pigs in your future.
    4024 days ago
  • SEEHOLZ
    I can imagine how hard it is not to do any cardio-- which ads to the water retention as your body is so used to sweating!
    I'm so glad that the recovery is going well! And I know you NEED to listen to the Dr about this healing process! You got your whole life to run, so a few more weeks is a lot better than getting back to doing nothing after you attempted for a litte while.
    What types of exercises are you doing for the hip gurdle btw?
    4027 days ago
  • JOHNBABJR
    I'm glad to hear things are going well, Molly. I look forward to hearing more good news as the weeks pass. Have a great holiday!
    4027 days ago
  • JEM0622
    Glad they took care of you. Sounds terribly painful. Definitely do the doctors orders thing. Sorry that the naproxen is causing water retention issues. I pray all of this is temporary for you. Lemon slices in your H20 help release the fluid retention. ~julie
    4027 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/20/2009 12:32:51 PM
  • KRITTERKEEPERS
    Glad to hear the surgery went well and that you are healing and out of pain. Make sure you do not take the naproxin on an empty stomach, as it can cause ulcers.
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    4027 days ago
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