Hip surgery remains − five years later − the smartest, bravest and most significant event of my life. Nothing can top the rewarding feeling of taking my health into my own hands, fighting tremendous fears and physical challenges, and coming through the other side a changed person.
That's not to say it's all roses now.
The pain I have now is totally different than pre-surgery's. Not in my hip at all, but rather in my back− sciatic pain on the left side. Luckily, it only hurts after a full day's activity, but when it hurts, it's nearly debilitating. I often can't even take a step until I've sat it out for a half hour or so. My right hip gets a little achy sometimes, but it's behaving much better. I'm still super active: kickboxing, volleyball, weight lifting, hiking, etc., though I am learning to not push myself so hard.
Other post-surgery effects linger. My range of motion is about 90%; I occasionally get itchy spasms on the still-numb patches on my hip; and my tailbone pain comes and goes ... and comes again. My scars look about the same as they did a couple of years ago, but I don't notice them anymore.
It's such a small price to pay. I would do it again without a second thought.
I haven't seen a hip doc since a quick follow-up visit with my surgeon, Dr. Mayo, in 2009. I know I eventually will need to go back, but not today. Today's my anniversary!