Wow, two years have now passed since under going RPAO surgery. Here's how I spent my day--teaching a water class, working, then taking the kid to the park to play some ball with him. Pretty cool that it was all done pain-free. Don't get me wrong, it aches on occasion but that usually only lasts a few minutes and I still do get some muscle spams but nothing that keeps me idle for long. I can do lunges/squats and ride a bike all day long, but please don't make me jog or jump! I've learned to modify as needed, it's just good not to be a slave to my hips. I can still feel in my heart where the fear of surgery once was, and what a relief to have that all behind me now. For those of you preparing for this surgery, you'll find you're stronger than you ever thought possible and you'll be so relieved to be on the other side. I must say, "Thank you Dr.Z for giving me my life back!!!"
The body continues to amaze me. As I'm driving yesterday, out of the blue I had the most intense electrical-like, burning feeling take over the front of my upper thigh. This burning feeling created an intense itch and I swear I could feel these electrical like currents running through my skin. After awhile I forgot about it, then suddenly today it hit me that my thigh is not quite as numb as it use to be! I have more feeling in it today than I did yesterday. Isn't that weird, I'm coming up on 2 years post-PAO in July and my body is still continuing to reconnect.
I received a compliment the other day after teaching a weight resistance class . . .that I'm even tougher now than before surgery! Maybe they have a short memory, but I'll take it. It's good to know that I can still challenge them =)
I haven't posted in awhile, but am amazed at the traffic this blog continues to receive. I hope people find it to be a good resource for anyone facing PAO surgery. I can tell you that I am so glad I had this surgery. On my way to teach a class today I was wondering how things would be if this surgery wasn't available for someone like me. Would I limp in shear pain for the rest of my life? Would I have stomach ulcers from so many pain killers? Would I have faced a total hip replacement in my early 30s? Not nice thoughts I know, but they make me even more grateful for having access to a great surgeon.
Just wanted to check in . . .like I've said before--No news is good news!
What would we do without our 'Hip Girls?!' Or at least the internet with so much information on PAOs and such. It's the first place everyone hits after being told they're in need of having their hip cut out and repositioned, and by the way you'll be down and out for 8 weeks. In my journey it seems like each women finds at least one story to latch on to and follow. I know I did, and I had the opportunity recently to meet my hip idol and have a couple of beers. Of course we talked hips, but what was even better is that we've both moved on from hips and have our lives back!! I can't thank her enough though for answering my questions in my time of distress. It's nice to have someone to lean on! I know I've also been that point person for a couple of other ladies that have contacted me (turns out I even worked with one years back!) I'm glad I started the blog because I know how scary the process can be, and just to have someone's story to reference is nice. Although each person's experience is so different.
Periacetabular Osteotomy. The mother of all hip surgeries. A procedure that cuts the hip socket out of the pelvis to allow the the socket to be repositioned and then screwed back into place. This allows the ball & socket to move fluidly, preventing cartilage damage and preserving the joint in patients with faulty hips. The PAO preserves & enhances the patient's own hip, not replacing it with artificial parts like a hip replacement. Why not a hip replacement? Although the recovery is said to be easier with a hip replacement, they are not ideal for younger people as they need to be revised frequently, leading to a possible 7+ additional surgeries for someone my age. Also, active people generally can not resume their higher level of activity.