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1 year post op LPAO

Happy anniversary to me! A year ago, I was lying in a hospital bed, numb from the waist down. Today, I feel so many things ... grateful, relieved, happy and normal. And let's not forget what I'm not feeling: pain.

One year post op, my left hip feels better than it has in more than 1o years. Sometimes I'm amazed at what medical knowledge and technology has done for me. Seems crazy that cutting my hip apart in three places and screwing it back together has been so beneficial!

At this point:
  • Zero pain in my hip when walking, jogging and jumping.
  • Deep groin pain when lying on my side and doing any external rotation (clam-shell type movement).
  • Numb patches are gone, replaced by a tingly feeling on my scar and within a three-inch radius. (I still don't like touching my skin here.)
  • Range of motion is about 90 percent of what it was prior to surgery.
  • Clicking in the joint has increased considerably. I hear/feel it with almost every step, which does make my hip sore after about a half hour.
  • I consider myself fully recovered!
The recovery process was challenging -- though mostly long -- but I'm so happy I went through with the surgery. Yes, it has been worth it!

Comments

TnT said…
Happy Hipaversary!

I thought of you and your "Captain Morgan" problem when I read someone else's blog regarding a "snapping psoas tendon." It just sounded suspiciously similar to what you are experiencing.

Not sure if that's something you have asked about or not. Just a possibility.

Terri
Cass said…
Thanks Terri! Thanks for the info about the psoas. I'll look into it and ask my surgeon in a couple of weeks. Appreciate it!
Anonymous said…
Congratulation on your 1 year ! I´m having my PAO after 1 week and now I just can´t wait to start the healing progress... :-)
Thank you for your blog, it has helped me alot in getting ready...
Best wishes from Iceland
Halldóra
Anonymous said…
Hi,

Im supposed to have my first PAO in less than a month. I wondered if your clicking problem has gone away yet? I think that would drive me nuts. What did your surgeon say?
Cass said…
My clicking really isn't a "problem." I honestly hardly notice it. My surgeon told me that the surgery would not take care of this issue, and he was right. I don't know what causes the clicking, but apparently, the PAO doesn't help. But don't worry, it's not painful, and it's the very least of my post-op concerns.
You're going to do great. Let me know how it goes.

Cassie

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