Skip to main content

How often to see a doc post-op?

I had my latest hip checkup in May 2009. When I asked Dr. Mayo when he wanted to see me again, he said in two years. Which. Is. ... About now.

The thing is, I don't really want to go. My hips feel great and I'm not too excited to make another vacation out of a hip appointment. Come May, I'll be 3 years post-op LPAO and 2½ years RPAO.

Which leads me to my question for all the other post-op hip patients out there. How often do you see a doctor for follow-up care?


SHC said…
Hey Cass...

SO happy things feel so great and you don't feel a need to have to go back!!! =)

I continue with issues (in the thigh, not the hip though), unfortunately, so while stretches of time in between trips to orthopedics has drastically increased, last time I was there was this past fall...which was 1 1/2 years since the last hip surgery (pretty good, I think!).

I am 5 years out from the intial PAO/FAI surgery though, and believe that without the continued issues from that pesky spike of bone that grew and was not detected, and wreaking havoc from within, I would have had a much longer stretch of time in between visits FOR SURE!
Cass said…
Thanks for the feedback, Sheila! I'm sorry about the bone spur. What are your options?

I'm so thankful I've had so few problems post-surgery. Very lucky!
SHC said…

The bone spike (not spur, as distinctly stated and explained as such by my OS) was manually detected during hip surgery #7 with my new OS and removed...that is what gave me my freedom! That was Feb 09.

The lingering issues are all in the thigh though, not the actual hip, just resulting issues from the surgeries (since the PAO in 2006 actually).

It's been a lot of bouncing around, moving 3 states, etc but the options now are nothing...just awaiting testing in 1 1/2 months that I've already been told won't show anything by another new doctor (not ortho). So in the meanwhile, just continuing to continue on.
hailey said…
Hi, I came across your site and wasn’t able to get an email address to contact you. Would you please consider adding a link to my website on your page. Please email me back.


Hailey William

Popular posts from this blog

Questions for surgeon pre-op

Below is my list of questions to ask Dr. Mayo pre-op.

About pre-op care and my dysplasia How many degrees is my dysplasia?How’s the other hip? When will I need surgery on it?What are my chances for a successful surgery?Should I be following any special diet or medication restrictions?
About the surgery
How long is the surgery?Will you be doing the entire surgery or do other surgeons help?Chances of finding FAI or tears in labrum? Then what?Worst-case scenario while in surgery? Any chance of THR or no PAO?Will I be intubated?Do you do a bone graft?Where will scar be?What kind of stitching?When will the catheter go in?What are the screws made of?Will I lose much blood during surgery? Should I donate my own blood prior to surgery? If so, will I get that blood back? About post-op care
What can I expect during my hospital stay? How long will I be in the hospital?How will my pain be managed in the hospital and at home? Will I get an epidural? When will it go in? What items do I need at home to he…

4 months post-op/scar pic

If there's one blanket statement I could make about having a periacetabular osteotomy, I would say this:

It's a long recovery.

When friends, family, co-workers and strangers have comments or questions about the surgery, it's usually something like: "That sounds awful!" or "Was it really painful?" or "Scary."

Truth is, while it was awful, painful and scary at times, this whole time, it simply has been long. At four months post-op, I still feel remnants of surgery in my hip. I still can't lie on my op side for longer than an hour or two without discomfort, and I still have to help my leg in and out of the car on occasion. My hip is still tender to the touch, and of course, that tailbone ...

Don't get me wrong. I have SO much to celebrate, and I can't imagine myself happier with my left hip. I have recovered smoothly and quickly. I'm not asking for anything more. That being said, I have made the following progress in the past two …

3 years post-op LPAO

A surgery can change your body. Two surgeries can change everything.

Today, on the third anniversary of my LPAO, I inevitably think back to my first operation and the years leading up to that day.

Everything has changed.

I am an outdoors enthusiast and exercise nut. I can stay on my feet all day. My new body has freed my soul, and my heart responds in kind.

The breakdown is exactly the same as it was at two years post-op: zero pain with a couple of exceptions, great range of motion, same tingly patch and itching. The one difference is that my tailbone pain has waned considerably, which gives me much, much relief.

I'm a different person today than I was on April 23, 2008, and I'll be forever thankful.