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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!