One Year After Surgery

One year ago today, I had my first hip surgery on the right hip. Somehow, it seems like both longer and shorter than a year, but here we are. I’m sure having the second surgery about 4 months ago is not helping with my time confusion. I still don’t get to enjoy the full rewards from having the right hip surgery because I am currently limited by the left hip still healing. However, there are some things that I can say after the first one.

  1. Not going to lie, it’s not perfect. It’s been rather annoying on a regular basis, probably some hip flexor and adductor tendon irritation. That soreness is improving, but I still get a little crabby about it when it hurts when I’m sitting or lying on my side. It’s not as bad as before surgery, but I had the surgery so as to get rid of that kind of pain! It’s not quite in the same place or exactly the same type of pre-surgery pain. I do think it will eventually be better than it is now. I do keep reminding myself that there was a whole lot of stuff to irritate it 4 months ago; it’s not what it would be without that.
  2. I sat today for almost 2 hours without starting to feel really tight or stiff or otherwise uncomfortable with my hips. First time in a long time for that! Seriously, I don’t know when I last did that without lots of shifting and otherwise trying to get out of positions. Despite the issues mentioned above, it is much better than it was.
  3. Strength and stability of the hip feels good. I am really enjoying working back toward a more normal activity level for me. Thankfully, the activity doesn’t seem to aggravate things.

All in all, glad I had the surgery. I think there’s a good chance I’ll be even happier about it in another 6 months. I still don’t have a little discomfort at the end of my range of motion, but hopefully that will also come along.

Last year, I was in the hospital recovering. This year, I went on a nice, 3.5 mile walk before it started snowing. Next year at this time, I hope to be up in the mountains doing a snowshoe or other outdoor adventure. Here’s to ongoing recovery!

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