My First Week Healing After Hip Reconstruction Surgery

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  1. Laura Rike says:

    Thanks for sharing your experience!

  2. Joleisa says:

    I’m glad things worked out for you. Hope you continue to recover and do really well. I actually quite like the feeling of drifting off just before surgery. I’m a strange one.

  3. Tiia says:

    Take care and all the best for you and your healing process. 🙂

  4. Aw, I’m glad you’re doing well! I hope healing goes easy for you. I may need some type of hip surgery in the next handful of years, so your post piqued my interest! 🙂

    • awaitressnomore says:

      Thanks for reading. So sorry to hear that, but I felt great after my first one healed. I hope the same happens for you!

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks for sharing your journey. All the best

  6. aisha says:

    great blog! I am sure this will be very helpful for those going through surgery. Than you for sharing this journey. XXOO

  7. Oh my goodness you’ve been through it! I hope your healing continues along well and thank you for sharing your journey!

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  8. Tammy says:

    Thanks for sharing! It must’ve been a toughie, but you pulled through which is really inspiring.
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  9. Tiffany says:

    I’ve never experienced anything like this. I really hope your recovery is fast!

    • awaitressnomore says:

      Thanks so much! Sadly, I’ve dealt with a lot of physical problems, but I’ve learned a ton and it’s definitely put me on the path I needed to be on!

  10. Briana says:

    This sounds like such a scary experience — thank you for being brave enough to share with all of us!

    • awaitressnomore says:

      I just figure it makes me bad ass. I love sharing though so that other people know what to expect if they’re unfortunate enough to need hip surgery.

  11. Ginger says:

    Thanks for sharing. You’re right, there is not much from the patient’s point of view on the web! My 17 year old son went in for IT Band lengthening surgery on Feb 2, but after the surgeon got in there, his hip was much worse than he thought. Tyler ended up having a Pincer impingement (had to have the bone smoothed), his labrum had a horrible tear and was repaired, and he also had capsular plicaion. His surgeon said it would be too much to also have the IT band lengthened at the same time, so he will need another surgery in the future. His recovery sounds pretty much like yours so far, except for he has not regained the feeling in his hip since surgery. He says that he is numb from his hip down to his knee. (Of course, he still has about 2 more weeks before he can put any pressure on his leg.) Are you still experiencing numbness? I’m so sorry you are going through this too….wishing you a fast recovery!!

    • awaitressnomore says:

      Thanks so much for reaching out! I’m not having a lot of numbness this time around, but I definitely had it the first time even though it was just a repair and shave down. It really just depends on what nerves they hit and whatnot. It took months after my first surgery for the numbness to dissipate almost completely, but it lessened each day. I think as he’s able to put weight on it and get moving his body will start to make those mind/body connections again. They told me from all that I had done that it would be around a year before I really felt like myself again so I would be very patient. I know all too well how easy it is to freak out, but hip surgery is really one of those surgeries that take a long time to fully heal. If you have any other questions please let me know!

      It sucks being so young and having these problems. The best advice I can give Tyler is to learn from my mistakes and make sure to get checkups with a physical therapist twice a year for the rest of his life, especially since he’s still growing. If my surgeon had told me to get checkups regularly I may have been able to improve my mobility way sooner. I wish him and you the best of luck and good health!

  12. Katrina says:

    Such a major surgery! Wishing you a speedy recovery.

  13. Jillian says:

    I hope you recover well! What an ordeal! I can not imagine being able to get on a bike after a surgery like that plus heavy meds.

    • awaitressnomore says:

      I had people next to me the first few times I did it. I was terrified I’d topple over. It was super painful the first few days, but that’s to be expected. When I got my first surgery there was a passive machine called a CPM that would do it for you, but they think the bike is better for mind/body connection because you’re doing it yourself. Anything that helps to heal me!

  14. Jennifer says:

    Aw! You are so young to have gone through this. I’m so glad everything worked out in the end!

    • awaitressnomore says:

      I am, but it’s definitely given me some perspective and put me on a path that is much more fulfilling than what I was doing. Although the pain sucks I’m so happy it happened because I wouldn’t be where I am without it.

  15. kumamonjeng says:

    Hope you have a speedy recovery. But first of all, why do need a hip surgery? Can you please educate me more? I have heard about this few times but not sure what is the cause? Your picture before the surgery show that you are such a brave girl. Really scary for me even to look at those pictures. Anyway, speedy recovery!
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    • awaitressnomore says:

      Thanks for asking! I had a hip surgery in 2011 for a labral repair and a shaving down of the hip bone. It was a much less in-depth surgery than the one I just had. It turns out that the doctor missed a part on top of the femoral head of my bone that had a bony extrusion. When I had this done in 2011 this was a still very new surgery to have done arthroscopically and they didn’t have the protocols created that they do now that requires them checking all points for bony abnormalities.

      It’s my current surgeons belief that the little bony part leftover is what tore my labrum to shreds. The labrum is basically what keeps the hip and the femur together and prevents bone on bone issues. Without a labrum to protect me it leads to a bunch of issues.

      Oddly enough I suffered no pain in my hip this time around until recently. My body was compensating for my hips inability to move correctly and making everything around it tighten up and pull down towards my right hip. So my organs weren’t able to function correctly and I had a lot of GI issues. My lower abdominal pain was my main complaint and no one thought it could be my hip doing that. Turns out it was caused by a very tight psoas tendon which basically runs along your groin to the side of your belly button.

      They finally figured out it was the hip causing all of this and here I am now! I’ll be writing a more in-depth post soon about how I got here and why I decided on doing the surgery soon!

  16. Sakshi says:

    The way u have come out of it.. It is so commendable. I respect you for your strength. More power to you 🙂

  17. Elizabeth O says:

    Wishing you a speedy recovery, it sounds like you have everything in place to have a really smooth recovery.

  18. Ayana says:

    Very interesting to hear the process first hand! I’m so glad that it went smoothly and they figured out that they needed to do more than they thought. I hope you recover quickly and are back to normal soon!

  19. Ana Ojha says:

    The word ‘surgery’ itself freaks me out! Hats of to you girl for going through all this! Hope you recover soon! Sending you hugs!

  20. Love the Spirit from which you write this post. I am lucky enough to not have had experienced this, but I am certain hat those searching for a patient’s perspective will appreciate it. Your recommendations will no doubt come in handy dandy! Thanks for your mindfulness and for raising awareness. Blessings, xo Evelyn,
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  21. Alison Rost says:

    It’s really important that you do the best you can to help your body recover. I think you did amazing and although it’s been a tough week, you were on top of it!

  22. Christin says:

    I hope I never have to go through this. But, this is great information for anyone who does!

  23. Preet says:

    Thanks for sharing your journey. Hope you recover soon! Sending you hugs!

  24. Nati says:

    It’s great that you decided to share your experience of your surgery and the first week healing hip! I agree with you that firsthand experiences on this kind (and other kinds) of surgery are not easy to find, so what you are doing is really important!
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    • awaitressnomore says:

      Thanks so much for the encouragement, Nati. I hope it’s beneficial to others. I’ve already gotten a ton of questions from people and it’s felt so nice to be able to be useful even though I’m pretty much stuck in bed the majority of the time.

  25. Faith says:

    Wow. So much to go through when so young. I hope your recovery is swift.

  26. Emily Krings says:

    This post is so candid! I hope you’re recovering nicely!

  27. Becca Talbot says:

    Wow, it sounds like you’ve been through the wars a bit recently. I hope you’re on the mend and recovering well! x

  28. So glad you made it through surgery . But I have to ask…( bc this is my first time reading your blogs) why did you need hip reconstruction? My mother is currently suffering from pain after working nearly 40 years as a stylist I would like to know what made you seek help?

    • awaitressnomore says:

      Hi Tesha,

      I had hip surgery previously in 2011 because I tore my labrum. It’s basically what holds your hip socket and femoral head in place. I had what they call an impingement which basically means that my femoral head wasn’t smooth enough and was creating issues with my mobility. I present atypically which makes it hard to diagnose me, but most people with this issue have lower back pain, sciatic pain, IT band pain, knee pain and hip/groin pain.

      My first surgeon missed a bony spur which allowed it to continue to tear up my labrum for 6 years. So instead of a labral repair like last time I had to have a donor labrum put in along with a bunch of other work. Again, I present oddly, so I had a lot of lower, centralized abdominal. This was due to years of my body compensating for the lack of movement in my right hip. All my organs were internally being pulled towards my right hip and I was a total mess. I had digestive issues, pelvic pain and abdominal pain for a year before my hip actually started to spark any pain, haha.

      It was really me trying physical therapy for over 6 months with very little results. I knew something was wrong, but I never suspected it was my hip again until my PT told me just to check in with my surgeon and rule it out. If you have any more questions please feel free to ask. That’s why I put this together.

      My mom is a nurse so I understand how much an active job like a stylist can impact their bodies. What kind of pain is she having? No one should have to live in pain so I highly suggest she go to her doctor and have things checked out. They should be able to give her a prescription for physical therapy to see if they can help that way before doing anything serious like surgery. Often that helps quite a few people. I know all this stuff is expensive, but in my experience not getting help early on only allows the issue to compound and get worse.

      Please let me know if you have any other questions!

  29. Fiona says:

    Thank You for sharing this recovery journey with us.
    I can’t even imagine your struggles. I have been recovering at home since past year coz of spine issue and the pain and the struggles have been really tough

    Feel better soon 🙂

  30. Enele Ogah says:

    I’m glad you are getting better.
    Get well soon.
    I wish you safe and speedy recovery.

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